Marc Guggenheim's been talking about the FLASH lately and a quote he made about the movie being basically “three movies in one” has been jumping from site to site online like chain-lighting (from Newsarama to CBM to Slash Film.) Basically, because they’re going to focus on the “science police” aspect of Barry Allen’s day life, the movie’s going to break down into one-third forensic thriller, one-third superhero actioner and one-third sports movie (on account of how the Flash displays a lot more track and field athleticism than your average colorful vigilante.) So, there'll be more going on in this than the usual superhero struggle; though, you can still make an argument that a lot of other cape films have straddled genres. DARK KNIGHT was a crime ensemble, BLADE was a kung-fu flick, CAPTAIN AMERICA’s going to be a war picture, and so on.
All this talk of forensics makes for the perfect opportunity to bring up the FLASH TV show from the 90s.
I realize we’ve got some young’ins in the Comic Vine community (and it’s actually a little sobering to realize that this show might seem like ancient history to them) but, believe it or not, there did used to be a live-action series about the fastest man alive. It ran on Fox prime time for around 22 episodes and, would you believe, it recently got collected on DVD. The show actually started off much like Guggenheim describes - - a foresenics cop show that just happened to feature a superhero - - before scoundrels from the scarlet speedster’s rogue's gallery were steadily introduced toward the end of the series. Notably, this is where Mark Hamill got to get his feet wet with the kind over-the-top super-villainous roles he became so well-known for. That’s right, Luke Skywalker played the Trickster a while before he played the Joker or the Hobgoblin.
Since we’re far off from seeing the Flash in live action again, how about you enjoy what’s already here? == TEASER ==