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The Many Faces Of… The Flash

Russ Dimino looks at the many actors who have played The Flash

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Back in the days of KryptonSite, Russ Dimino had a frequent column “The Many Faces Of…” where he’d look back at the different actors to play an iconic DC Comics role. He came out of “retirement” here to explore the different actors who have played The Flash, just in time for tonight’s premiere! This is an update of a column originally published in 2004.

Flash_Jay_Garrick_0006Anyone can tell you that Superman’s real name is Clark Kent, and everyone knows that Bruce Wayne is the man beneath Batman’s cowl. But ask a few comic book fans who the Flash’s secret identity is, and the answer is likely to vary. That’s because there have actually been several different characters to possess super speed, don an orange costume with a lightning bolt logo and take on the name of the Flash.

The original “Golden Age” Flash was named Jay Garrick, and first appeared in Flash Comics #1 in January 1940. His successor, Barry Allen, debuted in Showcase #4 in 1956. Barry’s nephew Wally West first appeared as Kid Flash, Barry’s sidekick, in Flash #110 in December 1959, and then became the full-fledged Flash himself after Barry died saving the world during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” event in 1986. Bart Allen, Barry’s grandson, first appeared in Flash vol. 2 #91 and had a super-speeding career of his own under the name Impulse. Bart went on to become the new Kid Flash and served as a sidekick to Wally before inheriting the role of the Flash himself in 2006. A resurrection and a reboot have led to Barry Allen once again holding the title of the Flash in the comics in DC’s “New 52” era (a company-wide relaunch of all the titles saw much of the previous continuity wiped clean in 2011).

flash_L08The first time the Flash appeared on television it was in cartoon form. The scarlet speedster made several appearances on Filmation’s “The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure” in 1967. Though the series primarily focused on the exploits of the two titular heroes, other heroes rotated in and out of an additional segment on the show. The Flash who appeared here was the Barry Allen version, and his voice was supplied by Cliff Owens. He was often accompanied by Kid Flash, a.k.a. Wally West, who was voiced by Tommy Cook.

02The next time Flash made the airwaves, he was joined by a few friends… Super Friends, that is. Throughout the various incarnations of the show from 1977 – 1986, including “The All New Super Friends Hour,” “The Challenge of the Super Friends,” and “Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show,” Jack Angel lent his voice to the Flash. Angel was also the voices of Hawkman and Samurai, and went on to provide voice work for shows like “Darkwing Duck,” “Tale Spin” and “Peter Pan and the Pirates.” He was also the voice of Teddy in the movie “A.I.”

Flash_Legends_of_the_Super-Heroes_001In 1979, the Flash appeared in a two part live-action TV special called “Legends of the Superheroes,” which featured characters like Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, Captain Marvel, Hawkman, Black Canary, and more. It was done in a campy, tongue-in-cheek style reminiscent of the Adam West “Batman” series of the 1960s, and, in fact, Adam West and Burt Ward reprised their roles as Batman and Robin. In part one, the heroes team up to save the world from a group of villains. In part two, the heroes pay tribute to Batman and Robin in the form of a roast. This movie has pretty much been relegated to the realm of bootleg copies sold at comic book conventions. The Flash was played by Rod Haase.

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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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