'Arrow': Flash's Arrival Will Not Alter Starling City's Tone


by Brett White

When a superhero television show adopts a strict 'no superpowers' rule, the last person you expect to show up is a guy capable of running at the speed of light. But that rule was apparently meant to be broken, as the speedster known as the Flash will be guest-starring in three episodes of the street-level hero show "Arrow" before possibly getting his own television series.

But what about the rule? If there are no rules, will "Arrow" descend into capes and tights chaos? In a new interview with Comic Book Resources, executive producer Marc Guggenheim has assured the audience that order will be maintained in Starling City—and he made sure to speak in a metaphor all comic fans can understand.

"I think a lot of people are justified in asking 'What does this mean for Arrow in terms of its tone?' And my answer is that the trick that we have—and this is a challenge we've discussed a lot and have an awareness of how to face it head on—is the fact that 'Arrow' is like 'Iron Man' where 'The Flash' will be 'The Hulk.' And just as 'The Hulk' coming out did not change the tone of the Iron Man movies, 'The Flash' will not change the tone of 'Arrow.'"

This is all part of the growing DC Televised Universe, one that Guggenheim and fellow producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti did not see coming when they first began work on "Arrow."

"I don't think we planned it," said Guggenheim. "But at the same time, quite frankly, we didn't plan to expand the DC Universe so much in the first season of 'Arrow.' For example, Greg [Berlanti], Andrew [Kreisberg] and myself never said 'In the first season of this show, we're going to introduce the Huntress and Deathstroke.' We really didn't have that plan. We were hoping to one day get to those characters, but we never thought it'd happen as quickly as it did."

You can check out the rest of the interview over at Comic Book Resources, where you can learn just how long the Flash show has been in the works and which of "Arrow's" producers will be heading up the potential new series.

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