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Flash TV Updates: Latest Trailers, More Scripts Ordered

Over the weekend, the CW released two more trailers for the Flash TV series, The Future Begins (above) and Discover (after the cut). With two weeks to go, buzz for the show continues to be very positive. The CW is confident enough that they’ve already started ordering more scripts for the second half of the season.

They’ve also released a lot of interview clips and official cast photos over the last couple of weeks — and an official description of the first episode, “City of Heroes.” (Lucky for them that title’s not being used anymore, huh?) We’ve gotten a little behind on our TV coverage here at Speed Force, focusing mainly on casting news, but you can catch up at Flash TV News or Flash Fans.org.

Oh yeah, that episode description:

THE FASTEST MAN ALIVE IS BORN — Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father (John Wesley Shipp) was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris (Candice Patton). Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his S.T.A.R. Labs team members, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes), who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning. After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed. Thrilled with his new powers, Barry learns how to control them with the help of Dr. Wells and his team. However, keeping his secret from his best friend Iris (Candice Patton) is proving to be harder than he thought, especially when Joe’s new partner, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett), catches her eye. When another meta-human attacks the city, it’s time to put Barry’s new powers, and himself, to the test. David Nutter directed the episode with story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kresiberg and Geoff Johns and teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns (100).


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Video Contest: Run to the Flash (Flash TV Talk)


The podcast Flash TV Talk is running a fan contest. Read on for more details:

While we all anxiously await the new CW Flash series, the Flash TV Talk podcast has been getting hyped with Flash Fan events and contests like the #SpeedsterShowdown, #RoguesRumble, and the “Race To 50″ drawing.

Its time to go BIG!

It’s simple. Have a friend record a video of you running across the screen (left to right) in your favorite Flash Gear! Could be a shirt, hat, or even a full fledged costume! Bonus points to Flash Fans who are able to record the run in front of a local monument or attraction (Mt Rushmore, The Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, etc.)

Select video entries will be compiled into one super sketch that will be broadcast to the world wide Flash Fan community on Youtube and sent to the show’s creators, CW, and DC Comics!

Send the video as well as your twitter handle and city/state/country to Contest@FlashTVTalk.com

What’s the give away!? Every entry will be added to a drawing to win the Comixology collected edition of The Flash (2011-) Vol. 1: Move Forward

Be sure to snap a picture with the hash-tag #RunToTheFlash and tweet us to let the world know we aren’t going to sit still until the Flash gets here!

All Entries must be in by July 31st



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Three Flash TV Spots: Impossible Man, STAR Labs Team and Friend Zoned

You’ve probably seen these by now (I’ve been a bit too busy to post much lately), but in case you haven’t, here are some promotional videos for the upcoming Flash TV show. The first two feature Barry Allen and the STAR Labs scientists who become his support team.

The Flash: Impossible Man

The Flash – S.T.A.R. Labs Team

The third features Barry and Iris West, and interview clips with Candice Patton.

The Flash – Friend Zoned

(via Comics Worth Reading and The Flash Podcast)


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Blink and you’ll miss the Flash teaser in this Arrow Preview

Word is that a full trailer for The Flash will debut with tomorrow’s Arrow season finale. (Via Flash TV News)


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Flash Fan Film: Iris

A short Flash fan film called “Iris” has been making the rounds lately. It’s a deceptively simple concept: Barry Allen and Iris West have an important conversation, and works out as a great character piece.

A second film is in the works, and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

My name is Ross Howard, together with my cousin Patrick and our friend Sam we wrote and made a fan film based on the fastest man alive called “Iris”

Growing up together Patrick and I made short films in his living room and back yard (Martial arts shorts, superheroes, ghostbusters etc) and through out both of our lives we’ve been reaching towards a dream of making and creating films that entertain and inspire like the films and comics that did for us growing up.

Patrick’s mom was an amazing woman who encouraged all of our crazy antics, a talented artist and actress she made a Flash costume that was truly spectacular.

This short is our first attempt at creating something together, after he’s been acting and I recently graduated from film school. Now, were both getting ready to move to LA.

