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Why the '90s Flash TV show was awesome (in 5 Flash facts)

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Dec 7, 2018

On December 9, the Arrowverse will begin its annual crossover event. Entitled "Elseworlds," this year will give fans its first glimpse of Gotham City and the debut of Batwoman (Ruby Rose). If that weren't enough, they will also experience a blast from the past in the form of John Wesley Shipp wearing his 1990 Flash costume. While we are yet uncertain if this is the same Barry Allen from years ago or Jay Garrick in an alternate costume, we are excited. The 1990 Flash series, even though short-lived, was amazing, and here are five "Flash Facts" as to why.

THE COSTUME

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In 2018, accurate comic costumes are somewhat the norm. Other than the modern tweak here or there, everyone looks like a panel come to life. Back in 1990, not so much. Even the iconic 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie was all black body armor. Initially, CBS didn't want Barry Allen to HAVE a costume, just a grey sweat suit. Cooler heads prevailed, and we received the Scarlet Speedster in all his redness. Sure, it would be better if he had the yellow boots, but since we got a great mask and that iconic symbol, I am willing to make a concession.

MARK HAMILL AS THE TRICKSTER

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Two years before Mark Hamill made his legendary mark on the DC Universe as the Joker on Batman: TAS, he gave the Flash a run for his money as one of his classic rogues, The Trickster. Making him even more iconic on this series was the fact that he was the only villain on the show who wore a costume. His performance was brilliant, as acted as a precursor to what he would do with the Clown Prince of Crime a few short years later.

THE THEME

Hot off the heels of scoring 1989's Batman, Danny Elfman continued the superhero trend by composing the theme for the Flash. Just like the Batman theme was dark and methodical, the Flash's theme was fast and booming. If Michael Keaton and John Wesley Shipp had ever teamed up in a movie, both scores would mesh perfectly with one another.

POLLUX

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While not precisely the Reverse-Flash we saw in the current series, Pollux was still a great villain in his own right. Cloned from The Flash's DNA, Pollux was the "Bizarro-Flash," even donning a purple costume. Named after one-half of the Gemini twins from mythology, Pollux could not control his powers and had to be stopped by the Flash. Eventually, Pollux learned what it meant to be a hero and gave his life to save Flash from a gunman's bullet. John Wesley Shipp gave his most exceptional performance in the series, as both the tragic Pollux and the empathetic Flash trying to reason with him.

LEGACY

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While the 1990 series only lasted 22 episodes, its heritage remained. The current series proves that. Shipp has portrayed both Barry's father Henry Allen and the original golden age Flash Jay Garrick. Amanda Pays has returned to play Doctor Tina McGee albeit a different version. Even Star Wars couldn't stop Mark Hamill from coming back and returning as the Trickster. They also brought back Corrine Bohrer as his sidekick, Prank.

"Elseworlds" looks to be an insane ride throughout the DC Universe. For those that were around to watch the original series, you'll get a bit of nostalgia. For those that weren't, you'll get to see the original Barry Allen (maybe) in action, costume and all. Take it from us. You won't be disappointed.

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