The Flash is coming to Arrow this year with the possibility of the character being spun off into a separate series.
CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed the news today at the networks executive panel during the Television Critics Association press tour in Los Angeles. “We plan to introduce a recurring character and the origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as the Flash,” he said. “We do want to expand upon the DC Universe. We think that there are rich characters we can use, and we felt like this was a very organic way to get there.”
The character is set to appear in episodes 8, 9 and 20, the latter of which will be directed by David Nutter, who directed the Arrow and Smallville pilots as well as Game of Thrones‘ Red Wedding earlier this year. “I think [episodes] 8 and 9 will take place in Starling City, which Barry has come to, and episode 20 will be a bigger introduction to Barry’s world,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told a conference call of reporters late Tuesday. Episode 20 will be when viewers “start to see Barry’s world forming in earnest,” he said, teasing the possible introduction of more characters from the Flash world.
All three episodes will be written by executive producer Greg Berlanti, Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Entertainment.
“Despite the fact that he’s got superpowers, I think there’s something really relatable about Barry — of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out,” Kreisberg said of why they chose the Flash as the focus of the possible spin-off. “These powers came to him and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded….Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul and Barry is not. I think it will be fun to see these two characters together because they have distinctly different world views.”
The casting process officially began today following the announcement of the project, Kreisberg said. Earlier, Pedowitz declined to give any names of actors they’d seek out, but said they were not necessarily looking for a well-known star to fill the iconic role. “I’m from the old school — TV creates stars. If we get a name, great. If we don’t get a name, they’ll become a name,” he said.
Ultimately, he said, the focus remains on making a proper introduction and less on a possible future series. “If you don’t feel the chemistry, it doesn’t happen,” Pedowitz said.