Grant Gustin as The Flash

Posted on March 12, 2014

We’re a fabulous gay couple with a popular style/celebrity/pop culture site and one half of us is a hardcore comics nerd. Which is why we feel compelled to offer our take on this:

 

Grant Gustin wearing his Flash costume on the set of “The Flash” in Vancouver, Canada.

 

AWFUL.

Look, we (and by that, we mostly mean the T in T Lo) are huge proponents of the idea that superhero costumes mostly need to be massively revamped for 21st Century movie and television audiences. You have to remember that the vast majority of classic superhero costumes were designed for an audience of mid-20th Century (and earlier) children, in a medium that was largely considered disposable even by the people who worked in it. The issue here is not that this is different from the comic book version. The issue is that the changes made are so wrong-headed.

The Flash’s superpower, in case you don’t know, is that he runs. Really, really fast. Like, speed-of-light fast. Now let us ask those of you in our readership who probably don’t know much, if anything, about this character: Did you get that from this costume? Did you get that he runs?  That running is pretty much everything he does? Does anything about this say “running?” Or even “kinetic?” Because to our eyes, he looks exactly like he’s supposed to walk confidently over to a race car and strap himself in, turn it on and then let the car do all the moving. It doesn’t look like he can manage much more than that on the movement front. That shot of him jumping makes us wince. He doesn’t look like he can:

1) Turn his head (or even see anything in his peripheral vision)

2) Bend any joint easily (or even all the way)

3) Pick up anything

That is positively disastrous for a character who’s supposed to be all about sleekness, speed and movement. And why such a muddy red? And why have a clashing red in the chest insignia? Harrumph.

Granted, we suspect a ton of special effects will be layered over this costume in post-production. The character’s known (in the modern day, at least) for shooting off lightning bolts and all kinds of visible comic-booky energy while in motion.

 

[Photo Credit: NHorsley/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES]

    • clatie

      snort

    • Rand Ortega

      I’ve seen that outfit on the AllSaints website. The color is called Oxblood. For women. GAH.

    • NMMagpie

      I love the half of you that is a comic book nerd! I was thinking the same thing about this costume when I saw it yesterday.

    • Danielle

      All that pleather. He’s got to have the worst swamp ass ever.

      • Anna

        This costume clearly isn’t moisture-wicking.

      • Ginger

        And some serious chafing as well. No amount of Body Glide or DZ Nuts will help what that costume does to his nether-regions.

        • Random Compliments

          LOL – clearly a few of us BKs are also runnerds.
          Should put him in a singlet and some shamefully short shorts.

          • Ginger

            Just make sure that those short shorts have the built-in undies. We wouldn’t want any accidental shows.

    • RescueMe23

      All I see is a little kid shouting..”Mommy look at how fast I can run!”

    • barbarienne

      My Twitter feed came alive with variations of WTF regarding this costume. Glad to see that fashion guys using more than 140 chars can articulate the exact problem! I much prefer your “he looks like a race car driver” to everyone else’s “he looks like an athletic shoe.”

      One thing we can all agree on is that this looks awful.

      • Nelliebelle1197

        What were the twitterers saying about the COLOR? I prefer Sheldon Cooper’s take on the Flash than THIS.

      • NinaBoo

        First thing that came to my mind was Gaga’s meat dress.

        Awful.

        • barbarienne

          CAN’T UNSEE. You are evil. In the best way.

    • Cee Layton

      is this for a tv show? On like basic cable? Or community theater? Worst costume revamp EVER.

      • AnaRoW

        No the last attempt at Wonder Woman starring Adrianne Palicki still holds that title but this is a pretty close second.

    • Wowitsemily

      Were I the costume designer, the obvious reference point would have been olympic athletic wear. Speed Skaters, Runners, Swimmers, Cyclists, anything athletic and fast. I say pack that up and send it to Captain America. Ugh this is almost as bad as that wonder woman costume.

      • Sarah

        I just said the same thing. It seems incredibly obvious to reference athletes.

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

          Whoops I should have scrolled down first. Redundant comment the third here.

      • Anna

        Indeed, they needed an Usain Bolt/speed-skating hybrid. Ironic that he changed into running shoes in the second last photo, that was the only thing running-related that I noticed.

