This is the year of the Flash

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
The Flash is one of the most popular DC Comics characters.
Nobody’s faster than the Flash!

If 2013 was the year of Superman and Iron Man, then 2014 will definitely be the year of Barry Allen, also known as the Flash.

Actor Grant Gustin recently guest-starred in two episodes of the hit CW TV show, Arrow, as the clumsy, slow-moving, and often tardy police scientist, Barry Allen. He ends up being zapped by a scientific experiment gone wrong, leaving viewers with a cliffhanger that comic book fans recognize as the moment that Barry Allen gains his superpowered speed. Now that Warner Bros. teased our need for speed with the Arrow guest appearances, they’re preparing to film a pilot later this year for The Flash spin-off show. Considering how charming Gustin was in his portrayal of the character and the high quality of Arrow, we’re in for a real treat.

From the TV screen to the silver screen, fans are already speculating that the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman, will be used by DC Comics to take on the wildly successful Avengers from rival Marvel Comics. Since actress Gal Gadot was recently cast as Wonder Woman for Batman vs. Superman, it seems logical that DC will add the Flash and bring its long-established superhero squad, the Justice League, into fully realized cinema form!

Even if they don’t end up adding Barry Allen to join forces with Bruce Wayne, Clark Kent, and Diana Prince in the live-action movie, DC Comics is definitely releasing its animated movie Justice League: War on February 4 for Blu-ray and DVD. If The Flash comic books are more your style, the series will be getting some love in April when a brand new creative team will be stepping in to freshen things up.

So, it’s safe to say that 2014 is the year when the Flash will break out into mainstream culture like a lightning bolt!

Featured image courtesy of the CW and Arrow Facebook. Image of the Flash courtesy of DC Comics.