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.



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]

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