The Flash TV Series Trailer: 32 Flash Facts and DC Comics Easter Eggs

News Mike Cecchini 5/15/2014 at 5:06PM

The 5-minute trailer for The Flash TV series is so loaded with nods to the DC Universe that it will make your head spin.

This article contains potential spoilers for The Flash TV series.

The Flash TV series is coming to the CW this Fall. Tuesday nights at 8, to be specific. The Arrow spinoff released a five minute long trailer showcasing plenty of footage from the pilot episode. But more importantly, it's loaded with quite faithful representations of the best known elements of Flash's story...and hints about some potentially obscure ones that should make fans very happy. Here's what we've found...

Meet Nora Allen (Michelle Harrison), Barry's ill-fated mother, and all-around inspiration to the boy who will one day become the Flash.

Speaking of "ill-fated," the gentleman being led away in handcuffs here is Dr. Henry Allen, Nora's husband, Barry's dad...wrongfully accused of Nora Allen's murder.

See this strange effect with the water? You're going to see it again...and it's quite significant.

Ladies and gentlemen, presenting your first genuine on-screen representation of the Reverse-Flash (or Zoom...or whatever they're going to call him). This is the blur that Barry witnesses attacking his mother, which the elder Mr. Allen then gets the blame for.

That shower of sparks in the background is a speedster (probably the Reverse-Flash) vanishing into the speed force, the time stream, or through a dimensional barrier. Why did he deposit Barry so far from the crime scene? We have our suspicions...

That's Law & Order's Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West. Leaked character descriptions call him "an honest, blue-collar cop who is a surrogate father to Barry. A soulful, funny and caring father to Iris -- Barry's potential love interest -- West came up through the foster care system and took Barry in after his mother's slaying and father's imprisonment. He believes in Barry and supports his efforts to prove his father's innocence."

Barry Allen doing his CSI thing. On the left is Detective West, on the right is Patrick Sabongui as Captain David Singh. That's Al Sapienza as Detective Fred Chyre in the middle. No shortage of Flash supporting characters from the comics on this show, that's for sure!

That's Candice Patton as Iris West, the love of Barry's life...telling him to get a girlfriend. Ouch.

Here's a better look at Barry's board detailing his quest for his mother's murderer. We caught a glimpse of this in the Arrow episodes that Barry guest-starred on.

There's that strange effect with the liquid again. It seems to indicate the presence of something...the speed force? Another speedster?

There's that STAR Labs particle accelerator blowing itself to bits. Note the shockwave spreading outwards. Surely, there will be consequences...

Oh, there are consequences alright. Presenting one of the most iconic origins in the history of comics! You have to admit, this looks great.

In addition to the shock of the lightning and the chemicals, what is this red blur that seems to pass right through Barry? I have my suspicions, and it's more than just another fun special effect. Serious students of Flash history may have an idea of what I'm getting at. If it's anything even remotely close to that, then this show is definitely taking its devotion to the character to another level.

Meet Cisco Ramon and Caitlin Snow (Carlos Valdes and Danielle Panabaker). Alright, Arrow viewers already met them. But these two STAR Labs employees will aid Barry in his early, awkward crime-fighting stages. And if you're a fan of DC Comics, you may know that these two have an interesting (and potentially costumed) future ahead of them.

This is Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, "a rock star in the world of physics and the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator. He becomes a pariah after the lab’s explosion, but he charts his path to redemption when he discovers that his failed experiment had the unintended consequence of creating the world’s fastest man." It seems that he may have been the guy who designed that particle accelerator, so in an indirect way, he could be responsible for having granted Barry is powers.

This is a fun nod to Barry's first appearance in Showcase #4 in 1956. Barry first realized his perceptions were altered while sitting in a diner and watching a waitress drop a tray in seeming slow-motion. This is a nice callback to that moment.

Blink and you'll miss this big honkin' Green Lantern easter egg! Yes, Barry tests his speed at an old Ferris Air runway. Please let this mean something down the road...

Even better, there's a STAR Labs van parked on a Ferris Air runway. Take that, Marvel!

Man, they've really updated The Flash's suit for this show, haven't they?

Meet Clyde Mardon, who is, for all intents and purposes, the Weather Wizard. His powers aren't technology based anymore, and he likely gained his powers as a result of the same particle accelerator explosion that gives us the Flash. It seems an easy way to introduce all of Flash's rogues.

This is a huge potential spoiler. During Harrison Wells' narration about how during the explosion "a dimensional barrier ruptured" we see these two objects...which are quite clearly the wings from the original Flash's helmet. Between this and John Wesley Shipp's mysterious role, well, this show might be infinitely cooler than we initially thought.

It would appear that Harrison Wells is hiding some secrets. We have our suspicions of what they might be, but this could be too spoiler-y, even for this article!

These are almost certainly Barry's cold case files. If not, they're evidence files from his mother's murder. Or maybe they're just going after the Weather Wizard. Regardless, we should see about as much police work as superhero work on this show!

