the flash

It’s hard to know what to make of the extended five-minute trailer for The CW’s The Flash series—while Grant Gustin seems charming enough in the role of Barry Allen/The Flash, and the TV-budget special effects aren’t too embarrassing, so much of this is stuff we’ve seen before.  Before gaining superpowers, is our lead something of a quirky nerd who also manages to be model-level handsome?  Check.  Does he have a mysterious backstory in which a parent died?  Check.  Did a random freak accident give him superpowers because, I dunno, science?  Check.  Are all the other obligatory origin tale beats—making the costume, testing his powers, cameos from other heroes—included?  Check.

Essentially, it’s a charming little trailer stuffed full of all the same story elements we’ve seen in superhero origin tales for the past 10 years.  Seriously, switch the costume out and slow down the hero and this could have been a Spider-Man trailer.  Check it out:

The Flash premieres on The CW this fall.

What do you think of the trailer?

Source: The CW