The CW Television Network recently launched “The Flash,” a series based on the DC comic book series. The network’s step into the DC Comics universe— though not the first, with its already popular series “Arrow” entering its third season this fall — represents a possible attempt to widen its audience to more male viewers. While the CW has mostly drawn the interest of a teenage women’s audience in the past (with shows like “Gilmore Girls,” “Gossip Girl,” and “The Vampire Diaries”), “The Flash” moves closer toward CW president Mark Pedowitz’s description of the network as “an adult 18-34 network.”

Grant Gustin as “The Flash” on the new CW Network series (

Grant Gustin plays Barry Allen — alternatively known as the Flash (also “The Streak” within the show) — with an endearing, geeky charm. His unrealized attraction for his childhood friend, Iris West, reveals his lack of confidence, which breaks the male superhero archetype. So far in the season, his timid nature has sparked moments of quirky humor with lines like “lightning gave me abs?” However, the series seems to rely a bit too much on the Gustin’s quirkiness in dialogue; a lot of the dialogue comes across as contrived, or at least melodramatic. But perhaps as production continues and develops, character depth and interaction will prove to become more engaging.


All issues aside, “The Flash” is definitely worth checking out if you want a light but entertaining superhero series fix.  The show airs at 8PM EST on Tuesdays.


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