Let's just set the record straight.
I panned Arrow two years ago on Preview Night at Comic-Con. The pilot was full of holes, but showed some promise.
Two years later and Arrow is my favorite network show.
So, tonight, I approached the Preview Night screening of the CW's new Flash pilot in a different frame of mind.
We got our first look at Grant Gustin's Barry Allen during Season 2 of Arrow. The lightning bolt struck and that's where we left Allen.
Tonight we were treated to a more in-depth backstory that stayed true to the Flash's comic book origins.
Allen is struck by a lightning bolt caused by the explosion of a particle accelerator. When he awakens from a coma 9 months later, the world is moving in slow motion.
I won't spoil it all for you, but one of the Flash's infamous Rogues makes an appearance as the first baddie. My favorite Flash villain is teased in a passing shot much like Deathstroke was teased in the Arrow pilot.
This isn't the Flash's first time on network television. The late 80s CBS show never found its footing and was cancelled after one season. That show's Flash, John Wesley Shipp, is back, this time as Henry Allen, Barry's father.
Did I mention Eddie Thawne? No? Well, he's there too.
The rest of the cast is top notch featuring, among others, Jessie L. Martin (Law & Order) and Tom Cavanaugh (Ed).
Even CW's Emerald Archer makes an appearance.
It certainly appears Warner Brothers and CW have figured out their DC television model.
The Flash looks great at first glance and, if history is any indication, it will only get better.
Give it a look this fall.