‘Arrow’ To Feature Barry Allen In Season 2 Before Spinning Off Into ‘Flash’

by Brett White

Following yesterday’s early reports of a “Flash” series being fast tracked over at the CW, some of the people with all the answers—writers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns—staged a conference call following the big announcement during a Television Critics Association press event.

The writers revealed that Barry Allen will be at the center of the show, thus making Wally West fans all the world over sigh heavily, and that the character will appear in the eighth, ninth and twentieth episodes of “Arrow’s” second season.

“When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist… an ordinary man,” said Kreisberg, writer and executive producer of “Arrow.” They revealed that Allen will spend his first two episodes on Oliver Queen’s home turf of Starling City. The twentieth episode, though, takes the audience into Barry Allen’s world, which is appropriate since that episode will be a backdoor pilot for a possible “Flash” show. Every Barry Allen episode of “Arrow” season 2 will be written by Kreisberg, Geoff Johns, and Greg Berlanti.

The writers stressed during the call that even though the character is appearing on “Arrow”—a show with a strict no-powers rule—he will still be recognizable as the Flash.

“The fact he has superpowers, there’s something more relatable about Barry among the Big Seven of the Justice League,” said Kreisberg. “He got his powers by accident; he’s not a god, he’s not an alien… his reactions to that feel very… human and grounded.”

The series will also not pull any punches regarding the character’s look either, revealed Kreisberg. “No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash.” That sure makes it seem like we’ll be getting a version of the character’s iconic red suit, hopefully better executed than the previous one.

The Hollywood Reporter also states that so far the television show proposes no conflict with the planned feature film, tentatively scheduled for a 2016 release. It just makes tagging posts a little bit more difficult over here on Splash Page.

[via Hollywood Reporter]

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