Yesterday, we reported on the rumors that The CW was planning on introducing the superhero The Flash in an upcoming episode of Arrow, their program about the Green Arrow, as part of an effort to develop a Flash TV series. Well, the news has indeed been confirmed by The CW, who currently has Arrow writers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns crafting a pilot episode.
During an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (via Coming Soon), the pair revealed that Barry Allen (a.k.a., The Flash) will first appear in the eighth and ninth episodes of Arrow’s upcoming season, and the twentieth episode will serve as a backdoor pilot for The Flash’s TV series, which will feature something of a break from the “no super powers” rule that has governed the show up to this point. So says Kreisberg:
“When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man…Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we’re approaching Barry…There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way.”
Also of note: despite Arrow’s more real-world approach, you don’t have to worry about The Flash being made so gritty and real-world as to not wear a big dumb red suit with lightning bolts for ears—he’ll be getting the suit you’re used to: “No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash.”
What do you think of The Flash news?