        • Danielle

          UNFFF could you imagine Shani Davis in this role? *fans self*

          • Anna

            SIZZLING *takes a break to fan myself as well*

      • HomeOfficeGirl

        Right – it’s really loose… very odd. Love your reference to Speed Skaters – they were fierce in Sochi!!

      • mshesterp

        Exactly–my first thought was “he should look like a speed skater”. This material looks super loose and cheap. WHY?!?

      • Kimmu

        Why is this costume so loose? It looks so ill fitting when it should be skin tight to suggest speed! Like you said, like speed skates and swimmers.

        This really does look like they stole one of Chris Evans’s Cap suits, spray painted it red, and put it on a dude half Evans’s size.

        • mellorcr

          I think they are afraid to show a guy’s crotch in spandex during prime time.

          • JMB_edits

            Have you seen Arrow? Trust me, they aren’t afraid of that!

          • Kimmu

            Yeaaahhh one of Arrow’s odd strong points is it is not afraid to play heavily into the female gaze. There are extended, gratuitous shirtless and near naked work out scenes of dudes.

            This is just badly designed and badly fitted.

            • Kent Roby

              Damn you, Kimmu! There already aren’t enough hours in the day, but, okay, yep, just added “Arrow” to my Netflix after reading this. (Incidentally, if if plays into “female gaze”, then it also works with “male gays”!)

            • Kimmu

              lol! I will admit Arrow is cheesy as hell, but it’s really fun cheese, and I find most of the cast likable, especially the main trio of Ollie, Diggle, and Felicity. And Stephen Amell sure does look good doing his ridiculous salmon ladder workout shirtless for no actual in show reason.

            • ChaquitaPhilly

              YES!!!

            • kmk05

              Man, I’m so jealous of you enjoying it. I watched maybe 9 or 10 episodes, and the cheese just stank for me. Still makes me sad, because all those shirtless scenes were amazing.

            • Kimmu

              Perhaps because I’m not a DC fan I don’t mind the cheese and alterations to the story all that much? I think it’s a fun bit of fluff every week, and this season there’s like brooding silver fox Manu Bennett to enjoy even more of.

            • kmk05

              Not a DC fan either! I just thought the show (especially the writing) was so clunky. Arrow (for me) was such a self-righteous arse that after 10 episodes, even his pecs couldn’t save him.

              But…Manu Bennett. I may reconsider.

            • demidaemon

              Really. Especially something that is (mostly) considered a male heterosexual activity. The watching of wrestling, that is.

        • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

          Agree! This looks like it’s one size too big. At the speed the Flash runs, he’d be setting this costume on fire with the friction. It will be interesting to see what Marvel does for Quicksilver’s costume in Avengers 2; he’s also a superspeedster. (The version of him in Fox’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” is all leather jacket and utility belt, not popular with the fans either.)

          • Kimmu

            The less we talk of DOFP’s sullen 90’s club kid Quicksilver, the better. The second someone said he looked like Kid Video from the Burger King Kid’s Club, I could not unsee it. I’m so torn on DOFP. I love McKellan and Patrick as the elder versions of Charles and Erik, and I’m even sold on McAvoy and Fassbender as the younger ones, but the rest of XMFC was a clusterfuck of sexism and PoC erasure.

            I’m really curious to see how they handle Wanda and Pietro in Age of Ultron. Them being Magneto’s children is really important to their characters, so are we actually going to get some sort of nod to mutants existing in the MCU?

            • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

              Curious to see them in Age of Ultron, too. Since they’re removing Henry Pym from the equation in the MCU version of the story, where do they fit in? According to CinemaBlend, contract stipulations prevent them from being referred to as mutants, so how will they explain their powers? (Kevin Feige apparently nixed a rumor that they would be Inhumans.)

            • Kimmu

              With them casting Paul Bettany as the Vision, I’m going to assume they’re going to shunt Ultron’s creation off onto Tony Stark. It makes sense and would have a place for Tony in the story without him necessarily needing to suit up. Not that not needing the arc reactor anymore has actually ever been a reason for Tony not to suit up. We’ll see how long that sticks in the MCU.

