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Flashback: When The Flash Was Developed For The WB In 2003

Ten years before The CW, The Flash was developed as a new series on The WB network.

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The Flash series for The CW was not the first TV revival that was planned for the character.

In 2003, more than a decade after John Wesley Shipp wore the red tights, and two years after the premiere of Smallville, it was announced in the trade magazines that The WB had ordered a pilot script for a Flash series with a “healthy penalty” if it did not happen (and of course, it didn’t, and it was dead by January of the next year.)

News of The WB Flash series came out in Daily Variety on September 12, 2003 in an article by Josef Adalian. Todd Komarnicki (Resistance, Elf) was attached to write and executive produce — and just like Smallville’s “no flights, no tights,” there wouldn’t be a costume. This character also had a different background — he’s a young Gothamite who had just graduated from college. “Once our hero gets his calling, he’s given the advice, ‘Live fast so others don’t die young,’ ” Komarnicki said. “This is a story about a guy who’s aimlessly drifting through life and barely moving at the speed of life when he discovers his calling is to move at the speed of light,” he added.

The other zinger, and something present-day CW Barry should always avoid himself, is that The Flash would be a time-travel show, with Barry’s powers allowing him this ability to travel forward and backward in time.

“We’ve been talking internally about doing a Time Tunnel-style show, and this was the perfect way to blend time travel with an established franchise we know is beloved by people who know the comic,” Warner Bros.’ Carolyn Bernstein told Variety. Komarnicki added that “when he’s in the future, he’s missing his present,” and “he’s really giving up his own life to help others.”

Bernstein also revealed that every week would have a mission, a la Mission: Impossible, which makes it sound a bit like modern-day shows like Timeless. “It’s a big, fun, adventure series. There’s also a mentor character who’ll train him, and there’s a legacy of Flashes before him,” she added.

The 2003 pilot script for The Flash has, to our knowledge, never leaked, so we don’t even know if The Flash was Barry Allen, Wally West, or another choice. Still, this is a mostly-forgotten part of TV history that never ended up being casted or filmed. Ultimately, a Flash appeared on Smallville in 2004 in the form of Bart Allen, as played by Kyle Gallner, but beyond the appearances of that character, we’d have to wait another ten years to see Grant Gustin in live action as the Scarlet Speedster. Oh, and interesting trivia: The Flash TV series that never happened was announced on the same day that news came that Christian Bale would be Batman. That story, of course, was a lot more successful.

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Flash Spoilers: Abra Kadabra Returns in “Central City Strong”

Official description with spoilers for the Flash Season 7 episode “Central City Strong”

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The CW has released an official description for the fourth episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “Central City Strong” and it features the return of Abra Kadabra! Here’s the description with some spoilers; hopefully we’ll have some photos soon.

ABRA KADABRA RETURNS – The Flash (Grant Gustin) must deal with Abra Kadabra’s (guest star David Dastmalchian) sudden return to Central City. The villain is back with a vengeance and a score to settle. Meanwhile, Allegra (Kayla Compton) deals with a tricky situation and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) suspects something is off with Frost. Iris (Candice Patton) is forced to look at a dark moment in her past. Jeff Byrd directed the episode with story by Kristen Kim and teleplay by Joshua V. Gilbert & Jeff Hersh (#704). Original airdate 3/23/2021.

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Flash #7.2 Photos: “The Speed of Thought”

Preview images with spoilers for the Flash TV series episode “The Speed of Thought” airing March 9 on The CW

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The CW has released a series of stills from the second episode of The Flash Season 7 which is called “The Speed of Thought” and of course FlashTVNews is bringing them to you at super speed!

The episode airs on Tuesday, March 9 and here is how it is described; the photo gallery follows below.

BARRY GAINS A NEW SKILL — When Barry (Grant Gustin) suddenly gains the power of speed thinking, he attempts to use his new gift to save Iris (Candice Patton). While Barry is thrilled with his new power, Cisco (Carlos Valdes) is hesitant to trust it. Meanwhile, Eva (guest star Efrat Dor) must face a shattering truth. Stefan Pleszczynski directed the episode written by Jonathan Butler & Gabriel Garza (#702). Original airdate 3/9/2021.

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The Flash -- "The Speed of Thought" -- Image Number: FLA702fg_0001r.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon and Grant Gustin as Barry Allen -- Photo: The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

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Flash Season Premiere Clip: Barry & Iris Have A Dinner Date

The CW has released a preview clip from The Flash season premiere “All’s Wells That Ends Wells.”

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In a preview clip for tonight’s Flash season premiere, Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris (Candice Patton) have a dinner date! But wait — wasn’t Iris still in the mirror world? It’s been so long since the last episode, you’re forgiven if you don’t remember.

“All’s Wells That Ends Wells” airs tonight (March 2) on The CW after a long wait, but hey… we now have this preview clip, and official photo stills and a description with spoilers for the season premiere can also be found below. Don’t forget that after The Flash we get a new episode of new Tuesday night companion series Superman & Lois!

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The Flash -- "All's Wells That Ends Wells" -- Image Number: FLA701a_0052r.jpg -- Pictured: Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk -- Photo: Katie Yu/The CW -- © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

SEASON PREMIERE – When an experiment to save Barry’s (Grant Gustin) speed backfires, Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) faces off with Rosa Dillon (guest star Ashley Rickards). Alexandra La Roche directed the episode written by Sam Chalsen & Lauren Certo (#701). Original airdate 3/2/2021.

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