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WB Reveals Costume for its Flash Show

Well, from the neck up, anyway. The WB has revealed this look at Grant Gustin in costume (designed by Colleen Atwood) as Barry Allen from the CW’s The Flash. (Click to embiggen.) Though in low lighting, the costume appears to skew darker than the fire engine red that the Flash is usually depicted in, but its chinstrap and seams are straight out of the New 52. What do you guys think?

(via Comic Book Resources.)

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  • Gerald Kirby

    Not a fan of the New 52 costumes redesigns, Flash included.

  • Anonymous

    I like it. I doubt fire engine red would work on TV.

  • Captain ZADL

    I wonder how hard it was for a forensic scientist to make a form fitting leather hood.

  • Mike Chen

    If you want a test case on that, just refer back to the 1990s CBS Flash show. (Which I loved as a kid but that muscle suit was fairly ridiculous.)

  • JustPlainSomething

    Scientists cosplay, too. :)

  • JustPlainSomething

    I still want to see it in the light and you know, actually moving and also the whole costume, but so far I like it a lot. But yeah, it’s looks pretty damn good so far. Here’s hoping the script is good, too.

  • Anonymous

    Are you implying that a sensible one with access to cadavers would probably not need to have any seams?

  • Anonymous

    I have to confess, it emphasizes the cute little nose upturn in a manner that made me giggle.

  • Josh Harrison

    without the side bits it could be a dead ringer for ultimate giant man

  • Captain ZADL

    …. yesssss…..?

  • TheChief

    That leathery look made me think steampunk for some reason, lol. Give the man some goggles.

    But seriously, I do like the look so far but I would like to see it in better lighting,

  • Dillik

    But who is this strange masked man??

  • Anonymous

    I’m simultaneously horrified and …nope, that’s just more horrified. I’m horrified^2. OTOH, suddenly Flash is darker than Batman. I would see that movie.

    He’d still need a zipper. Or maybe the neckstrap is explained…

  • locuas

    I like it. I do like the idea of a darker red, because i am not sure if a brighter red would in this series. i think the old costume from the old tv series was fine, but if this world is a more gritty one, then they need a more darker costume. it’s like “The Amzing spider-man”, i think that costume works very well in the movie, a lot better than the other costume could have worked in there, yet i really like the original trilogy’s costume.

    Also, they have Flash smiling, so i guess even if the costume is darker, FLash may still be a happy go guy. I approve.

  • Anonymous

    I have an intense hatred for the New 52 but I think I’m fine with the chin strap. I thought the one Cap suit without a chin strap (the Avengers one) looked the worst so for some reason the chin coverings help pull the masks together for me.

  • Jason Atkins

    I am pleasantly surprised by this.

    Honestly, I was expecting them to go with a design that looked like it was made in a wind tunnel – something like what a speed skater would wear, or the New 52 redesign of Earth-2 Flash. At the very least I was expecting lenses over the eyes or something… but it actually looks like the Flash.

    The pointy ear bits (what do you even call those?) look a little bit more practical, and that chin strap is probably more about comfort for the actor than anything else (so you don’t have leather digging into your neck when you talk). I kinda like the darker / browner leather too… and it seems less “unusual”, easier to get hold of, easier to conceal when you’re not wearing it, etc?

    I wonder if this is made of the same stuff that Barry made that mask for Oliver out of?

  • Laura Truxillo

    Meh. Not very dynamic. Maybe that’s good, maybe it’ll look less silly (can’t look much sillier than the old one) but…meh?

    But then, I don’t expect bright colors from DC these days.

  • Laura Truxillo

    It wasn’t so much the color that was the problem, it was how chunky and stunted it made him look.

  • Gordon Borland

    Needs more colour, I like the mask but I’m reserving judgement till I see the whole thing.

  • TheChief

    If I recall correctly, Barry did make the new mask that Oliver now wears, right? It would not be the first time at making form fitting headwear.

  • Anonymous

    My only complaint so far it that it’s not a metallic or even glossy red. If the Flash isn’t shiny he’d just be the Blur.

  • Cad Wallader

    Agreed. It looks like he can’t turn his head (the issue Batman had in his movies until recently) but I’m reserving judgement til I see it moving.

  • Jason Atkins

    It’s probably a matter of practicality, too. If the mask stopped further, it might dig into the actor’s neck/jaw as he talked / moved his head / etc. The chin strap means that entire section will move as his jaw does, which is probably way more comfortable.

  • Jason Atkins

    Something worth noting, actually: the mask obscures his chin, cheek bones, ears, hairline, and the bridge of his nose: those are some of the criteria that gets used in facial recognition, and also that the human brain uses to identify faces.

    More than that, it goes out of it’s way to distort the cheekbones, and throws up different shapes around the eye sockets and the jawline. Changing the shape of something is one of the key principles of camouflage.

    If the Barry Allen we met in Arrow were to design some sort of form fitting leather hood… this actually makes enough scientific sense to be plausible.

  • Jesse Cox

    So far so good. But won’t really know how I feel about the costume until I see it in action on the screen.

  • J Ritchey

    It’s an interesting compromise on the ear piece. I’m having trouble deciding if it’s more or less silly to replace the wings with a logo, though.
    I think I like the general shape, and I definitely like that they kept his eyes open and didn’t make him grease paint under the mask.
    What we see of the collar is a bit concerning, because it looks like we may be seeing another set of modified motorcycle leathers. It works for Ollie, but I don’t know if it’s as appropriate for Barry. General-theme suit-not-costumes didn’t exactly work on Smallville, even if the outfits in Arrow haven’t been remotely as silly as those were.

  • James Fletcher

    Is that a hint of a smile that I see? I didn’t think DC superheroes were allowed to smile anymore.

  • Jordan Ruttle

    My only concern is that you loose a lot of facial expression with a mask like that, and the Flash has always been pretty expressive. Easy to get away with in animation or comics, requires a very strong performance in live action.

  • Mark Brown

    The smile is the best part.

    Barry’s going to ~enjoy~ being a superhero.

  • Mark Brown

    Great, now I want to see Felicity come up with a costume.

  • Travis

    Digging the chin strap. Gives him a kind of “little league super hero” look.

  • James Fletcher

    It would be nice to have a superhero who actually enjoys their powers.