Spurred by the success of Tim Burton’s Batman , CBS television took a gamble on an expensive superhero show that had nothing but everything to do with Batman. Employing the heightened reality and color, time displaced setting, and seriousness of Batman, John Wesley Shipp’s Flash lasted only a single season, but it demonstrated once again the viability of a weekly superhero drama on mainstream television. That baton would be picked up by Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, before Smallville would permanently cement capes and tights television, despite avoiding both. Join the DC History Club as we explore the story behind the story of putting the fastest man alive on television, the first time. We’ll talk about the show’s development, cast, creators, musical score, and of course that suit.
Essential viewing: Only time to watch one episode of Flash, take the word of the show’s creators that the series finale is the one to watch. Knowing the shows future was uncertain they put everything they had including Mark Hamill as the Trickster into this last outing.
The DC Daily John Wesley Shipp interview. Everything you would hope for in 20 minutes.
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Essential reading: Yes, there is a comic tied to the Flash series. Check out this DC Comics special.
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This show is certainly enjoyable but is it historical important? If it is, what makes it important?
What lessons do you think were learned and later applied to CW’s Flash or other superhero television shows?
How does Michael Wesley Shipp’s portrayal of Barry Allen compare Grant Gustin’s? How does it compare with other iconic DC actors such as Lynda Carter or Christopher Reeve?