Barry Allen is getting a makeover when The Flash returns for Season 5! Grant Gustin has shared the first photo of Barry's new super-suit, and while the differences aren't that drastic -- or maybe even all that obvious? -- there is one very noticeable change: Dude, where's your chinstrap?
The cowl in the new Flash suit seems to come sans-chin piece, which will probably make the whole thing much more comfortable for the actor, but we'll still miss that little guy. The updated suit also appears to have some other improvements going on, namely, it's using less leather and more breathable fabric.Grant Gustin, The Flash" data-image-credit="Katie Yu/The CW" data-image-alt-text="cwflashs5firstlookaltv2.jpg" data-image-credit-url="" data-image-target-url="" data-image-title="Grant Gustin, The Flash" data-image-filename="cwflashs5firstlookaltv2.jpg" data-image-date-created="2018/08/10" data-image-crop="" data-image-crop-gravity="" data-image-aspect-ratio="" data-image-height="1200" data-image-width="810" data-image-do-not-crop="" data-image-do-not-resize="" data-image-watermark="" data-lightbox="">
While these are all good things (we think?), the new suit has already created drama within the Flash fandom; earlier this week a poorly shot photo of Gustin in the new suit leaked, and the resulting backlash against it prompted Gustin to take to Instagram to post about the body-shaming he received in the aftermath.
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"So here's the thing about this bulls-- photo leak," Gustin wrote in an Instagram post. "It's a cool suit. That's a terrible photo that I was unaware was being taken, much less being posted. Some things need work and they will be worked on. We'll get there. As far as the body shaming. That's what pisses me off. Not even just for my sake. I've had 20+ years of kids and adults telling me or my parents I was too thin. I've had my own journey of accepting it."
"There's a double standard where it's ok to talk s-- about a dudes body," he continued. "I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can through out these seasons. I'm naturally thin, and my appetite is greatly affected by stress. Stress is something that ebbs and flows for me throughout a season. Thus, gaining weight is a challenge for me... I love the suit that has been designed for me, and I think when everyone sees it in its entirety, you will love it too."
As promised, now that we've seen it in its entirety, we're totally on board with this new look. You do you, Grant!
The Flash returns for Season 5 on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.
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