              Hmm, if they can’t call them mutants I too am interested in how they explain their powers and who they are within the universe. I’m really hoping they go whole hog with Ronan the Accuser in GotG so that we can get the Kree in the MCU, cause if we get the Kree, the path towards Carol Danvers has been opened. Natasha needs another amazing super powered lady to hang with.

              Of course, I’m still intensely bitter they wussed out on Thor and Loki. Aliens my ass.

            • http://www.franticbutfabulous.com/ Heidi/FranticButFab

              There’s been some speculation that the alien spotted in S1E14 of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (“T.A.H.I.T.I.”) was a Kree, so maybe they’ve already started in that direction? And you’re right, Natasha and Carol would be awesome. Plus Jessica Jones. She’s getting her own Marvel Netflix show, so why not?

          • gabbilevy

            Maybe it’s a plot point. This is Flash Suit 1.0, he’ll set it on fire trying out his speed, and then need Flash Suit 2.0. And yes, speed skater is the the obvious reference they should be going for.

      • Wowitsemily

        I mean there are so many amazing technical fabrics out there, it makes me kind of sad that people just resort to leather for Superhero costumes as of late. It’s really impractical and rarely gives the proper effect.

        • Anna

          So true. A fellow running club buddy and I base our running clothes selections/purchases *specifically* on how much said items make us feel like superheroes.

      • kmk05

        Definitely seconding the speed skater costumes. Never seen anything as skintight and shiny as these.

    • jw_ny

      definitely needs to be tighter…that loose fabric would cause a lot of drag/resistance. Besides…superheroes need to show off the muscles and bod! I like my superheroes sexy. ;) looks like he has a cute face though…will have to google him. :)

      • Kristin McNamara

        He was an antagonistic Warbler in Glee a few seasons ago (and quite a toothpick). But I follow him on Insta, and a while ago (maybe a month?) he posted a shirtless picture of himself. Evidently he got RIPPED for this role…. which unfortunately is being hidden by this ill-fitting disaster. Boo hiss.

        • jw_ny

          yeah. I don’t watch Glee nor Arrow, so he is not familiar to me, but I did check out images of him. He’s a cutie and has a nice bod…which should not be hidden in that costume! :)

    • Sarah

      Is the movie set pre-1950’s? Because that color is reading old-timey to me. And no, it is not aerodynamic looking. Duh: why wouldn’t you give him a speed-skating look? Those guys are pros at going fast.

      • kimmeister

        Speed-skaters also have the most amazingly muscular quads EVAR. This getup just makes me think “needs more quads.”

        • Sarah

          Yeah, we call ‘em grasshopper legs. Like: “Look at those grasshopper legs go – damn he’s fast!”

          • kimmeister

            Meanwhile, I egocentrically think, “So there ARE people in the world with bigger thighs than me!”

        • Fanny_Trollope

          YES. Speedskaters have giant hammy thighs!

      • Dandesun

        It makes the most sense. Fashion Flash after Eric Heiden. (Even though most today don’t remember him. Kids… get off my lawn!) Heiden could go faster than anyone at any distance. Period.

        This outfit looks like if Flash jogged down to the corner for some milk he’d instantly reek. It doesn’t look like it can breathe.

        • zuzu

          Oooooh, Eric Heiden.

          I was a very impressionable age in 1980.

      • CT14

        The color and all the leather are making me think steampunk.

    • Judy_S

      That is one ugly costume. Flush.

    • JauntyJohn

      This is a MASSIVE FAIL.
      Give him a real red, (or at least a red that is not apologizing for being red) and stay away from anything below the neck which says “motorcycle leathers.”
      With the new fabrics available there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for this.
      (comic book reader for 45 years here. I can roll with updates but I hate this with the burning fire of ten thousand suns.)

      • tereliz

        Doesn’t everyone know that the color red makes you go faster?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I don’t know much about the Flash (being a Marvel girl) but if there is one character trait I am sure Barry would have, it would be that he would make sure his crotch looked amazing in his costume.

      • Dandesun

        Is it the Barry Allen Flash? Not the Wally West? My Flash info comes because I collected Impulse back in the day and there were crossovers (there are always crossovers) with Wally and various other speedsters… and there were quite a few of them!

        But, yeah, what the hell.

        • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

          I looked it up because I had the same thought when I was typing. IMDb and Wiki has it listed as Barry. Either way, I keep thinking about that panel where Barry-or-Wally is bent over in thigh high yellow shorts, setting up equipment for an outdoor concert. That’s what cemented my theory of “the Flash knows how to dress to flatter his lower torso”.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      I guess I just assume that so much of any super-hero movie production is CGI that I’m kind of surprised they bother with putting him a costume at all.. just digitize his face on whatever cartoon form body you want and go…

      • Lilyana_F

        My thoughts exactly.

      • hyperionic

        This is a spinoff of Arrow. On The CW. I assume there’s not gonna be much CGI going on.

        • WendyD

          And I’m really confused because I’m fairly certain this costume was designed by the same costume designer who created Stephen Amell’s ‘Arrow’ costume, and while Stephen is way more muscular than Grant, the costume doesn’t appear to be made out of cheap pleather. (And Stephen has said as much during many of his FB chats, it’s definitely leather.)

    • SewingSiren

      This is a costume down date.

      • MoHub

        Even George Reeves’ Superman costume in the ’50s didn’t have that many wrinkles and crinkles.

    • MoHub

      Is spandex passé?

      • Kent Roby

        And is lamé lame?

    • kimmeister

      My only frame of reference for the Flash’s costume is from the TV show with John Wesley Shipp. (My brother is a hardcore comics nerd.) That costume was a bit cheesy, but it’s still an improvement over this one.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      As a long-time DC comics fan, I was pretty appalled when I saw this costume. (I’m not really sold on Grant Gustin as The Flash either — he made a surprisingly appealling Barry Allen, but The Flash?? .. I don’t know.)

    • crash1212

      I like the boots and they would look way cute with a skirt I have. Of course, I don’t run at high speeds and neither would these boots. FAIL.

    • Janet B

      I was wondering what his special ability could be, since it obviously wasn’t anything to do with speediness.

      Seems somewhat retro, which is okay, but not practical for The Flash.

    • AES

      “Burgundy. Please, God, tell me I have not inspired something burgundy. Red. Red. *Red*. *Red*, Charlie boy. *Red*! Is the color of sex! Burgundy is the color of hot water bottles! Red is the color of sex and fear and danger and signs that say, Do. Not. Enter. All my favorite things in life.”

      And thus my favorite superhero from childhood is destroyed.

      • MoHub

        OMG! Thank you so much for the Kinky Boots quote. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s voice has now taken over my brain.

    • Missy

      I love the occasionally nerdy aspect of TLo. :)
      He doesn’t look like he can move comfortably. Run? No. But he might be able to hail a cab lightning-fast.
      Also, I feel old because he looks like he’s 12.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ Alicia

      He has pretty lips though.

      • Alyssa

        That 3rd picture! Such pretty lips.

    • histrogeek

      Bright colors for Flash. He can outrun anything, so he wants people to see him and take hope. Come on. And is there some sale in DC Comic land on meshy looking leatherette? First Superman, now Flash seem to be using it.

    • alyce1213

      Fire the costume designer and start again from scratch, just reshoot. This hideous outfit is enough to kill the film before it opens.

    • Donna Tabor

      How sad. The Flash was always my favorite comic book character, and you are so right, T-Lo. Nothing about this stiff, wooden costume says “go-fast”.

    • MilaXX

      I don’t dislike the color, but why is the suit made of such heavy looking leather? Send him to the Face Off guys and let them rethink this.

    • Tatiana Luján

      Well, I like it.

    • dalgirl

      Leatherhead with a side of Grim Reaper coat.

    • Miss Ruth

      He looks like the kicker for the Boltsville Bolts, circa 1942.

      • MoHub

        Or Chico Marx in Horse Feathers.

    • In_Stitches

      I find the fake shoulders particularly egregious. if they are going to make them so pronounced, they should make them external.

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      What is it with the DC superheroes and the muddy colours?! I hated the grim, grimy look they gave Superman in Man of Steel and now they’re doing it to The Flash too? Look DC, I know Marvel has you on the run right now but come on sort it out!

      *continues to count the days until Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released…*

    • http://batman-news.com boweryboy

      The main problem for me is Grant Gustin isn’t manly enough to fit the role of the character. He seriously looks like a baby faced 21 year old playing dress up.

