Earlier today a costume test photo of the newest costume that Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen will sport in the upcoming fifth season of The CW’s “The Flash” leaked online. We can’t post it here but it’s only a quick search away on Twitter.
It’s a quite different look, one more akin to the comics with a lot less leather and more spandex making it more form-fitting. As a result though, there has been a surprisingly large social media backlash against it with people slamming not just the costume for being unflattering but him for being too skinny for the role despite having played it for four years now.
Gustin has now taken to Instagram to address the leaked photo, saying the version of the suit in the photo is not what will ultimately be on screen and fans should not have resorted to body shaming him:
“It’s a cool suit. There’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 that I was too thin. But there’s a double standard where it’s OK to talk s–t about a dude’s body. I do my best to stay in shape and add as much size as I can throughout 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 didn’t cast a slim actor as The Flash. I went to an audition for a role I never dreamed I’d actually book. But, here I am five seasons later. I’m happy with my body and who I am and other kids who are built like me and thinner than me should be able to feel the same way. Not only that, but they should be able to feel like THEY could be a superhero on TV or film or whatever it may be some day.
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. Things have been adjusted since that leaked shot was taken, and more things will continue to be adjusted until it feels right”
The story comes as body shaming is in the news at the moment with the upcoming Netflix series “Insatiable” which has been utterly trashed by the critics for its offensive and dated cliches doing everything from fat-shaming jokes and stereotyping to female characters all being adversarial, jokes about statutory rape and molestation, and the message its sending out to vulnerable teens which is the target demographic.
The fifth season of “The Flash” will debut on Tuesday, October 9th on The CW.