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Developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, the DC Comics character of "The Flash" is a spinoff from the successful "Arrow" series broadcast by The CW. The same network is behind the development of "The Flash," who appeared in "Arrow" as a backdoor pilot into the new series which opens with the early life of the iconic character.
Barry Allen is a crime scene investigator whom we first meet as he recounts the trauma he felt as a child struggling to come to terms with the loss of his other. Barry witnessed the death of his mother who was stabbed by what appears in Barry's memories as a yellow blur. The idyllic life lived by Barry to that point is torn apart by his father being tried and convicted for the crime.
Back in the present day, Barry has become a Crime Scene Investigator who attends the scene of a robbery with all the evidence pointing to the crime being the work of the legendary Mardon Brothers. Barry reveals his evidence to Detective Joe West, who does not give the CSI much credit for his discoveries. Later attending the unveiling of a particle accelerator designed and built by Harrison Wells and Iris West, the daughter of Detective Joe West, Barry is injured when a lightning storm strike STAR Labs. The surge of electricity knocks Barry into a nine-month coma which he wakes from and finds he has superhuman speed and other abilities.
At first, Barry does not want to listen to Harrison about the genetic changes he has undergone, which Barry is only just starting to see and understand. Despite the changes he feels and the apparent return of at least one of the Mardon Brothers, Barry refuses to shift his focus away from the love he feels for Iris.
The return of the super criminal leads to a series of bank robberies which are highlighted by the fact the robber can seemingly affect the weather to his every whim. Barry attempts to assist Detective West and his new partner as they try to apprehend Clyde Mardon but finds Clyde far more able to control his powers than he is. Back at STAR Labs, Barry is given a suit designed for firefighters which can resist heat which "The Flash" is suffering from as he struggles to cope with the friction caused by his movement through the air at super-speed.
Despite having no formal affiliation with the police, Barry begins to work with Detective West as he tries to bring an end to the reign of terror of Clyde Mardon. As Barry is becoming "The Flash" for the first time, Harrison makes his way to a secret room where he reveals a number of secrets which will bring about problems for the future of Barry and his friends.
Showrunners, Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg had begun working together on "The Arrow" series and would later be asked by DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns to bring the character of "The Flash" to the screen. Berlanti had already made his name in TV and film because of his early work on "Dawson's Creek" and "Riverdale." Co-creator Andrew Kreisberg began his career working on the TV show, "Fringe" before moving to the DC Comics universe with the show, "Booster Gold" before getting his big break with his co-creation of "The Arrow."
"Glee" star Grant Gustin takes the role of "The Flash" and Barry Allen after making his name on Broadway and as a member of the touring company for "West Side Story." Following his time on "Glee," Gustin appeared in a Lifetime network movie before making his way to the "Arrowverse" to take up the role of Barry Allen he has played in "Supergirl," and "Legends of Tomorrow."
Iris West is played by Candice Patton, an actress best known for her many roles on various soap operas in the U.S. After winning the nationwide audition contest, Soap Star Screen test, Patton appeared in "The Young and the Restless" and went on to appear in "The Bold and the Beautiful."
Filmed in British Columbia, Canada, "The Flash" is a member of the DC Comics Universe and was initially introduced to viewers as part of the team assembled by "Arrow." "The Flash" is a spinoff from "Arrow" with its co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg taking on the roles of showrunners for the first season. Like the rest of the "Arrowverse," "The Flash" is broadcast by The CW network which has been developed a close working relationship with DC Comics. Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment produce the show which has been sold to networks in the U.K., Ireland, and Australia. The overriding story arc of "The Flash" which includes some aspects of time travel has added to the appeal of the show, alongside its different crime needing solving each week premise.
The first season of "The Flash" was a critical success for viewers with the Rotten Tomatoes site providing a 97 percent fresh rating for the opening episodes of the story arc of "The Flash." Many of the professional critics were initially unsure about whether "The Flash" should receive a spinoff from "Arrow" but the positive reviews seem to have proven the doubters wrong about this DC Comics franchise. The second season of "The Flash" had a growing reputation on Rotten Tomatoes with the adventures of Barry Allen receiving a 100 percent fresh rating from Rotten Tomatoes. Seasons three and four saw the quality of the show dip a little with Rotten Tomatoes giving a still favorable 84 percent and the fourth season receiving an average score of 76 percent. Season five received an average rating of 95 percent with the sixth season of "The Flash" to follow in 2020.
The introduction of "The Flash" gave lead actor, Grant Gustin a guarantee of a long-term job no matter how the TV show fared. Gustin's Barry Allen was set to join the team in "Arrow" if "The Flash" TV show failed. This is the latest incarnation of "The Flash" which follows the TV show of the 1990s starring John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen. John Wesley Shipp features in the show as Barry's father, Henry.