Flash Fact: Suits developed by Russians for deep sea exploration make for great speedster uniforms... for some reason. This and the many uses of fast-forwarding footage are discussed as Russell and Todd revisit the 1990 pilot episode of The Flash! John Wesley Shipp stars as Barry Allen, aka The Flash, in this short-lived series that, for better or worse, was some of the best (see only) superhero television at the time. Does this have more in common with The Flash or Tim Burton's Batman from a year earlier? Well... they both have Danny Elfman music!