You know, they say that the clothes make the man. If that’s the case then The Flash’s star, Grant Gustin, has nothing to worry about. The Flash is The CW‘s top rated show, and sofar we’ve only seen the emblem on his chest changed over the seasons. But if Gustin had his druthers, he’d like to see his character get a super-suit upgrade. Recently, Gustin posted on twitter “I feel like Barry is passed [sic] due for a new suit.”
When a fan responded by asking him if the old one “smells that bad,” Gustin responded with a simple “yes.”
But that’s nothing new. Actors have been complaining about their hero togs for decades and that includes John Wesley Shipp. Shipp has retold horror stories about his Flash costume for years revealing to hordes of fans how the foam latex muscles in his suit would absorb his sweat and body odor and needed to be rung out on a regular basis.
Many fans have also hinted that they would like to see the scarlet speedster’s suit resemble his comic book counterpart more closely, especially in color. Stephen Amell on Arrow received an updrade in his costume and then a modification to that. When costume designer Maya Mani created the new costume for the Green Arrow, she upgraded the suit from cloth to a more durable and logical leather design without sleeves. This look was very close to the characters costume in the comic books, but unfortunately it wasn’t very practical. When shooting in Vancouver, production also has to account for the weather and that includes outdoor temperatures. Vancouver nights when Arrow is shooting can be quite chilly and a sleeveless costume wasn’t going to cut it. Both Amell and Mani decided that the hero needed to have sleeves, and the adjustment was made.
There’s plenty of time left in the remainder of the season for costume “adjustments” to made. Between Cisco and Mya Mani, I’m sure they could come up with a design that would please speedsters and fans alike.
Check out the alternate designs for The Flash’s costume that we found online and let us know what you think.
The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. New episodes return on January 24, 2017.
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