      Also, no. This costume does not read “fast runner” to me. I’m getting Olympic high jumper or comic con cosplay attendee or leather boy at the S&M bar on a Friday night.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      Nope. Just, nope. Why couldn’t they take a cue from modern athletic apparel? Those tight little things they wear at the Olympics for running, speed skating, and even swimming would show off his, um, superpower well enough for the posters, and it’s a look we’re all used to these days that reads, “I go really fast.” Snazz it up a little maybe, and find a way to streamline the footwear, but seriously… pleather? Does not compute.

    • Denise Alden

      Honestly, Dr. Sheldon Cooper dressed up as The Flash for Halloween is better than this!

    • Judy_J

      I love The Flash, and this is not him. The Flash wore a RED costume accented with a bright yellow lightening bolt, not this muddy maroon color with clashing red/gold insignia. And it fit him like a second skin. This guy’s costume fits like a snake shedding his skin. I do not approve of this “Flash”.

    • quiltrx

      The fact that his pants (why are they pants?) appear to have a FLY is causing e to put a huge NAY-NO on this whole thing. I can barely look at the rest of it, for seeing that.
      Is this movie supposed to be set in the past? if this is, say, 40s or 50s, this is a cool costume with me. But if it’s modern-day…no.

      EDITED TO ADD: The shot of him in the coat/poncho thing makes me sad that there was never a sequel (as was intended) to ‘Unbreakable’.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        Oh man, speaking of 40s-50s, I wish they’d do a live-action version of Darwyne Cook’s DC: The New Frontier. It’d be so glam.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

        “Unbreakable” is my jam.

    • Damien W

      Running at lightning speed in tight leather pants? Jim Morrison could barely dance in them. Bzzzz.

    • Bill Curtis

      Agreed on the color and the stiffness. He looks like he’s waiting to grow into the suit!

      But Colleen Atwood is the costume designer (Shouldn’t that be in the photo description? The fashion designers get mentioned in all the celeb and red carpet shots). She has done some great work in a lot of terrific movies so I’m going to wait to see the final product onscreen before I finish judging…but if it still looks like this, I’ll tear it apart.

    • lobsterlen

      Its a very pedestrian super hero costume. Its looks like he heading to a Halloween party.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Pedestrian! That makes me think of the movie Kick Ass, or even The Tick comic book. This guy is just an ordinary citizen trying to be a superhero and this is all he could come up with for a cool costume.

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      They should have taken direction from modern speed-skating uniforms, as on display in the Olympics. Instead, leather. Oh, the chafing.
      Seriously, this is the one superhero who really should be in spandex. Instead he looks like the Rocketeer.

      • CT14

        The Rocketeer!

        EXACTLY!

    • Inspector_Gidget

      Ugly! I blame the X-Men movies for turning superhero costumes into dark pleather. Who’d want to run in that?

    • BackseatDriver

      The other issue is, look at his legs. The pleather pants are super loose and straight-legged…. Flash is a RUNNER, these are not the legs of a runner at all. There has to have been a more athletic-looking actor, or at least get the boy a personal trainer. Hell, maybe that is why the fabric is stiff and not stretchy, to hide a soft and skinny physique?

    • Dandesun

      It looks like he’s an extra in ‘Metropolis.’

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Oh randomly, I feel like others might also be a fan of Aaron Diaz (of Dresden Codak) and his redesigns of comic book characters. He imagined a more Art Deco noir Batman and crew, and redesigned/reimagined the XMen to be more the mutant outcasts they’re written as, and less like mostly-models-with-powers (and he gives thoughtful reasoning for why he designed them the way he did). He also did some concept drawings for a hypothetical Zelda game starring Zelda as protagonist. It’s all mostly on his tumblr blog which is linked on the Dresden Codak page as Art Blog – might have to dig a little but it’s so worth it.

      All that is a lead-up to saying this design only makes sense if part of the concept is that it’s a Steampunk world, but this doesn’t look anywhere near that thought out. More like, “Leather makes things cool, right?”

      • Dandesun

        Love Aaron Diaz’ stuff, I really do. And yes, this does have a Steampunkish feel to him… I said ‘Metropolis’ but still… it just doesn’t read ‘Guy Who Runs Super Fucking Fast’ at all. It comes of more as ‘Huge fan of Nikolai Tesla.’

        • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

          True. They should have gone with short shorts.
          Eta: that cape looks like it’s made of garbage bags.

          • MilaXX

            What’s wrong with Spandex? Does it not fit the sort of grungey look of Arrow’s costume? There had to be a way to make this look sleeker. I hope CGI cleans this up a bit better.

            • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

              Totally with you on the spandex, I just think it’d be funny to see The Flash in short shorts ala Usain Bolt. I don’t know if CGI can fix leather running clothes.

    • Cathy S

      Yuck. I prefer my kid’s $25 dollar flammable Flash Halloween costume. In bright red and yellow. Flashy, you know. like Flash.

    • conniemd

      Costume should be similar to what speed skaters wear – sleek, light and no wind resistance. This is ridiculous.

    • mjude

      awful.

    • Ron Zank

      To me, yes–this signifies speed. And it’s sexy as hell.

      • Ron Zank

        This being a speed skater–not this muddy, bloody tin man outfit.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Does he receive messages from space with those lightening bolt ear covers?

    • Nancer

      Oh, TLo, you are so right on this! This is just laughable. How on earth did they look at all the cool superhero costumes that are in the movies and come up with this? It’s ridiculous.

    • marlie

      When I think “running,” I don’t think “leather pants.” That’s gotta chafe.

    • VicD

      I get 1930’s leatherhead football player. At least we will get to enjoy Sheldon Cooper’s head exploding about this when the movie comes out.

    • lalahartma

      Lol!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      All the pulling fabric is adding to the terribly restrictive look. My first thought, though, was, “Is this Kid Flash??” The actor is really youthful-looking.

      That muddy red is supposed to be a way to baddass-up a classic image. I have seen it plenty of times when people are reinterpreting anime characters who wear red at conventions. Sometimes it works. Others… LOL nope.

    • Pennymac

      I always think of fast running when I see the color of rusty old blood.

    • Imasewsure

      NERD ALERT NERD ALERT Love you T

    • KSuKim

      Designed in one day by a PR contestant. Who lost.

      • Brent Wolgamott

        ^THIS! :-D

      • Kamilaa

        While Tim Gunn stood by and expressed his concern. Several times.

        This really is awful, and as a comic nerd myself (although mostly of the Marvel persuasion) I always have high hopes for any sort of additional programming in that vein. However, I must say, this is not it. Go back and work on it some more, guys, because even on the CW (this is one of theirs, right?), this will not last. People who don’t know the franchise will take one look at the franchise, laugh their asses off, and click away, never to return. People who do know, and who want to like it, will probably click away faster, because if they care so little about the costume (and how fucking hard is that to do right? Like TLo said, speedy, kinetic, sleek), how much less will they care about the more difficult challenges.

        FAIL.

    • judybrowni

      Ugh, to a wrinkly maroon Flash.

      On the other hand, his is a cutie head in that helmet.

    • Trickytrisha

      He’s auditioning for the part of a lightning rod?

    • RedRaven617

      Well, my first thought was that the second photo made me think of Sheldon from the Big Bang dressed as the Flash. I doubt that is a good sign.

    • JynxTheCat

      Oh Im so glad you think this sucks. Because I think this SUCKS. Its like they found Ben Afflecks old costume at an estate sale and fucked it up even more.

    • JynxTheCat

      And I just realized thi sis the mean girl from Glee. Sigh. Awful

    • Kirstin McAulay

      The Arrow costumes are so good, and move so well – how did the same team come up with this?!?!

    • Dan_In_NYC

      If they said this were the flashback version of the costume from the 40s, I could MAYBE be ok with one scene in this get-up. Otherwise, totally agree that it looks too heavy (and too warm) for someone who moves at the speed of light and vibrates energy.

      If ever there were a hero for whom a spandex-y legging made sense, I think this would be him.

    • Amel

      did anyone else catch the adorable knit orange tea cozies for his feet in the second to last pic?

    • CT14

      Steampunk Flash. He doesn’t look updated. He looks retro-fied.

    • embers618

      If the real Flash and the Rocketeer had a baby, this is what he would wear. T Lo totally called it on the impracticality of this suit. I went ahead and looked at one of the promo posters on IMDB – he’s in a speedskater-type pose, and it looks like the suit is restraining him (in a range of motion way, not a nice bulging muscles way), especially in the legs.

