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Stop what you're doing! The CW and Warner Bros have released the very first image from The Flash, their in-the-works spin-off pilot of The CW's popular series Arrow, and it's a portrait of the title character's new costume!

Here, have a peek at how that gent in the photo above looks as a dude with superspeed, and then let's talk details: 


As Arrow fans already know, the potential Flash-centric series stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, an assistant from the Central City Police Department's Criminal and Forensic Science Division who ends up with superspeed after a freak accident at S.T.A.R. Labs. Gustin has appeared as Allen in two episodes of Arrow this season, the latter of which served as The Flash's origin story and gave Allen his powers. 

Credit (or criticism) for The Flash's new costume goes to Colleen Atwood, an Oscar-winning designer who also created Oliver's costume on Arrow. Now, given that Ollie's "mask" was just a really sloppy makeup job for a year and a half before Allen arrived in Starling City and created a form-fitting version, I was a little worried about what we'd get for the Flash. But there's no makeup in sight here, and considering that his headwear could have looked like this guy's, I think Atwood did a pretty awesome job. 


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AIRED ON 5/24/2017

Season 5 : Episode 23

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There is an intro to the series where you can see the entire costume as well
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I don't think you know what a portrait is
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I dont like him as the flash! He looks like a little kid that got lost from home, maybe its not him but the personality they gave him.. I dont know..
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I recently saw the movie Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox and this movie is so great. I love it. Seeing a dark Justice League was so amazing and all the twist and turns and the Reverse Flash and Flash OMG so awesome. This movie made me more excited for this series. I hope that with the introduction of the Reverse Flash they introduce: alternative worlds, parallel words, alternative timelines, etc. In the movie this was so well written, but The Flash series need to do it right. I have hopes that they can introduce all this elements and make the series great and good at the same time. For now, very excited about this series.
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Or pilot. LOL
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I am not sure if it is red. it seems brownish/burgundy. The chin strap is not going to stay put at high speeds, I think that's why the flash of the comics does not have it. Like Nishant mentioned, it does look like dare devil, which shouldn't be. Despite all that, I do like it, provided it is red, that is
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Well, now that I had an opportunity to look at the full suit, I believe there should be some changes. It is not skin tight, which would be ok, except that the neck part of the mask (or suit) seems to be made of either thick leather or plastic, and it not only looks uncomfortable, but too big on Barry, to the point that it looks like two necks could fit there. Could they not use neoprene?
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Could do without the chin holster!
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It gives me Robocop vibes. :P
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Daredevil meets The Flash!
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I don't really have an opinion on his costume, the picture is a bit dark and we don't see a lot. I reserve that for later. But It's seems better that the one in the last show "Flash"
However I don't understand why we call "The Flash" a spin off of "Arrow", OK the show and the main character was introduced in "Arrow" and it's produced by the same network but the show "Flash" existed long before "Arrow" ( this Arrow anyway, maybe there was another show before this one with Amell. But we already have an archer and even Flash in Smallville).
For me a spin off it's about an original show made after the success of his "big borther/sister" like NCIS is a spin off of J.A.G, or Angel is a spin of of Buffy , Tribes (arghhhh) will be a spin off of Supernatural.
For me The Flash is more a reboot or a reuse of DC comics collection.
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Its a spinoff because the Flash show was conceived after the popularity of the Barry Allen character in the two Arrow episodes. if the character had failed in Arrow we wont be having this show. Hence its a spinoff. It does not have anything to do with the character in the DC universe where Flash is much bigger than Green Arrow...
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I like it. Dark. Classic. I can only imagine how the rest of his suit will look. Its going to be awesome.
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oh, the ears. thanks god they are not like the 90s flash...
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So long as Felicity makes an appearance every now and then I'm happy. The Flash could be wearing a toga and wellington boots for all I care.
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I'm optimistically hoping that flash will be better than arrow.
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its nice but I am reserving judgement until I can see an entire suit.
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Oh my goodness. I LOVE IT ! Grant Gustin is going to do an A-M-A-Z-I-N-G job as The Flash.
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Love it
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Copied it straight from DC Universe Online version of Flash. Greg Berlanti and his Tools have never done anything original, i guess we can't really expect him to start now. DC Universe Online Trailer

