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SECRET ORIGINS OF THE SUPER-SPEEDSTERS
PART
SEVEN: THE 2014 FLASH TV SERIES

THE FLASH television show is a huge hit for the CW, a network jointly-owned by CBS and Warner Brothers. Disney recently bought Marvel, but there's no danger of DC getting swallowed by a huge conglomerate. It's been owned by one for years! Namely, Warner Brothers! Still, where did the new Flash TV show come from? What is its "Secret Origin"? Time to reveal all, as only Robby can!
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ACTION!
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THE FLASH is the end-product of many years of experimentation and testing. It all started with SMALLVILLE, a series about Superman's youth as a costume-less Superboy. This show introduced the "Freak of the Week" concept, where Kryptonite harmed Superboy but empowered his enemies, creating a different "super-freak" each week...
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SMALLVILLE also perfected the "back-up team" concept, where a single superhero is aided by a team of tech people and other super heroes who operate out of a hidden central headquarters. In SMALLVILLE, Superboy was backed-up by Chloe, Green Arrow, Impulse, Martian Manhunter and others -- a junior JLA team that operated out of the "Watchtower," a tech-filled command post located in a skyscraper. SMALLVILLE was never a huge breakout hit, but it did OK, and it stayed on the air for a full decade!
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Next came ARROW, with Oliver Queen as Green Arrow. This show used the SMALLVILLE template of a hero backed by a team operating in a hidden liar. The success of ARROW lead to the creation of THE FLASH, a show whose stories utilized the "hero backed by a team" and "Freak of the Week" concepts. But there were major differences.
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THIS time, the hero wore something close to his traditional superhero uniform. Not a red jacket and blue jeans, like Clark Kent did in Smallville. A real, genuine, SUPERHERO UNIFORM! And each "Freak of the Week" wasn't some nameless bit player, they were full-fledged super-villains, complete with uniforms and code-names of their own, such as Capt. Cold and Heat Wave aka the "Temperature Twins"!
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In the comics, Barry Allen was originally a full-grown (blonde) adult, but for the TV show, the role would be played by a KID! By focusing on a younger Barry, the producers hoped to capture the all-important youth demographic, which leads to increased advertising rates, aka MORE MONEY. The role of Barry "Flash" Allen went to former "Glee" star (brown-haired, age 25) Grant Gustin.
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In the Flash pilot episode, Barry is seen reading SCIENTIFIC SHOWCASE magazine, a reference to the comic in which the Silver Age Flash made his first appearance, namely SHOWCASE #4. As the show continued, comic fans were delighted to discover that there were many, many, MANY more such in-joke references.
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The super-villain who dominated the show's first season was the evil REVERSE FLASH! For most of the season, we didn't know who he was. He kept vibrating to hide his true identity!
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At first, all we knew was that he seemed to be the complete REVERSE of the Flash!
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Then came the big reveal... Harrison Wells is the Reverse Flash!
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Or IS he? The answer is both YES and NO!
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Flash vs. Reverse Flash at the scene of the murder of Barry's mother!
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