UPDATE x3: Flash Returning to TV via CW’s Arrow

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UPDATE: The Hollywood Reporter confirms a Flash series is in development, with plans to introduce Barry Allen as a recurring character on Arrow this season. (via Newsarama)

“We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash,” [CW president Mark] Pedowitz told reporters. “We’re planning an origin story and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there.”

The Flash origin episode in Arrow, written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns as stated below, will be treated as a back-door pilot for a potential Flash series.

In a way, this is better than a purely Flash pilot: As an episode of Arrow, we’ll get to see it even if The Flash isn’t picked up as a series.

As for that Flash movie, Pedowitz didn’t mention any dates, but he did say there is “no conflict” between the movie studio and TV studio’s plans. THR states that “Berlanti will direct and pen the screenplay alongside Chris Brancato, Michael Green, Johns and Guggenheim.” Newsarama speculates that the “no conflict” remark and the creative team overlap might imply a connection between the TV world of Arrow and The Flash and DC’s slowly-developing movie universe.

UPDATE 2: IGN has a little background on how Flash ended up on Arrow.

Also, the op/ed pieces are starting to flow. Newsarama suggests that Flash should bridge the TV and movie universes, linking Arrow to Man of Steel, Superman/Batman and Justice League. The Mary Sue discusses the missed opportunity of Amazon, which has been put on hold at the same time. Forbes looks at the TV/movie decision (as well as the Flash/Wonder Woman decision) from a business and branding perspective.

UPDATE 3: More information has surfaced in a second Hollywood Reporter article. Barry Allen will appear in episodes 8, 9 and 20 of Arrow season 2, each of which will be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, and directed by David Nutter. Episode 20 will be the backdoor pilot for The Flash.

“When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man,” Kreisberg said, stressing the character, like Amell’s vigilante, will be grounded in reality and as realistic as possible. The first two episodes will see the character in Oliver’s home of Starling City, with the 20th providing a window to see Barry in the Flash’s world.

They note that adding superpowers to the mix changes the situation for Arrow, saying that “There will be extraordinary events in the world…” They’ll also be highlighting the contrast between the upbeat Barry Allen and the more serious Oliver Queen.

And finally:

Johns reiterated that the Justice League member will be seen as the Flash — complete with his trademark red costume and not a poor imitation. Added Kreisberg: “No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash.”

Casting has begun for the role.

Original Story:

Surprise! According to Deadline, CW will discuss plans for a Flash TV series today, possibly spinning off from a guest spot on Arrow. (via CBR.)

The pilot will reportedly be written by Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg (Arrow), and Geoff Johns, who I imagine needs no introduction to readers of this site.

Now, keep in mind this is still rumor — just last week, The Hollywood Reporter stated that DC was going to announce a Flash and Justice League movie at Comic-Con to follow Batman/Superman, but that announcement never happened.

It’s possible, though, that THR had their wires crossed, or that DC Entertainment’s plans were in flux, and the reason that the Flash movie wasn’t announced is that it was really a Flash TV show.

Of course, even if it is true, lots of pilots don’t get picked up as series.

Depending on how you count Smallville’s Bart Allen (he was originally billed as The Flash, but when he actually took a code name it was Impulse) or Jay Garrick’s helmet, it’s been 23 years since the Flash appeared in an official live-action production, the 1990 Flash TV series starring John Wesley Shipp.

More on this story as it develops.


28 thoughts on “UPDATE x3: Flash Returning to TV via CW’s Arrow

  1. FlashFan

    The Flash deserves better. He needs an animated series and a live action movie. Not some shitty CW show.

    1. Wally East

      Whoa, hold up a minute. You have no idea about the quality of the show. “Arrow” has been a surprisingly good show and there’s no reason to think “The Flash” from the same people won’t be just as good.

  2. The Baconator

    So the actor we get with this show will most likely be the dude for The Flash and Justice League movie….Intresting

  3. Lia

    …..interesting. I don’t watch much TV anymore, but I’ll watch this if it comes to fruition.

    Still hope there’ll be a movie!

  4. Scott

    Yeah Arrow is pretty solid I enjoy it, and CW does supernatural so they dont put out just garbage by any means (I mean some garbage lets be honest but not all). I doubt the actor who plays Flash in the tv series will be the one for the movie but this show or even a returning role in Arrow could help work out some cinks before live action movie. I am really freaking excited (but I get easily excited at these things). I may or may not of ran around in circles with uncontrolable excitment (i didnt but thats cause i was at work at home i def would of atleast jumped in glee). I hope ATLEAST Flash shows up consistently in Arrow.

    1. Wally East

      Have you watched Arrow? It’s a solid, fun show. I trust the people doing that show to create a solid, fun show about The Flash.

  5. Javi

    This is a pretty interesting little development. After being initially weary of Arrow, it’s now my favorite show on tv. I was enjoying the more grounded take on the character, so I’m curious to see how this all shakes out. They may play with the cannon a bit on that show, but comics are now modern legends, and legends get retold with their own unique spins. I’m looking forward to this!

  6. TheFlash1990

    I’m just happy to see them finally doing something with The Flash. I welcome a Flash ANYTHING at this point, and I am more than thrilled that they’re going with Barry Allen!! 😀


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