The question’s been asked: will The CW’s success with Arrow inspire other DC Comic’s heroes to join the network’s line-up, and apparently, there might be an answer later today at the annual Television Critics Association gathering in Los Angeles.
Deadline has learned that later today at The CW panel, the network will announce that their are actively developing a new series based on The Flash by the Arrow team of co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter. The series will be developed by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Comics writer and co-publisher Geoff Johns with the intention of introducing The Flash in an upcoming episode of Arrow before spinning him off into his own series next fall. The CW recently used this strategy in creating The Originals, the spin-off of The Vampire Diaries that premieres this fall.
Nothing’s official yet, although Deadline says adds that “expanding DC’s footprint on the CW has been a priority for the network and DC sibling Warner Bros. TV.” The previously in-development pilot script for Amazon, a series based on Wonder Woman, was quietly put on hold this past spring, so The CW seems to be banking on Flash now for more superhero success on TV, which could be a trend if Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes off on ABC as many people expect.
This won’t be the first time The Flash has come to TV screens as you might recall. John Wesley Shipp (Dawson’s dad) starred as the scarlet speedster in a short-lived 1990 series on CBS that has enjoyed some cult status in the years since it was cancelled.
More news as it develops.