Oliver Queen has John Diggle and Felicity Smoak, not to mention an ever growing extended family to help him in his battle against crime. Well, fledgling hero Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash, is certainly going to need his backup as well.
Tom Cavanagh, who plays Dr. Harrison Wells on the upcoming CW spin-off series ‘The Flash,’ narrates a brief clip featuring lots of never-before-seen footage from the pilot episode and introduces the characters that will be assisting Barry in his battle against evil.
Dr. Wells himself is the head of the frequently mentioned S.T.A.R. Labs, an experimental research facility which is set to play a large role as Barry explores his new super speed powers which were the result of one of their experiments gone wrong.
Danielle Panabaker plays Dr. Caitlin Snow, a no-nonsense, direct-to-the-point type scientist, while Carlos Valdes plays the more carefree, laid back Cisco Ramon. It sounds like it will take all of these disparate personalities to balance one another out in order to make things work effectively.
Check out the video segment yourself below:
In addition, The CW has released the official plot synopsis of the pilot episode:
Barry Allen was just 11 years old when his mother was killed in a bizarre and terrifying incident and his father was falsely convicted of the murder. With his life changed forever by the tragedy, Barry was taken in and raised by Detective Joe West, the father of Barry’s best friend, Iris.
Now, Barry has become a brilliant, driven and endearingly geeky CSI investigator, whose determination to uncover the truth about his mother’s strange death leads him to follow up on every unexplained urban legend and scientific advancement that comes along. Barry’s latest obsession is a cutting edge particle accelerator, created by visionary physicist Harrison Wells and his S.T.A.R. Labs team, who claim that this invention will bring about unimaginable advancements in power and medicine. However, something goes horribly wrong during the public unveiling, and when the devastating explosion causes a freak storm, many lives are lost and Barry is struck by lightning.
After nine months in a coma, Barry awakens to find his life has changed once again – the accident has given him the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion – and not everyone is using their new powers for good. In the months since the accident, the city has seen a sharp increase in missing people, unexplained deaths and other strange phenomena. Barry now has a renewed purpose – using his gift of speed to protect the innocent, while never giving up on his quest to solve his mother’s murder and clear his father’s name. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become…The Flash.
‘The Flash’ is the first step toward introducing super powers into the previously power-free world of ‘Arrow’. This spin-off changes the game, allowing the producers to pull from a vaster segment of the DC Universe. In fact, both Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon have super powered aliases in the comics, as Killer Frost and Vibe, respectively. Will they assume those identities on the show at some point?
Unfortunately, we have a while more to wait as the show doesn’t debut until an unspecified date in the fall. Can you stand the wait? Are you looking forward to ‘The Flash’?