So while practical effects are normally more exciting than CG special effects, The Flash's action scenes are the exception that happily proves the rule. Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) is a perfect example of this.As Oliver Queen's quirky motormouth love interest, Felicity is supposed to be geek-chic but is actually just annoying.Martin), gets feedback from a trio of nerdy scientists, and saves the day without any bathetic anguish.That may not sound significant, but it's a sign that Berlanti, Kreisberg, and Johns have achieved something that many other creators have tried and failed to do: distinguish their hero from Batman.Barry's fight with Danton "Multiplex" Black in "Fastest Man Alive" is an imaginative highlight of season one for the way that it visualizes a fight between a blur and a roomful of the same guy.And the scene where we finally see a slowed-down flashback version of Barry's climactic first fight with the Reverse-Flash looked terrific in "Tricksters.” These CGI-heavy fights require exact knowledge of who's standing and who's moving where and when, since all of those scenes need to be pre-visualized. Let's face it: Most superhero shows don't do romance very well because they don't do female characters very well.
But eventually, all relatively functional outfits start to look alike, and you just want more brash, cosplay-esque costume designs.The CW's Flash didn't, in that sense, reinvent the superhero genre.Instead, its creators took a lot of established knowledge (including callbacks to the corny but decent 1990 live-action Flash TV show) and, well, ran with it. If nothing else, Berlanti and Kreisberg's work on Arrow helped them realize what a modern-day version of Barry Allen shouldn't be: grim, gritty, edgy, or anything even vaguely associated with Christopher Nolan or Zack Snyder.Arrow doesn't always succeed towards that end, but it does try (Kitana's outfit in last week's episode is terrible, as is Deadshot's 'scope eyepiece).
Thankfully, The Flash is good enough that it can make even this look like this.
That may not sound like an issue, but it's one that many talented creators struggle with.