9:15am PT by Philiana Ng
'Flash': Grant Gustin Takes Off in First Image of Full Suit (Photo)
The first full image of The CW's The Flash's suit has arrived.
In the photo below, Grant Gustin is seen donning his wine-colored suit, as he readies to take off with bolts of lightning in the background. While the first image released at the end of February focused solely on the mask with a smiling Barry Allen, the newly unveiled image shows the superhero with a more serious demeanor.
The Flash costume was designed by Oscar-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, who also helped create the look of Arrow. Production on the pilot is already under way.
"I hope the fans who treasure the character are as excited as we are by what costume designer Colleen Atwood has achieved with this latest version of The Flash's iconic suit," said pilot director/executive producer David Nutter.
The CW and WBTV made a similar move last March by debuting first looks for high-profile drama pilots based on properties with built-in audiences: Arrow and Sex and the City prequel The Carrie Diaries. While both shows have surpassed the two-season mark (with Arrow already renewed for a third), the strategy of keeping public interest levels high doesn't always pay off. Case in point: NBC's 2011 reinterpretation of Wonder Woman, which drew criticism.
Flash serves as an origin story similar in vein to Arrow. Barry (Gustin) -- introduced in Arrow's two-part winter finale in December -- is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who visits Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. Through a freak accident, he is given the power of super speed that transforms him into the fastest man alive.
Joining Gustin in the main cast are John Wesley Shipp (aka the original Barry Allen from the '90s series); Tom Cavanagh as physics "rock star" Harrison Wells; Jesse L. Martin as Detective West; Candice Patton as West's daughter and Barry's love interest Iris; Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert; Carlos Valdes as mechanical engineering expert Cisco Ramon; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne.
Arrow's Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and director Nutter are executive producers on the eyed spinoff. Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns wrote the pilot script, with Nutter directing. Melissa Kellner Berman serves as co-executive producer.