Those who have followed Arrow closely probably are aware that Stephen Amell, the man who ended up as the hooded vigilante, was actually the first actor to read for the part, and it turned out to be a wonderful choice. With the mixed reception that the casting of Glee‘s Grant Gustin as The Flash is getting, one has to wonder “how far into the casting process did they decide on their Barry Allen?”
As Andrew Kreisberg, Arrow‘s producer, tells it
Grant — just like Stephen [Amell], ironically — was the first person that we saw say the lines. We met with a lot of other really talented people … And it was funny, as each one of us were working on individual scenes and whatnot, we all sort of came together and said, ‘We’re all writing Grant.’ It was just him, just in the same way it was just Stephen.
As one of those who weren’t quite sold on this choice, it gives me a bit of hope that they had the same feeling that they had with Amell. The guy is absolutely killing it as Oliver Queen, and I think that earns the producers a bit of trust.
Kreisberg also offered a bit more on how Gustin’s character will come into play, and even gave some background on how he’ll interact with other characters.
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Barry has a very easy relationship with Felicity — because Barry is a forensic scientist and he’s young and he’s a little bit socially awkward like she is. There’s a lot of fun with that. In a way, it’s been sort of fun getting the voice.
Uh oh… Look out, “Olicity” supporters; The Flash might be looking to crush those dreams from ever coming true. I’m sensing that there’ll be some sort of awkward love triangle between the two heroes and Starling City’s favorite hacker.