But, look. I read some of the Wally West Flash comics a bit when I was a kid, and I like The Flash as a concept. Truthfully, I am totally okay with any DC character who has had the name, from Jay to Bart. Because of my comics habits of the time when it was going, I missed Waid's run (which is not collected in hardbacks, which kills me a little), but I got back into Flash during Geoff Johns' run and never really looked back.
Since then I've read all of the Flash stuff collected in Showcase Presents (I think. I need to double-check), and these days, I'm a pretty solid fan of Barry Allen, especially those first few years when it really did feel like a different kind of book. Look, no kidding. Barry was so... nice, I guess, that the character gets a bad rap as being "boring", but I really don't find a whole lot of boring in those early Silver Age books. Mostly, they were a sort of conceptual exercise to begin with as The Flash was largely about villains and the really pretty awesome things the writers came up with to do with superspeed. And then... They did something a little different in that Barry kind of knew his villains. Maybe not best pals, but they were his, and he actually worked to rehabilitate a few of them (yes, Batman, I'm looking at you...).
I wasn't against Barry coming back to the DCU a few years ago, but I will admit to not keeping up with The Flash in the new 52.
Oh, and I actually watched The Flash (starring the terrific John Wesley Shipp) during it's run back when I was in high school. The Flash and Amanda Pays on a single show? Twist my arm.
What I considered, before setting the DVR, was: if Johns was working on the show - and he knows his Flash - how bad could it be?