After a one week hiatus, Arrow returns tomorrow night to the CW. Along with the return of Starling City’s vigilante/hero, The Arrow (Stephen Amell), fans will be treated to the first appearance of Grant Gustin as the police officer turned superhero, Barry Allen a.k.a. The Flash.
Initially, Allen was to get the backdoor treatment (*snicker*) and have his pilot episode shoehorned into an episode of Arrow, but now the speedster’s getting his own, official pilot. He’ll still appear first on Arrow in tomorrow night’s episode, “The Scientist.” In the buildup to The Flash’s small screen debut, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, writer/DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, and Gustin spoke with TV Line about the Arrowverse’s Barry Allen.
Here’s are some highlights,
“Barry comes to Starling City because there is an unexplained robbery at Queen Consolidated, and Barry is very interested in the unexplained, for reasons we find out over the course of these two episodes,” Kreisberg teased. “He’s the opposite of Oliver in a lot of ways — outgoing and funny, a little bit unsure of himself and smart.” The physical contrast, too, between the square-jawed vigilante and Gustin’s lanky, youthful alter ego is “both comical and fun.”
“We’d always seen [Barry] as being a little bit younger,” allowing for a few playful jabs at the scientist’s expense to address the elephant in the room, said Kreisberg. Not being super-confident and strong, Barry “needs the bolt of lightning to be a hero in a way [Oliver] doesn’t need the bolt of lightning.” Added Johns: “[Oliver] needs the heart, Barry has the heart. [Oliver] has the body, Barry needs the body.”
“We’re using a lot of mythology and characters from the comics in the development of The Flash,” said Johns. For one, the tortured backstory for the character in the comics will play a big role in the pilot. “To use how he reimagined the character’s origin and to have it be so emotional and to now actually be able to render that in pilot form has been terrific,” Berlanti raved.
Barry’s going to make an interesting addition to the Arrowverse, and I’m still very interested to see how they bring his super-speed to the screen. It’s still unclear whether or not we’ll see Gustin suit up in Arrow or if they’ll hold that for The Flash pilot, but I can only imagine he won’t be as bright red as in the comics.
There’s also another face coming back to Arrow. Berlanti and Kreisbeg confirmed to TV Guide Alex Kingston will return at Laurel and Sarah’s mother, Dinah Lance. She’s sure in for a shock, too, when she learns her daughter, Sarah, is indeed alive. I wonder what she’ll think of her daughter’s stint as the vigilante, Canary? That is, assuming, Quentin Lance fills her in on Sarah’s secret.
Arrow airs Wednesday nights at 8pm on the CW. After this week’s episode, next week’s “Three Ghosts” will be the mid-season finale. Catch up with our recap/reviews!