‘The Flash’: Precisely By The Book

The Flash seems to be the only TV show based on comic books which actually reflects the comic book world – and perhaps this is the secret of its popularity. Most superhero shows were created to change the perception of the comic book universe, to make it more acceptable for the audience that doesn’t understand the specifics of comics.

According to the CheatSheet, it’s not how The Flash works.

“Instead of the more real-world appeal a show like Daredevil boasts, The Flash fully indulges in its source material. From the hokey special effects to the bright sense of humor, the whole show looks like a comic book come to life, rather than a real-life reinvention.”

The Flash, though slightly modified, can satisfy every self-respecting geek, as well as someone who has never heard about Barry Allen before he appeared on the screens. TV Over Mind explains that such phenomenon was created due to certain special properties of comic books, finally fully transmitted to the show.

“Escapism (TV, film, books and more) is one form of finding that hope, so when you have a show like The Flash and a performer like Gustin, who gets to show us the length of fun and good that you can have with something like super-speed, it provides individuals with inspiration. That’s not to say that leading characters of non-comic books show or movies can’t have that same effect, but these comic book heroes that we see on the pages can go to certain lengths that other genres just simply can’t. There is the comic book aspect of The Flash, when you see Barry fight supervillains like Captain Cold (Wentworth Miller) and the Reverse-Flash (Tom Cavanagh), a classic good versus evil story that we all love to see while also exploring the origin of the man behind the speed.”

However, The Flash‘s closeness to the original comic book stories makes people predict some of the comic book twists. For example, it was recently reported that the Reverse-Flash is going to return in one of the forthcoming issues of the comics. According to the Inquisitr, it might mean that the villain might also return to the TV show in Season 2.

“The Reverse-Flash has long history of leaving and returning to the DC Comics property, and the CW adaptation of The Flash followed the popular Flashpoint storyline fairly closely. However, the timeline was so dramatically disrupted in Flashpoint that ripple caused Bruce Wayne’s death, and Thomas Wayne to become Batman. It was Batman (Thomas Wayne) that murdered Reverse-Flash in that comic book series.”

Judging by countless fans’ experience, sometimes the TV series will follow the plot of the original source pretty closely and then all of a sudden everything changes. So perhaps it would be wise not to get our hopes high and just wait for The Flash, Season 2.

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