Yesterday we learned that The CW was looking to to develop another DC comic TV series based on The Flash. Apparently the character will be introduced in the next season of Arrow before he gets his spinoff series.
Arrow writers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns will be writing the script for the pilot.
We've now got a few more updates on the series. According to Deadline, the character is set to show up in the 8th or 9th episode of Arrow season 2, and they are going to start looking for an actor to take on the role this week. Berlanti had this to say in a statement,
"Barry Allen’s story always has been a favorite of mine, as well as of Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns. We wanted everyone to know about the show as that process commenced. We think it fits well both in terms of Arrow and as a stand-alone series."Kreisberg added in a separate interview with THR:
"When we first meet Barry Allen, he's just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man. Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we're approaching Barry."He goes on to say that The Flash will be wearing his a version of his classic suit:
"No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash."As for the Wonder Woman series they were developing, Amazon, that's been put on hold. CW executive Mark Pedowitz explained,
“Amazon is on pause (as) the script is not exactly what we wanted, and with an iconic character like Wonder Woman, we have to get it right.”Hopefully they can take The Flash and turn it into an cool series that we can enjoy!
The success of ‘Man of Steel‘ not withstanding, Warner Bros. and DC Comics made their first major breakthrough push toward a shared cinematic franchise in past weeks by introducing a ‘Batman vs. Superman‘ movie, though the silver screen was far from the only target. Sources say that DC has begun fast tracking a ‘Flash’ TV series to be spun off of ‘Arrow,’ but what does it mean for DC’s overall cinematic plans?
The news comes from Deadline, who believes The CW will expound upon its plans during the TCA press tour panel later today. For now, the current plan will be for ‘Arrow’ producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns to write the ‘Flash’ pilot, David Nutter to direct, and Berlanti and Kreisberg expected to run the potential series, while Marc Guggenheim remains with ‘Arrow.’
If and when The CW opts to move forward with ‘Flash,’ the character might first appear on ‘Arrow’ later this season, before building off into his own TV series. ‘Arrow’ fans will naturally point out that the Green Arrow-centric TV series has particularly avoided featuring any characters with superpowers, though producers expressed an openness to the idea of potentially incorporating Wonder Woman, who had herself been optioned for the TV series pilot ‘Amazon‘ this past season.
It also remains to be seen if a ‘Flash’ TV series would help build toward the inevitable ‘Justice League‘ movie, or simply build interest in the character before a cinematic iteration finally gets off the ground, as has been in the works for years. The character himself has a much stronger TV history, including a live-action 1990 TV series with John Wesley Shipp, and a more recent live-action adaptation from The CW’s own Superman origin tale, ‘Smallville.’
We’ll bring you more on the potential ‘Flash’ TV series as it develops, but what say you? Are you interested to see another ‘Justice League’ character brought to life, even if the ultimate movie goes a different way? Is ‘Arrow’ a good starting point for the character?