Wednesday night the cast and crew of the hit DC Comics superhero show The Flash took over the entire B.C. Place Stadium building and grounds. Shooting started early in the day with several cast members inside the stadium. I never saw anyone but Jesse L. Martin go in or out, but another fan tweeted about seeing Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker & Wentworth Miller leaving.
In the early evening crews moved outside to an entranceway on the eastern side of the building. There they had a large crane and several cars parked on the ground, giving the illusion that the walkway was in fact a parking lot outside of S.T.A.R. Labs. The crane then hoisted a stunt man in full Reverse Flash attire up several stories, before he was dropped down into a pile of awaiting mats while attached to a safety harness. Then another stunt man followed, doing the same jump in a dark black outfit and beige vest. I never got any shots of that one, as I wasn't ready for the 2nd stunt mans fall.
After a couple of other scenes back on the ground, out of the way of any viewers because of the unique angle that the platform holds in comparison to any viewpoint other than the viaduct that goes past it, which the crew, with the permission of the Vancouver Police Department closed off from pedestrians (despite it literally having no safety concerns) while they shot the scenes.
After shooting those scenes, the crew moved to the front of B.C. Place to shoot in Terry Fox Plaza. The unique art work in the plaza of the famed 1 legged runner who ran to raise money for Cancer research gave the set designers an idea, they used the growing in size statues as places to put "S.T.A.R. Labs" signs.
As the evening started to pick up, the cast showed up in a few SUVs. first was 1 that caught me off guard, as Arrow star Stephen Amell arrived wearing some odd clothes. Grant Gustin and Robbie Amell then arrived, with Tom Cavanagh showing up slightly after them.
It didn't take me long to realize Stephen was dressed oddly because he was not dressed like Oliver Queen or "The Arrow" but as a member of the League Of Assassins. I'll even go as far as to say he was dressed like Ra's al Ghul.
This probably had something to do with why the crew, which does already have a lengthy history in their short existence of trying to flex their muscles over watchers & regulars alike even in situations that they clearly have no rights to, doing so often this night. No less than 5 times were the TWO people who were there for any length of time me, and a professional photographer were "asked" (more like "strongly insisted") to move from public spaces despite not being in the view of the cameras.
The scene itself did not reveal TOO much. It seemed to be a face off between Reverse Flash & Ras Arrow Ghul, Firestorm & The Flash. Perhaps the stunt scene I saw earlier is the end product of the battle? Hard to say without seeing more than a few seconds of the filming.
The Flash is on Tuesday nights on The CW in the U.S. and on CTV in Canada.
You can see my other Flash blog posts here. You can see my Flash autographs HERE.
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