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Transit on TV: ‘The Flash’, a Millennium Line SkyTrain cameo in DC Comics television series’ trailer

 

Astute Vancouverites  know Vancouver is often referred to as “Hollywood North.” Our film industry is the third largest in North America behind only Los Angeles and New York.

Naturally, you’ll find TransLink’s services making cameo appearances in movies, television shows, and commercials!

Take a peek at our TransLink in TV & Film and you’ll learn the Canada Line was on The Amazing Race Canada, the West Coast Express was in Fringe, Waterfront Station was in Smallville, West Coast Express platform at Waterfront Station was used to film a Jessica Biel fight scene in Blade Trinity, one of our articulated buses was in the television series Defying Gravity, SkyTrain was in a Vodafone commercial, and much more.

Now, SkyTrain is a star in The CW and CTV’s The Flash television series!

In The Flash‘s heroic trailer (at the 0:25 mark), you can spot the Millennium Line SkyTrain as Flash runs along the fence.

Bill Knight, our resident transit guru, tells us he thinks the scene was filmed in the lot of Vancouver Film Studios’ Soundstage “B” by Boundary Road, adjacent to the Central Valley Greenway, where the Millennium Line guideway elevates to cross over the Trans-Canada Highway.

Will we see Flash riding the busSkyTrain, SeaBus, or West Coast Express any time soon? You never know.

Each year, we receive about 75 to 100 requests to film on our system each year. We try to provide access the best we can, but we can’t accommodate all of them. Filming has to fit within our time restrictions and take place outside of service hours so  our customers are not affected.

With major upgrades underway on the Expo Line, many requests for filming on the SkyTrain system have been unable to go ahead.

Have you spotted us on a television show or film that we haven’t blogged about? Let us know in the comments, tweet us @TheBuzzer, or thebuzzer@translink.ca!

Author: Allen Tung


7 Comments

  • By Peter (the Comic Nerd), November 25, 2014 @ 10:46 pm

    Lots of Vancouver scenery can be seen in this show, including B.C. Place serving as “Star Labs” on the show, which was the site of the accident that gave the Flash his super powers. There are also shots of downtown Vancouver landmarks, including the Marine Building. Overall, this is an impressive production and an entertaining tv show.

  • By Allen Tung, November 26, 2014 @ 8:54 am

    @Peter (the Comic Nerd): I’ve started watching the show too and it is very exciting being able to spot Vancouver scenery and landmarks. In the first episode, you can spot one of our Nova Buses and the SkyTrain again between Main Street-Science World and Stadium-Chinatown stations.

    @E: Oooh, that’s neat! Do you know which season and episode this happens in?

  • By E, November 26, 2014 @ 8:27 am

    The Sea Bus had made a cameo appearance on Once Upon A Time TV Series. Also, buses are often seen in the background while they film in Steveston and Langley.

  • By Sheba, November 26, 2014 @ 10:29 am

    It’s been a long time now, so I can’t remember how often transit showed up in the background on the X-Files. It probably also showed up on Da Vinci’s Inquest, and that show actually took place here too.

  • By John, December 14, 2014 @ 9:11 am

    I seem to remember that one of the old Hulk movies had a scene in a Skytrain, complete with someone being thrown through a set of doors.

  • By ;-), December 15, 2014 @ 7:57 am

    You can find it here…

  • By Allen Tung, December 15, 2014 @ 11:28 am

    That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing ;-)!

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