While I really like The CW’s Flash series, and spend a lot of time going into detail about the things you might have missed, there was one big thing almost no one noticed about the Flash’s costume – it’s covered in lightning bolts.
While most of us think Flash’s costume is made of a dark leather, there are a lot of fabric pieces built into the costume to allow actor Grant Gustin to move around. In an interview with Variety, costume designer Colleen Atwood also revealed a really tiny detail that most of us missed because it was so hard to see on screen.
I love that the print on [The Flash] suit is actually little bolts of lightning but really it just looks like a texture. I had fun with that, and I changed up the medallion a little bit in the center logo [since] I love graphic art. I’ve always got to play around with those things but it’s quite dangerous, because it’s such an iconic thing you have to be careful not to do too much. So with Flash it was good fun, and the headgear is always tricky and a great challenge to pull off, to make a guy look cool with a bathing cap on.
If you squint really hard, you can kind of see it in high-resolution publicity shots, but otherwise, the nature of the lighting, fast action, and composition make those little details hard to see.
On the plus side, Gustin was able to get out of the costume quickly between takes so he wouldn’t overheat in the nearly all leather costume.
I made it so you could unzip it really quickly, and so he could just open it in between when he had more than a two minute break, which kept it from being a hotbox.
At this point, you are supposed to say, “Huh… I did not know that.” followed “The More You Know….”