The Costume Of The CW’s New ‘Flash’ Is Revealed, And It’s ‘Meh.’

image courtesy of the New York Daily News
image courtesy of the New York Daily News

Do you ever get the feeling that someone is trying to pull the wool over your eyes?  I ask because many outlets, including the New York Daily News and Superherohype, have posted a picture of costume that would be worn by Grant Gustin in the CW Network action series “The Flash.”  My problem is that,  despite showing the entire costume, the picture seems deliberately taken in a way that doesn’t show you what it looks like if the actor were just standing around wearing it.

And let’s be honest, that’s the pose that the character is most likely to be found in.

That being said, despite the unusual position, the costume is OK, though I am getting the feeling that I am understanding why the other CW series, “Arrow,” avoided them.

I also think that it makes quite a bit of sense that the character is relatively thin. This is because, when you think about it, very fast animals don’t tend to be large and massive. For instance, a cheetah, one of the fastest land animals, is actually a relatively thin animal, as opposed to a lion, which is significantly larger, but also not as fast.

This is quite a contrast with an earlier version of the character played by John Wesley Shipp.

John Wesley ShippShipp’s version was more massive, with the costume emphasizing the muscularity and strength of the character.  His costume was also more form-fitting, exaggerating the musculature of the character, in comparison to the relatively thinness of the new version.

I think that they musculature of this version had more to do with the origin of the character being from a comic book, where exaggerated musculature is the norm, more than anything else.


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