The Flash 1×02 “Fastest Man Alive” – Barry (Grant Gustin) escorts Iris (Candice Patton) to a university gathering honoring scientist Simon Stagg (guest star William Sadler). When six gunmen storm the event, Barry changes into The Flash and tries to stop them. While he does save a man’s life, he passes out before he can capture the robbers, which frustrates him. As Dr. Wells (Tom Cavanagh), Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) and Cisco (Carlos Valdes) scramble to find out what’s wrong with Barry, Joe (Jesse Martin) comes down hard on Barry for taking the law into his own hands and risking his life. Barry realizes that it wasn’t six gunmen but a metahuman named Danton Black (guest star Michael Christopher Smith), who can make multiples of himself. Meanwhile, Iris becomes even more intrigued by the “red streak.”

The CW Network's 2014 Upfront - Presentation

Take a look at the cast of The Flash during the CW Upfronts
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Grant Gustin attends The CW Network’s 2014 Upfront at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

The CW has released their extended trailer for the new fall show “The Flash” (viewers of “Arrow” got a sneak peek last night), and judging from these five minutes, things are looking good. Here are six reasons why you might want to tune in even if you’re not a comic book superhero fan.

flash-logo1) The CW sprang for lighting
Okay, that’s unfair, but an awful lot of the shows on the network are beautifully gloomy. Sometimes the night shoots are dictated by story (for example, vampires don’t love bright sun even when they have daylight rings — I’m guessing they don’t tan), but often it’s just a stylistic choice. “Flash” looks like it isn’t taking place in a never ending night of rain. And that brings us to…

2) It looks like a movie
The CW has clearly pulled out all the stops for “The Flash,” in that the special effects are slick, they’re not simply limited to fast/slow motion stuff, there are lots of locations in the pilot and some of them seem to be destroyed in intriguing ways. While most shows on the network look slick, not all seem to have this big screen scope.

3) There’s humor as well as pathos
How could you not laugh when he realized lightning gave him abs? These days we expect a little humor with our superhero action, and “The Flash” doesn’t seem so intent on wallowing in a tragic origin story that we don’t see how much fun it is to be the fastest man in the world.

4) There will be crossovers with “Arrow” and we’re betting on more
In the trailer, we see that The Flash and Arrow have a little tete a tete, in which Oliver Queen tells our new boy hero to take his own advice and “wear a mask.” I suspect this won’t be the only crossover we get, either. While it’s not the Marvel fleet of crossover characters, I’ve heard the CW is aiming to utilize a lot more DC Comics properties in the same way.

5) The cast is phenomenal
In addition to a charming lead in Grant Gustin, the show sprang for some established talent in Jesse L. Martin (“Law & Order”) and Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”). A few veterans (like John Barrowman on “Arrow”) go a long way in selling a superhero concept that can, in the wrong hands, go to the cheesy side.

6) The modern take on The Flash story seems fresh
Picking up the Silver Age take on The Flash, our “Crimson Comet” isn’t bathed in chemicals before being struck by lightning but is instead gets a more modern (and exciting) creation story which involves a particle accelerator. Bringing in the S.T.A.R. Labs element suggests we’re going to get a little scifi tech with our action sequences, and that can’t be a bad thing.

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Pilot

ANow that The CW has officially ordered The Flash to series, TVGuide.com can exclusively reveal that the first Arrow-Flash crossover will occur much sooner than fans might’ve expected: Stephen Amell, who plays Arrow’s emerald archer Oliver Queen, appears in The Flash pilot!

The Arrow spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a scientist who’s gifted with the power of super-speed in the aftermath of a freak accident that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive. Given that Barry originated on Arrow, it seems only fitting for Oliver to return the favor, but there’s a twist: The Arrow isn’t visiting Barry’s hometown of Central City.

“In the Flash pilot, Barry comes to me,” Amell tells TVGuide.com. “[It's a] little snippet in the Flash pilot where he and I share a scene together, it’s in his pilot, but [filming] it felt like our show because he’s coming to Starling City. That, to me, was one of the most rewarding things that I did as an actor because it was essentially the same crew that we used for our pilot, and it was two years later and it was the same director. It was like going back in time. [Flash and Arrow director] David Nutter asked me to be a part of the pilot and I will never say no to David Nutter.”