This is our humble first film. We hope you enjoy it…

Ross Howard

Patrick Flanagan Kid FlashEver since I was a little kid I dreamed of being a superhero. Before I could even read my mother purchased me my first comic book. Her and my father always encouraged us to never give up and always go after our dreams. One of the last costumes she made for me was an awesome homemade Flash suit. I won a prize at school for it and definitely hammed it up.

I began acting at a theme park out of high school after a year of college and after many years moved here to New Orleans.

Recently, some friends from a film entitled “Jake’s Road” got together to help bring “Iris” to life. “Iris” was a short film concept by myself and Ross Howard who is a graduate of Jacksonville University film school and also my cousin. “Iris” was rewritten and directed by my very good friend, Sam Sullivan. Sam was instrumental in getting us all together and making this happen.

Everyone involved did this just for the sheer love of doing what we do.

We hope you will share it with fans and dreamers like us. I hope this encourages more people out there to keep going after their dreams. Find out what you’re passionate about and make your dream a reality!

Hope this email finds you all doing very well and keep up the good work!

God bless!

Patrick Dennis Flanagan

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The Flash into the Speed Force - My new video in which the Flash runs so fast he breaks through the barrier of time and space and runs inside the Speed Force! 

I’m happy with this video, I just wish it was a little longer. 

I’d love if any of you could ‘Like’ this video of mine on youtube! It really helps me out a lot! I’d really appreciate it! :) 


Your Flash videos are always amazing, man. @//__//@ Wicked clever, brilliant effects, great characterization—

keep up the awesome work! 8//D I’m always happy to see a new vid up, aw yessss.))

Thank you so much! 

What the heck – I figured I’d post a second video for the Animated Anthems event. This one’s a fan video by tehbasil set to “The Ballad of Barry Allen,” by Jim’s Big Ego, from the album, They’re Everywhere!. If anyone in he music industry knows Barry Allen, it’s singer/songwriter Jim Infantino. He’s the nephew of classic Flash artist Carmine Infantino!

Check back at our first video of the day, the Filmation Flash intro from 1967, or check out the rest of the Animated Anthems being celebrated today!

Review: Stan Lee’s Lightspeed

I recently decided to try out Netflix’s instant streaming service by watching Stan Lee’s Lightspeed, the made-for-TV movie about a government agent turned super-speedster. It’s been on my queue for a while, and I figured I’d free up the slot for something else.

Ultimately, I was really impressed — with the service. The image and sound were very clear, even with the window playing fullscreen. I’m annoyed that it’s Windows— and Internet Explorer—only. Aside from that, the only thing I really missed was fine control over fast-forward and rewind.

The movie itself? Cheesy. And what’s worse, dull. I took a break halfway through and wasn’t sure I really cared about coming back to finish it. Heatstroke was better — and I mean that.

The structure’s fine. It starts with the villain, a man with snake-like skin called Python, and a firefight between the villain’s gang, the people in a building, and a SWAT-team—like group called the Ghost Squad. Then it flashes back to the villain’s origin, then jumps forward to the aftermath of the battle and weaves the hero’s origin into the tale of Python’s master scheme. Like many classic stories, the hero’s and villain’s origins are linked.

The effects are decent, if no more exciting than those that appeared on The Flash a decade and a half earlier. Though they do spend more time in daylight. The suit is goofy, but they at least hang a lampshade on its goofiness: he picks it up at a sporting goods store to help protect himself from windburn.

But the movie just isn’t compelling at all.

I started taking notes during the film, but they quickly turned into snarky commentary. So rather than writing a full review, I’m attaching them below the cut. There could be spoilers, so beware.



Running Commentary

Cheesy monster in first 30 seconds

Sounds like the Batman theme.

No corporations were slandered in the making of this film (Hollibrown)

Bloody firefight - is it related to crocodile man?

Yeah, step on that dead body!

Look! more blood!


Ripping off John Williams, here.

Fakest. explosions. ever.

I swear this looks like Tina McGee’s lab…just with snakes.

Why do mad scientists always use themselves as test subjects?

Stem-cell research! Topical reference! (Or just buzzwords.)

Hmm, cute nurse in a different color outfit than all the other nurses. Wonder if she’ll show up again? (Edit: As near as I can tell, she didn’t.)