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What originality do you expect from a series based on a comic book character?
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I play DCUO (great game btw), and this pic is from the future scene at the opening credits. It is future flash and it does not resemble this costume at all. In Atwood's design the ear covers are much smaller and more distinctively lightning bolts, as is the case in a majority of Flash designs throughout the canon. The ones on Future Flash of DCUO are more like the wings of Hermes than lightning bolts, which in itself is also pretty cool. Anxious to see the entire costume, but I think they did a great job with the mask.
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The fact that he even has a mask is a great start in the right direction. We don't have to go back to 1966 but I'm ready for some hero's and villains in costumes. I think the Avengers have given the green light that it's okay to have a costume or a uniform as they like to call them now.
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I wish Flash had his own series/movie not connected in any way to Arrow. Barry Allen is awesome and a top tier hero, who deserves much more than a spin-off from a terrible green arrow show.
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I agree with you mostly, except that I like Arrow as a show and I think it keeps getting better. But yes, Flash is a more significant hero than Green Lantern, which in the comics is a more "merry" version of Batman.
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AMEN!
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I think it looks awesome. Some sort of molded composite material with no doubt cool qualities, and the darker colour (as far as I can see) matches the darker, grittier feel of Arrow vs. most other superhero series - which is good!
That's what makes Amell's Arrow so good - it's not about primary coloured spandex, it's about the man behind the mask.

And I'm not sure there are a lot of BETTER mask/cowl/hood/helmets out there.
I mean, I think this at LEAST competes with this:
Captain America
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Looks a little bit of a shade of rust, if not brownish, but the 21st century design is nice. Hopefully, a view of the full costume will have it as the brighter shade of red it should be. And maybe this will have the boots colored yellow like in the comics. Might not translate well on the big screen, but hey it could possibly work here.
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Looks good so far but I really hope we see a full costume soon so we can judge. The color does look a little dark for my taste but it could just be the lighting in the picture.

I do wonder if the they are going to go with the compressing fabric and ring like in the comics or if they will go more real world and have Barry wear the suit under his clothes.
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Too generic/retro, and "clothey"...looks too much like daredevil, I guess I was hoping for more of a movie style outfit with more detail but you cant expect a movie budget for tv shows :/
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Personally, one of the things I like about GOOD TV is and always has been the limited budget when compared to movies. This might sound stupid at first glance but it does at least two things: It prevents the show from relying too heavily on effects - see the earlier Hulk movies, I mean, WTF are those supposed to be? One big ball of wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey... stuff. You know what I mean.
The result is that GOOD TV has way better stories and character emphasis than most movies. Because they have to rely on that and can't try to blow the viewer away with costly effects (also covering hundreds of hours for a typical TV series is hard to do when all you do is blow stuff up for no reasons ;-)
The other thing is that huge budget also causes people to overdo sets and costume stuff. Example: Spiderman. Sure the suit looks great but it's waaaay outside of what Peter Parker could have done secretly by himself. (which is why I loved that initial costum he used for the wrestling match in the first of the Sam Raimi movies, quick and dirty and totally believable that he did that himself, they should have had Peter improve of that instead of dumping him in a high-tech-suite worth thousands of dollars that he could never afford or hope of making himself.
So if they had a movie style budget for the Flash the costume would likely look like something Barry Allen would have NEVER been able to get a hold of or produce himself. It's different for extremely rich guys like Oliver Queen or Bruce Wayne or extraterrestrials using a "uniform" from their planet like The Man of Steel. But a too fancy costume would be very unbelievable for the guy The Flash is here ;-)
So if that really is some sort of a leather outfit that anyone adept at sewing could make with some effort of his own than I say bravo: This costume is beliavable. But let's see the rest of it first before we pass a final judgement ;-)

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Too early to tell but I sure like the 1990 look
with John Wesley which I understan was cast for this series
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As a long time fan of the Flash comics,this looks good to me.Can't wait to see how the rest looks.
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I like it. Don't know why so many people hate the chin guard, I think it looks cool. And, I'm REALLY glad they didn't make the lightning bolts like big old ears sticking out.

Leather does seem an odd choice, but maybe it's a high-tech synthetic that looks like leather but has protective qualities along with stretchability.

And if you really think about it, moving at lightning fast speeds would require a special material. Just the rubbing and flexing alone would ruin any leather or spandex in a flash! (see what I did there!) :)
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Anything sticking out would break off instantly, or bounce around like crazy,
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Pretty funny you'd be worried about makeup since it was Allen who told Oliver how silly it was to use makeup as a mask. It would be pretty stupid, then, for Allen to use it, right?
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I am more of a Marvel Universe person. I can probably name the top ten Heroes/Super Heroes in the DC Universe. I do like Arrow. The Flash I know well enough so far and it's looking good to me!
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Also Grant Gustin has the phenotype that allows you to believe he would be fast if super powered.
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I'll have to see it in action before I form a full opinion, but so far so good!
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Kaitlin-I was busy looking at Arrow gifs on tumblr! Call me when I can see the whole costume.
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Okay I'm loving this! No more 1990-91' Flash but actual modern interpretation. With the New 52 suit being absolutely gorgeous, I am hoping the rest of the suit lives up to the expectations. I see why they took the leather approach, Gustin needs all the help he can get to look badass! For a speedster it makes sense for his suit to be a little bit thick, can't imagine how it must hurt running into a wall or something (not that it'll help to much)!
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Looks good!!!!!!! Can't wait to see the whole thing!!!
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well done outfit
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Kind of "meh" but I do want to see the rest of it and it could have been worse :P
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I like the chin guard. Very important. Safety first, even when you're a superhero.

