Next week (on Tuesday as a matter of fact) the CW launches its new series The Flash in the same time slot as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I intend to watch both, but I will watch The Flash first and then go to my DVR for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. That's 'cause, well, The Flash is cooler than Agent Coulson and gang. Some days the truth just hurts.
There have been many iterations of the Flash over the years. Barry Allen is the Flash that I most closely associate with. Barry died in Crisis on the infinite Earths and is the second incarnation of the Flash. Wally West is the third Flash. And we can't forget Bart Allen (who appeared in several Smallville episodes). Bart goes by Impulse and draws his powers from the Speed Force, just like Barry did before him.
As far as the CW is concerned, they're going with Barry, and he's being played by super handsome (and incredibly adorable) actor Grant Gustin (yes, this is perfect casting). In the Silver Age comic books, Barry was a police scientist who gained super-speed when bathed by chemicals after a shelf of them was struck by lightning. The CW is going with this version of the Flash's creation fairly close to the source material, changing only that Barry isn't a police scientist but instead, a C.S.I.
Every Flash draws their power from the Speed Force, which allows them to move, think, and react at lightning speed. It bestows superhuman endurance, they can vibrate so fast that they can pass through walls (quantum tunneling), travel through time, and manipulate kinetic energy in themselves and other beings. They have an invisible aura around their bodies that prevents themselves and their clothes from being affected by air friction. Flash is totally faster than Superman and can absorb information really fast (though the effect is usually temporary), and can punch someone with so much force it's called the infinite mass punch (IMP for short).
I think the CW's Flash is the most exciting series to premiere this fall, and I seriously can't wait. I'm actually more excited for it than the return of The Walking Dead.
So what say you? Are you excited?