Ah, the old government shuts down funding, so scientist goes too far to prove it’s viable routine.

Dude, stop talking to your research.

Hmm, guy working on skin grafts for burn victims gets caught in a fire. What are the odds?

Hmm, replaced leg joints with metal, so they can take the stress of super-speed…

"Ghost Squad"?

Oh, look, radioactive material!

Hate Free zone, huh? Good luck with that.

So how did the skin grafts give him too many teeth?

Ah, the radiation overdose origin!

It’s kind of refreshing to see a super-villain with minions these days. That sort of went out with the silver age.

Dramatic music as he PUSHES THE BUTTON!

Pressured to prove his theories or lose funding, Snakeman stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator…and vanished.

Get a room! Oh, wait, they have one.

Cue the dramatic Physical Therapy Calendar Montage!!!

Super-speed beer-bottle-putting-down!

As first runs go, it’s better than catching a taxi.

Hmm, someone needs to not overexert himself.

Did Python just say, “General Hague?” I thought he was doing Deep Space Nine.

Well, if he was, it clearly wasn’t for long.

Hey, snake-guy has super-speed too! Or it’s just funky editing.

Hmm, is that desk nurse the one we saw in the flashback?

Fastest Man Alive… using a walker.

"I got a rocket pack!" Because it’s far more believable than "I can run 500 MPH." (Well, actually, it is, but still.)

At least the suit is practical, even if it looks… would “godawful” or “fugly” be more appropriate?

"You can never get too high." Judging by the guy saying it, he means it.

Hmm, a convenience store. I wonder if it’s going to get robbed. Yep.

Super-speed disarmament! Interesting that the rest of the fight is mostly at normal speed.

Ah, hiding the secret ID from the girlfriend. Because that ALWAYS works out well.

Someone asks the all-important question about the MacGuffin: “What does it do?”

The Greenhouse Effect DOES NOT WORK THAT WAY!!!

TWO kinds of unobtanium! Made-up elements FTW!

FBI-ish squad goes out, tells hero not to worry, they’ll handle it — this won’t end well either.

Wait… I thought he was supposed to DRINK that stuff, not inject it.

"It’s not too late to stop!" - gee, I’ve never heard that one before.

Way to keep your secret ID, there…

Bright villain: not telling henchmen his plan. Someone read the evil overlord list.

Wow…he’s not actually lying to her! I’m impressed!

Head-in-a-vise. Ew.

At least they’re having fun with musical dissonance. Don’t think Beth is getting out of this alive. Way to undermine her status as an action girl. Crack agent -> hostage. Sorta like Deedlit in Record of Lodoss War, actually.

Hmm, if she WAS the mole, that’s at least something different. (Though my money’s on the guy in charge who keeps dismissing everything.)

New use for a utility belt: Nitro bottles!

Are they using the same effects that the Flash TV show used?

Hmm, yeah, Washington, D.C. IS a swamp.

Ah, the classic super-hero’s dilemma: save the love interest, or save the city?

And the brother finally stands up to him.

Wow… Python’s a real whiner, isn’t he?

Well, big flipping duh on the real mole.

OK, Python is officially IN-FRIGGIN-SANE. Eeeeww…

So, does Beth inject him w/ adrenaline, or does Tanner redeem himself with his dying breath?

Lady, the adrenaline?

Shorter scene than the one in Pulp Fiction.

Aaaaand, cue the sappy ending!

The Ballad of Barry Allen

Now seems like a good time to post about “The Ballad of Barry Allen.” The song tells about Barry’s life as the Flash, and how lonely it can be at super-speed. The band, Jim’s Big Ego, is headed by the nephew of legendary Flash artist Carmine Infantino, who did the cover artwork on the album.

And yes, the song’s actually good!

It’s available as a digital download from on iTunes, on Amazon’s MP3 store, on Slabster and on CD. I originally bought it through iTunes, but it’s worth looking at Amazon or Slabster since the tracks are just plain MP3s. No DRM, no account activation, no need to authorize computers or stick with one company’s player—-hardware or software.

There’s also a great fan music video, "Seems so slow," that uses clips from the Justice League and Teen Titans cartoons:

See also: Flash Music.