CW had planned to introduce the Flash in three episodes of their popular superhero series Arrow. The basics are still there, but now the Flash series will get a traditional pilot instead of what is best called a “Back Door” pilot in the Arrow series.
Grant Gustin will still appear in two episodes of Arrow as Barry Allen, but then fully suit up in his own series with a traditional pilot. The word around the Hollywood water cooler is that the CW brass really liked what Gustin had shown in the two Arrow episodes, 8 and 9, and thought the character deserved a full-on pilot.
The talk around the internet is that the Flash series will make a mid-season premiere with Arrow creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg at the helm. They’ve got some solid comic book talent with Geoff Johns writing the pilot’s script and David Nutter, Arrow’s Pilot director, is set to direct the new series pilot.
The Barry Allen character makes his first appearance in episode eight of Arrow: The Scientist. Here’s the episode synopsis:
A seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated’s Applied Sciences Division brings Central City police scientist Barry Allen (guest star Grant Gustin) to town. Citing a similar case back home, Barry offers to help Oliver and team with the investigation. Oliver senses there is more to Barry than meets the eye, but he’s distracted by the similarities between this current case and something that happened on the island. Meanwhile, Felicity takes a liking to Barry, which doesn’t go unnoticed by Oliver. Sin (guest star Bex Taylor-Klaus) asks Roy for help when a friend of hers goes missing. Roy is surprised when Thea not only encourages him to help, but joins the search. Unfortunately, Sin’s friend is connected to Brother Blood (guest star Kevin Alejandro), and their search ultimately gets one of them seriously injured.
What do you think? Can the Flash make it on the small screen?
It’s been done once before, but that series never reached a steady audience. The technical advances will be one of the defining factors in the series, we’ve got to believe that a man can run that fast, and one can only hope that the series will retain some of the light-hardheartedness of the character’s rouge gallery. A lot of his villains are pretty damn silly on the surface.