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A Tale of two Flashes

November 19, 2015


Warner Brothers has a Flash in Grant Gustin and he's good. He's very good. For anyone that's not seen the CW show, they're missing out. It's impossible to be a comic book fanboy and not enjoy this program.


Greg Berlanti has found a winning formula for putting tights on TV and The Flash is a smash hit because of it. From the relationships between the characters to the constant introductions of DC heroes and villains into the story, it's obvious that the minds behind this show understand the source material.


The minds behind DC's upcoming movie projects? Perhaps not as much.


Ezra Miller has been cast as The Flash for DC's cinematic universe and in any other situation, this would actually be fine. He's young, he's talented and though recent interviews seem to have him all over the place in terms of answering questions, he does appear to be into exploring the role.


But this is not just any situation because DC already has one Scarlet Speedster and he's doing just fine.


The decision to separate the two mediums is mind boggling. CW's show is a hit and its stars are killing it every week. Why take this character, that's already been fully fleshed out on TV and make him take a step back to satisfy the casual moviegoer that may not watch The Flash every Tuesday night?


There seems to be no logical explanation for it and despite what reasoning the minds at Warner Brothers gives, nothing is really making sense. 


Fanboys are notorious for being wholly reverent to the original books and those fanboys have widely accepted The Flash into their weekly TV routine. Any changes made for the purposes of downsizing the grand scale of a comic and fitting it onto the small screen are understandable and it's more than made up for in the superb storytelling.


But to expect the bulk of the moviegoing audience, which happens to be filled with those reverent fanboys, to fully buy in to yet another Flash when the first one is top notch? Don't be surprised if this idea fails when Justice League hits the big screen in 2017.


DC has barely dipped its toe into the expanded universe and already issues like this are being debated on a daily basis. Fans are not unhappy as much as they are confused and that confusion is growing more and more with each day.


Will the new movies make money? Yes. Will the critics love them? Who knows. Will fans love them? That's the question Warner Brothers should be asking and casting The Flash again seems to be a good sign they're not.





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