As The CW’s new superhero series The Flash debuts tonight, it seems there are more TV shows based on comic books in prime time than ever before.
And a look at two of the best new network TV dramas this fall also reveals two different ways to tell superhero stories on television, both with wonderful results.
It’s tough to find a more traditional superhero story than The CW’s take on The Flash, which opens with a voice over from the hero himself: "To understand what I’m about to tell you, you need to do something first … you need to believe in the impossible," he says, preparing the audience for a few shots of him speeding across town at supersonic speed.
In the comics, Barry Allen is a forensic scientist who gets covered in chemicals after a lightning bolt hits his lab. And that’s pretty much how The CW’s TV version goes, too.
'The Flash' And 'Gotham' Succeed By Taking Comic Book Stories Seriously
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