Since the CW released a preview for the Flash, here's a preview of Flash Facts, the new Outhouse column breaking down the various comic references and Easter eggs in each episode of The Flash. While we'll go into greater detail about the various main cast members during the first full column, we'll breakdown the trailer and see what other comic book references pop up:
The Reverse-Flash - The opening scene of the trailer is a pretty faithful retelling of Barry Allen's "new" backstory. When DC brought back Barry Allen in 2010, they revealed that his mother had been murdered under mysterious circumstances, and that his father was charged and convicted for the murder. Barry's frustration with the case, and his belief that his father was innocent leads to Allen becoming a police scientist. In Flash Rebirth, he discovers that the Reverse-Flash, a longtime foe of the Flash, had actually killed Barry's mother in order to spite Barry.
The Reverse-Flash wears a costume of yellow with red highlights, which is reflected when Barry sees the outline of a person during the attack.
We'll cover the Reverse-Flash more in the fall.
John Wesley Shipp - John Wesley Shipp, who played the Flash in CBS's 1990 series, briefly appears behind eleven year old Barry's house. Presumably, this is a confirmation that he'll be playing Barry's father in the series.
Ferris Air - Barry and STAR Labs test his speed limits on a Ferris Air airstrip. Ferris Air is best known as the employer of Hal Jordan, the Silver Age Green Lantern. Ferris Air was previously referenced in the first season of Arrow, when Eddie Fyers attempted to shoot a Ferris airliner down over the island that Ollie and Slade Wilson were stranded on.
Metahumans - Harrison Wells, the head of STAR Labs, mentions that Barry is a metahuman. In the DC universe, metahumans is a fancy word for referring to people with superpowers. While many metahumans contain a genetic anamoly called a metagene, Superman, Aquaman and other heroes with powers are also considered to be metahumans.
Clyde Mardon - People online were quick to point out that the pilot's villain is the Weather Wizard, a longtime Flash villain. They were only half right. Barry says that the weather controlling metahuman is named Clyde Mardon. In the comics, Clyde is the brother of the Weather Wizard and the original inventor of the wand that gave the Weather Wizard his powers. Mark Mardon, Clyde's brother, murdered Clyde and used the wand to commit various crimes. It'll be interesting to see if Mark makes an appearance in the show.
Dimensional Barrier - Harrison Wells mentions that the particle accelerator accident breached a dimensional barrier, causing all sorts of weird energies and elements to spill into our world. Interestingly, Cisco Ramon, a supporting cast member in the Flash series, has the power to detect and close dimensional breaches in the comics.
See you all in the fall!