Keystone City! Home of various other Flashes, and certainly a site of future adventures on this show, as well. Keystone and Central are like the twin cities of the DC Comics universe, and it's likely they're quite close together. And Starling can't be far off, either...

The magazine Barry is holding is a copy of Science Showcase, another fun reference to the DC Comics title that Barry Allen first appeared in.

Barry Allen seems like such an earnest dork on this show (we mean that as a compliment) that it would be a shock if the superhero logo on this thing wasn't all his idea.

Included solely because it's the best shot we can get of the Flash in motion with all the speed force effects. It looks pretty cool...

Well, we know who will be a guest star in that first episode. The Flash series is clearly going to have a very different worldview than Arrow, but it's still nice to see them handing off the baton, here.  Oliver says some pretty revealing things here, notably his line about how the lightning bolt "chose" Barry. Could this have something to do with that strange red presence? 

This could be the bridge that links Central City and Keystone City. It's a sad day when I get this excited about fictional city landmarks.

One other notable difference between this show and Arrow. The Flash clearly isn't afraid to operate in daylight! When was the last time we saw Oliver Queen in costume while the sun was still up?

In Flash comic book lore, every now and then, the guy just has to unwind a tornado by running the opposite way against it. It's an iconic use of his powers, and another fine way to show comic fans that this show means business.

This appears to be Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne. Remember that last name, folks. This guy is going to play a major role in the future.

Is that everything? What did we miss? Let's talk some Flash Facts in the comments!

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I think the wings might actually be more the wings of a plane or something, burning up due to the blast.

Then again, maybe alt-Barry's Dad is in fact Jay Garrick. Would explain some of those rumours about the role Shipp has...

"...which are quite clearly the wings from the original Flash's helmet." Cool, wishful thinking, but the perspective isn't really conducive for that assumption. More likely a plane or something else.

I love how you told everyone to remember the name Eddie Thawne, and not give them a reason. Like anyone who reads this is going to to: "Well, okay!" and not google the name. :P

Those look like helmet wings to me. I can only hope.

I appreciate you folks trying to keep my feet on the ground here, but look at that full screen in the highest resolution possible (not necessarily our tiny screenshot), and tell me those aren't the wings from Jay Garrick's helmet! I'm tellin' ya!

I hope I'm right. If not, you may all laugh at me in October...

Thanks cuz, I didn't know any of that.


Thawne IS Reverse Flash; Professor Zoom

And that whole Jay Garrick with the wings and the red blurr behind the chemicals would be pretty cool but i don't think it'll be John Wesley Shipp will play Garrick. I think John Wesley Shipp is Barry's wrongly jailed father, i mean freeing his dad is his ultimate goal and i bet Barry goes and visits his dad who he believes is innocent, right? And if you pause the 5 min trailer when Zoom is attacking his mom, i think i see John's face holding young Barry back from the speed force storm Zoom created around his mom

i just full screened it and they look pretty Jay Garrick's helmet wings like but i really dont think its going to be JWS go and look at the father holding Barry back from Zoom it looks like JWS

You might be right about John Wesley Shipp playing Barry's Dad, now that I look at it. The family photo looks a little bit like Shipp, and that could be him holding on to Barry.

But if it's such a simple answer...why all the secrecy about what role he is playing?

my guess is that they want a little shock factor when Barry goes and visits his dad in jail for the first time and wait for it....... AND its John Wesley Shipp. And then I really don't think the show is going to try and tackle time travel and universe jumping all in season one.(So with that in mind JWS signed for a season two role?) I think the Garrick easter egg was for true fans and something they have hopes for later in the future of the show and if they decide not to go the way of Garrick some how choosing Barry to get hit by the bolt of lighting no one is upset. Also i do think there is something to the chemicals in Barry's lab starting to float and the fish tank floating the night Barry's mom was killed, i believe a speedster was present both nights. But also maybe JWS is Garrick and he will show up in season one finale for a HUGE shock to shed some light on Barry's situation and tells him about his ability of time travel. I think it'd be cool if Barry went back to the night he was struck in the season one finale and sees the mystery speedster that was the cause of Barry's gift.

This is going to be amazing. If only they would connect this and Arrow with BVS

I can buy that!

The only thing I know for sure is that Shipp's role is a "recurring" one. I suppose that could involve visits in prison and flashbacks.

One way or the other, though, JWS or not...Jay Garrick is showing up as part of this show. Of this I am certain. It might take all season, but we'll see him!

AGREED!!! and we can agree it won't be here fast enough

That's the dream, i would hate to fall in love with Tv Barry and they recast for a movie. I guess they could just do wally west for BvS if they don't connect the shows and movies, but i think most new fans would be confused by that though

In the original comics he was the one who broke the barrier and actually created the lightning bolt that created him

Excited to hear JWS is his dad its perfect, but wouldn't be cool if Jay Garrick was from a different universe and came over during the particle accelerator explosion chose Barry to be this universes flash and in the other universe Barry's dad is Jay Garrick but in Barry's universe he is just his dad