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5 Shows like The Flash (2014): From Comics to the Small Screen

JoshAfter the huge success of ‘Arrow’ it wasn’t long before the speedster The Flash got his very own show. ‘The Flash’ follows the young years of crime scene investigator Barry Allen who after a being struck by lightning develops superpowers in the form of super speed. ‘The Flash’ is a lively adaption of the popular DC hero that has become a huge hit with audiences. Shows like ‘The Flash’ prove superheroes are here to stay on the small screen. ~ Josh Sammons

Shows Similar to ‘The Flash (2014)’

This article recommends an underrated title, a must-see title, an unknown title, an ‘if you like, you will like’ title and an unexpected title so you have different options when it comes to choosing your next movie to watch.

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UNDERRATED

‘The Flash’ (CBS, 1990 – 1991)

Starting off the list we have the hugely underrated 90s television series ‘The Flash’. The show, much like the 2014 version, follows Barry Allen who must deal with his new powers after being struck by lightning. Inspired by Tim Burton’s Batman, every episode of this show felt like a mini movie, as it delved into the darker side of the superhero. Unfortunately the show didn’t last very long, as it was cancelled after only one season due in part to stiff comepetion from the likes of ‘The Simpson’s and a ballooning budget. Full of memorable performances including John Wesley Shipp as The Flash and the scene stealing Mark Hamill as The Trickster, ‘The Flash’ is one underrated show worth checking out.

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THE SCARLET SPEEDSTER RACES ONTO SCREENS WITH THIS UNDERAPPRECIATED GEM.

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MUST-SEE

‘Batman: The Animated Series’ (FOX, 1992 – 1995)

‘Batman: The Animated Series’ is arguably the best adaption of The Dark Knight put to screen. With the unmatched voice talents of Kevin Conroy as Batman and Mark Hamill as The Joker, this animated show gripped audiences ever since. The popular DC comic’s character must battle a large string of villains ranging from The Joker to Mr. Freeze. Though it has been off air since 1995, ‘Batman: The Animated series’ is still hugely popular with comic fans.ow for one of the rudest, funniest adult cartoons to date. ‘South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut’ is the big screen debut for the foul mouthed characters as seen in the television show. The controversial movie depicts a divide between Canada and America after the introduction to the “Terrence and Phillip movie”. You know this film isn’t for kids when you hear it held the record for having the most profanity for any animated film.

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THE BATMAN COMES ALIVE IN THIS ANIMATED CLASSIC.

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UNKNOWN

‘Justice League of America’ (CBS, 1997)

Long before Zack Snyder’s attempt to bring the ‘Justice League’ to the big screen, TV movie ‘Justice League of America’ hit shocked comic fans in the face with its awfulness. In what was supposed to be the pilot of a television series, this show follows the Justice League (full of mostly unknown heroes) who must unite to beat an evil weather controlling villain. Often remembered for its cheesy plot and bad costumes, ‘Justice League of America’ is so bad it’s good, proving almost unmissable for comic fans.

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LONG FORGOTTEN 'JUSTICE LEAGUE' LIVE ACTION MOVIE.

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UNEXPECTED

‘The Mask: Animated Series’ (CBS, 1995 – 1997)

During an influx of great animated television shows, ‘The Mask: Animated Series’ came roaring onto screens for a short lived but manic adaption of the popular comic series. Coming after the success of the Jim Carrey led movie, this adaption follows the unlikely hero who must deal with the weird and whacky that wreack havoc upon Edge City, whilst he himself causes headaches for the police who don’t trust him.

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VERY WILD ANIMATED ADAPTION OF THE WHACKY MASK.

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If You Like ‘The Flash (2014)’, You Will Like

‘Arrow’ (The CW, 2012 – )

‘Arrow’ is partially responsible for the latest trend of comic book television shows. Set in the same universe as ‘The Flash’, this show delves into the troubled world of Billionnaire Oliver Queen. After disappearing for five years, the young bachelor returns from a mysterieous island with a new agender as the vigilante Green Arrow. Stephen Amell dons the green hood for a show that brings the character Green Arrow to life. The Arrow must face off against an array of villains looking to take over the city, along with his team, he must step up and become the hero it needs. ‘Arrow’ is full of great characters that keep it ticking along nicely, but is probably best love for its daring and unbelievable stunts.

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A DARK, STUNT-FILLED ADAPTION OF GREEN ARROW.

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Over to You

‘The Flash’ has proved hugely popular with audiences, fast becoming one of the most popular shows on television at the moment. What are your favourite comic book adaptions that have been adapted to the small screen?

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