    • e jerry powell

      The practical assessment is perfectly reasonable.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Why this dried blood color and not the fire engine red of classic Flash? It makes no sense at all and it’s ugly. Boo.

    • Akmall Razlan

      dont like the costume, its too dark Flash should flashy not darkie… huhu..and the fit? What the hell?

    • Courtney

      I hope they’ll also be CGI-ing the fit, as it doesn’t really. For a superhero, he really ought be filling out that costume a little snugger.

    • mmebam

      This is some Comic Con realness.

    • Nimith

      I saw the thumbnails and half wondered if it was a kid in a bad Halloween costume.

    • mozzer0906

      It looks loose and hangy which means it will chafe like a bitch with all that running.

    • SierraDelta

      I sewed better looking Halloween costumes for my kids.

    • St. Ace

      They should have looked at the clothes that actual athletes wear, particularly runners and bicyclists.

    • http://reneshiro.tumblr.com/ kingderella

      He looks a little young to be walking around in fetish gear…

      Anyway, he doesn’t look bad, but you make good points. Maybe they should have designed something inspired by ice skater costumes (speed skating, of course.)

    • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

      It’s a poor man’s Iron Man costume.

    • MannahattaMamma

      ghastly is right. I thought from these pictures that the movie was going to be faux-retro, noirish in its sensibility. You mean that is supposed to look COOL? The action figure will never, ever work. Plus it looks as if he feels like a right prat.

    • ChaquitaPhilly

      It is to laugh…heh, heh, heh…

    • bingo

      another issue I have is that the Flash was, like most sprinters, very built and developed. Gustin looks more like a marathoner than a sprinter. just sort of formlessly lean.

      • Shawn EH

        Agreed, the casting is off. Why have a tall, gangly guy be your superspeedster, rather than someone with some thunder thighs? The red chest insignia is the only vestige of the original costume. The John Wesley-Shipp version at least wore the current outfit back in the day, with extra muscles!

        • rottenkitty

          I think they’re trying to style this the way they did with Captain America’s suit. By toning down the color palate yada yada. The problem is the Flash is a bright character. If memory serves, he wasn’t angsty. This outfit makes him too dark.

          • Shawn EH

            You know why? Because EVERYTHING on Arrow is dark. It’s like Batman with arrows.

            • rottenkitty

              I was okay in the beginning with Arrow being a little dark given the backstory, but he should have been changing since he’s been back. (But I’m wacky expecting character growth.) Barry Allen isn’t a dark guy. And he hasn’t been one on the show. (Though I’m a few episodes behind.)

              Also, can we have just one female character who’s supposed to be smart and competent (see, she’s wearing glasses!) who doesn’t end up in a skin-tight too-short dress?

              Le sigh.

    • Camille Chapman

      I like the fact that it is not insanely muscular. The hyper masculinized versions of superheros has really bugged me lately.

    • MightyMarshal

      They really should have done something like a running suit at the Olympics. This looks incredible uncomfortable.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      horrific. it should be skin tight- why all the bagginess?ill fitting. and the weird fabrics?? epic fail.

      really? I am just stunned at the awfulness.

    • Brian G. Cox

      This may seem strangely off-topic for a moment, but bear with me. One of the movie theater costume displays here in LA had the green dress from “The Other Boleyn Girl.” It was nowhere near as vivid as the movie and poster would have led one to believe. In fact, the green was so dark that I would have never guessed which movie it was from unless the poster had been right there next to it.

      Anyway, I’m hoping/guessing that they anticipate A LOT of color correction in post and that this will come across with more pop than can be seen here. None of that, however, can make up for the fact that this looks like a “one size fits most skinny guys” cast costume from a theme park.

    • formerlyAnon

      Also: Not body hugging. Super heros don’t have wrinkles ESPECIALLY not across their lower chest & abdomen when they move.

      (I love that you weighed in on this.)

    • Miranda Reseigh

      Why couldn’t they just build off of modern athletics wear? That suit just looks painful.

    • traceyishere

      Too much costume for someone who needs to be agile…he should be almost naked.

    • Eric Stott

      HORRIBLE red for the character – like the color of clotted blood.