I wonder how much time Felicity will spend on this show?
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ehhhh, could be better
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I'm going to wait until I see everything to fully form an opinion but after mulling, and an initially squishy-postive reaction given the universe the show will be operating in, I've decided my response to this is "How did he steal Daredevil's cowl/hood/mask?"
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Easy. Flash is super fast and Daredevil is blind! :)
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It does not look anything like the daredevil hood/mask, only similarity is the color red, and even there the hue is different.
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looks cool. i m excited to see the rest and the pilot when it comes
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I like this new costume. Here's to hoping the rest of it looks as good as the head.
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They probably wanted to stay true to the comics but a more radical approach would have been nice and leather, really?
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Looks great! Cant wait to see the full custome.
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First glance: DC took Captain America's helmet and turned it into The Flash.
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more like Daredevil's, but with eye holes.
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It look exactly like Chris Evan's Cap mask from The Avengers (with the obvious adjustments for The Flash)
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actually it is Flash's mask. This have to much leather for me, but pretty close to comic's mask. Comics mask has those flash symbols pined to mask, not on it, but I guess on TV it would look a bit funny.

http://www.comicvine.com/images/1300-2702407

Caps mask is more like a helmet, this is not.
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i am not saying they are the exact same thing, I said they look the same!
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I am going to wait to see it in unshadowedlight. Butit's in character since it was Barry's idea for Oliver's mask. I would expect him to have a detailed costume.
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I think there's a lot of room between a cheap polyester Halloween costume and this new mess. I know we can't have the early '90s costume back, what with its Tim Burton-esque musculature built in (the argument was that the suit enhanced Barry's own physique, so at least they tried to own it), but the mask and color at least understood the character: http://img97.imageshack.us/img97/204/flash02620747.jpg
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Sorry, but the outfit that you linked to looks awful IMO. Flash should not have all that fake musculature. It looks crappy. He's known for his speed, not for any sort of super strength.
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Yeah, focus on the body when my point was the mask, super good.
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Well I was saying I didn't like the outfit as a whole, but the body is the most obvious part of it. I think the CW's Flash mask looks better also.
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You're really just a troll now.
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Yeah, Kaitlin's example is soooooo much more likely, right? The Rubies Wally West The Flash costume done in the cheapest manner possible. Hell, even the kids' version of their costume is better: http://www.buycostumes.com/p/21075/dc-comics-the-flash-muscle-chest-deluxe-toddler-child-costume

And to haunt your nightmares:
http://www.buycostumes.com/p/803312/dc-comics-2nd-skin-flash-adult-costume

But no, let's stay with the nonsense leather super dark giant chinstrap one with the belt buckle as an ear, yeah, that makes perfect sense. Welcome to being a chump, courtesy of The CW. This show's costume image looks worse than the New 52 version.
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Better belt buckles as ears rather than those lightning bolt things sticking out.
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Yeah, why have The Flash look like The Flash?
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Yeah, they're combining the New 52's look (the little chin bit) with the dark leatheriness of Arrow. As I half-joked to Andy on Twitter, their Trickster outfit may be super drab.
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The Trickster will just be a guy in a gray and black soccer jersey. At least we got Mark Hamill's Trickster on TV.

I really hate that chin protector in this costume, it's way more offensive somehow than the New 52 version (probably because that doesn't need to make any physical sense so it's very thin, whereas this has depth to it which makes it stand out more).
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WHY DOESN'T THAT SECOND COSTUME HAVE EYES?!
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Theory: it's not a costume, it's a disturbing S&M outfit meant to take on the identity of a 2-dimensional comic book character.
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Wow, my first reaction was AWFUL. The leather makes no sense, doesn't move the way The Flash would need it to. The red is too dark, sick of this "everything has to be Batman movies" dark colors. The lighting bold doesn't really translate as well as I'd like, but whatever. The chin is just so wrong. And why is there a thick collar? Oh boy, not taking this well.
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"lightning bolt" I meant, oh well.
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