Following yesterday’s announcement that a new TV series starring The Flash will spin out of The CW’s popular (Green) Arrow‘s upcoming second season, producer/writers Geoff Johns (no intro necessary) and Andrew Kreisberg spoke to numerous media outlets via conference call to discuss some of the details. While most of the major bits have appeared elsewhere, including Speed Force, Collider has a very detailed transcript of the call.
For more on why Flash was chosen, the timeline for his introduction and more, follow the jump!
On “Why Flash?”:
KREISBERG: I think there’s something relatable about Barry, of the big seven of The Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God. He isn’t an alien. He wasn’t seeking this out. It came to him. And his reactions to that feel very human and grounded. I know that’s a word we use a lot on Arrow, but that’s how it really feels. Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul, and Barry is not.
On the introduction to Flash being grounded in the Arrow universe, his powers and how it will all be handled:
KREISBERG: When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist working for the police department. He’s just an ordinary man, when we meet him. As we always do on Arrow, we try to keep things as grounded and realistic as possible. That’s how the audience will be introduced to Barry and get to know him, before his life gets a little bit faster.
Q: Barry won’t be entering Arrow with powers, but will he be leaving with powers?
KREISBERG: I think part of the fun for the audience is to see how we do our “Arrow” take on The Flash legacy. I think some of it will feel very familiar to fans of the comics, and some of it will feel hopefully different, but fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we’re approaching Barry.
JOHNS: We looked at it as Barry Allen. When he first appeared back in the ‘50s, he ushered in the Silver Age of DC superheroes. In the same way, he’s going to usher in some new and pretty insane concepts to the Arrow world, but in a very grounded way.
On the Oliver/Barry dynamic:
JOHNS: Barry is a cop. He follows the law. He follows the rules. He’s the last thing in the world you would ever think about as being a vigilante.
KREISBERG: What’s really nice is that they’re both going to learn from each other. When Barry comes into Oliver’s life, he’s going to have a profound impact on it. We always talk about the villains. We don’t do these things as gimmicks.
On the portrayal of super-speed, the influence of the Manapul/Buccellato Flash series and, finally, the costume:
JOHNS: It will be very different. It will not be blurring around. It will be very different…There’s also some wonderful visuals in The Flash comic book, currently, that we’re looking at because they’re really inspiring...Physically, it’s going to be different than Arrow. Barry Allen isn’t typically a very physical guy. That said, he’s got to be athletic. He’s going to be running around buildings and through walls, but he won’t have to do those crazy pull-ups.
Q: And just to clarify, at the end of the day, this character will go by the name The Flash and he will wear a red costume?
JOHNS: Yes, absolutely! There will be no sweatsuits or strange code names. He will be The Flash.
For more, including early answers on casting and production of the episodes that will feature Barry Allen, check out Collider!
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