CW To Spin Off Flash TV Series From Its Successful Arrow


DC Comics and parent company Warner don’t have many firm cinematic plans for their large pantheon of DC characters, expect for Superman and Batman, of course. However, they are more willing to use their other characters on television. Currently, the successful Arrow is filming its second season, featuring the adventures of the Green Arrow. The second year will introduce other costumed crime fighters including the Black Canary and Speedy. One of the more interesting guest stars planned for year two will be Barry “the Flash” Allen.


Arrow co-creator Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns say that we will meet Barry Allen in a three-part story, which will air toward the end of Arrow’s sophomore year. The idea of adding a super-powered character into the non-super world of Arrow (modeled after Christopher Nolan’s decidedly un-super Bat universe) may seem like a strange and even risky ‘oil & water’ concept, but the powers-that-be at the CW think it is doable.


Kreisberg says that when Barry Allen is introduced, he’ll be just an ordinary guy, working as a forensic scientist for the Starling City Police Department. “That’s how the audience will be introduced to Barry and get to know him, before his life gets a little bit faster.” When he finally has his ‘accident’, Arrow will see its first super-being but he won’t be in costume. The idea is to set up a Flash TV series for the 2014-15 TV season. All three episodes will be written by Kreisberg, Johns and Arrow co-creator Greg Berlanti.


Kreisberg says, “The important thing is that our characters, who people have really come to know and like, will react to the extraordinary changes to their world, hopefully in a very realistic way. These ‘powers’ won’t be treated as commonplace, on the show. They will be extraordinary events and the world, and our characters in it, will react accordingly.” The character has not been cast yet.


Season 2 of Arrow debuts on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.