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Fall TV: 'The Flash' is a DC Comics winner

Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in the series premiere of CW’s “The Flash.”
Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in the series premiere of CW’s “The Flash.” Jack Rowand/The CW

New show: The Flash

When: 8 p.m. Tuesdays

Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin

Premise: Barry Allen is a kind-hearted kid, the kind who stops the bullying of others and takes the beating himself. He’s got a loving mom and dad too, until one day he’s awakened to find his mother surrounded by a strange electrical storm. His dad tells him to run to safety; when Barry returns mom is dead and dad is being hauled off to jail for a murder he didn’t commit.

Years later, we meet Barry again – older (Gustin) and even cuter (his is the CW after all), and being raised by a police detective (Martin) while crushing on his play sister (Patton) and working as a forensic scientist. Then another weird electrical storm happens, this time hitting Allen, and well, more stuff happens and The Flash is born.

On the big screen, Marvel Comics rule, but this small-screen DC Comics offering is just as enjoyable as those efforts. Gustin is really likeable and having solid actors like Martin, Panabaker and Cavanaugh, who plays a shady physicist Allen admires, gives the show a heightened level of expertise to rely on. I’m rooting for The Flash.

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