When I first heard about Arrow, I did not think it was for me. I love me some superheroes but Green Arrow has never been high on my list of favourite DC characters. I mean, he’s essentially Batman with a bow and arrow, but less badass. As it turns out, I loved the first two seasons of Arrow and am very much looking forward to season three. Season two of the show however introduced one of my all-time favourite heroes: The Flash.
The Flash Basics
First things first, there has been more than one Flash in the DC comics universe and the one we’re getting in the show is Barry Allen. This Flash first came into the universe in the 1950’s and was given his powers by a lightning strike covering him in chemicals, much like what was shown in the Arrow episode where we last saw him. He may seem like a relatively new character to some who read the comics as he was ‘killed’ in 1985 to only return in 2008, so there was quite a while with no Allen. Allen is very popular amongst the other heroes of the DC universe, even Batman once said that Barry was the kind of guy he’d have liked to have been if his parents hadn’t been murdered. His power is super speed. He can time travel and has the ability to vibrate through other solid matter. He is so fast, in fact, that he can run at more than ten time the speed of light. Though presumably we will only see his massive speed and how he gets to controlling it in the first season.
Sorry Wally West fans, maybe next time
What the show needs to do
Obviously, the first few episodes at least are going to revolve around Barry coming to terms with what’s happened to him, his powers and possibly what occurred in Starling City while he was comatose. However, the show cannot stick to the same type of criminals and other obstacles Arrow had. It would make no sense for one thing. I mean, we can’t have him waiting on a team to locate a bad guy or have someone being taken hostage make him find another way to defeat the kidnapper. Since he can move faster than the speed of light he would just be able to search his city inside out in no time at all. And if a criminal has a hostage, he can get them to safety and put the bad guy in jail before anyone knows what happened. Therefore, we need criminals that possess super human abilities. We’ve seen Weather Wizard – 10 points to whoever can figure out what he does – and the Reverse Flash so far through “Arrow”. I have no doubt the writing will be up to scratch for the majority of the show and that’s what it comes down to for me. As long as Flash has the villains to match the hero it could stand up to, and maybe even be better than, the first two seasons of Arrow. The time when it proves me right or wrong can’t come fast enough.
Reverse Flash – villain with the least original name and suit colour scheme