Original Concept Art for The Flash's Rival and Kid Flash Has Been Revealed!

Monday, 10 October 2016 - 4:14PM
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The Flash
Monday, 10 October 2016 - 4:14PM
Original Concept Art for The Flash's Rival and Kid Flash Has Been Revealed!
Last week, we finally saw the first episode of the new season of The Flash and got to experience the world of Flashpoint, where Barry's parents are alive and Wally West is Central City's new speedster superhero. There was even a "yes" to a date with Iris. But then all the Back-to-the-Future, Marty-McFly stuff starts happening: Barry starts losing his memories of the old timeline, and Reverse-Flash tells him that the only way to Johnny B. Goode his way out of losing his powers is to return to his own timeline. So it's up to Barry to choose whether to be happy, or be a hero.

Episode 2, titled "Paradox," is scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th, but in the meantime, we thought it'd be cool to take a look at the original concept art for some of The Flash's costumes, which were designed by Andy Poon, a Vancouver-based concept artist, art director, consultant and owner of Andy Poon Design. Poon recently posted the designs on Instagram

A photo posted by Andy Poon (@andypoondesign) on



A photo posted by Andy Poon (@andypoondesign) on



A photo posted by Andy Poon (@andypoondesign) on



As you can see, the designs for Kid Flash, the Black Siren, and The Rival ended up being very close to how they were portrayed in the TV series, though The Rival's suit lacked the full-face mask, which makes him look more like Sauron than a speedster. The side vents along the jaw are also missing from The Rival's costume, which gave him an especially demonic look.

It's interesting to see how concept art translates into the final costume, and how those design choices are informed by the personality of the show and the characters. We've shown before how weird and different The Flash and Cyborg's costumes could have looked for Justice League, and how using full face masks can make a hero (or a villain) more intimidating and less human-looking. Overall, the heroes and villains in the CW's The Flash opt to show more of their faces, hair, and eyes, unlike Batman or Spiderman.

Also: no capes.

Tune in Tuesday, October 11th at 8 PM ET on The CW to catch the next episode of The Flash.
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