The Flash Will Be Introduced In 3 ‘Arrow’ Episodes, Will Start Off As “Ordinary Man”

Ray Richmond contributes to Deadline’s TCA coverage.

UPDATED: The Flash will appear in three episodes of the CW‘s Arrow this coming season before headlining his own spinoff series. The information was shared this afternoon by the three writers – Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns — behind the Flash project. an origin story of Flash’s Barry Allen identity. The episodes, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20, will be penned by the trio, with David Nutter, who helmed the Arrow pilot, committed to directing Episode 20. Kriesberg also confirmed during the conference call today that the actor who portrays Barry Allen will play him as “an ordinary man” when viewers meet him in Episode 8. “The character will be as grounded and realistic as possible,” he said. “That’s how we’ll get to know him. Then his life will get a bit faster.” He added that the surrounding characters in Arrow will react to Allen “in a very realistic way,” noting that they “won’t be treated as commonplace on the show but as extraordinary events.” Kreisberg added: “It will be fun for the audience to see how we do our take on The Flash’s powers. Some will feel very familiar to those who know the comics, and other stuff will feel different yet fresh and exciting.” Berlanti noted, “That said, he does need powers to become The Flash. And he will be The Flash. He will wear a red costume, and he will go by that name.”

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In replying to a question of why embark on a series about The Flash rather than any of the other Justice League superhero characters, Kreisberg cited the fact he was Berlanti’s favorite character growing up. “There’s something very relatable about Barry. He got his powers by accident, they just sort of came to him…He also isn’t a dark and tortured soul.” Added Berlanti at TCA earlier in the day, “We think it fits well both in terms of (Arrow) and (as a stand-alone series).” He added that there’s a wide belief that Flash fits better as a television spinoff than would other characters in the DC Comics universe.

The next step is to “write a great script and find an amazing actor to play the part,” Kreisberg said. Casting on the role will begin this week, with casting director David Rapaport, who cast Arrow, also working on The Flash. Kreisberg also stressed that great pains will be taken to have the effects and overall tone of the forthcoming series comprise something “fresh and new and exciting, and give people a real cinematic experience in TV the same way they’ve gotten it from Arrow.”

Comments (31)

  • How exciting! Can Plastic Man be far behind?
    Seriously, though, how on earth can anyone sit through an episode of ARROW? Some of the most excruciating acting and writing I’ve ever seen…

    Comment by Turning off CW in a Flash — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 12:48pm PDT  
    • Ratings disagree with you buddy

      Comment by TH — Sunday August 11, 2013 @ 2:26pm PDT  
  • DC still trusts him with their canon after what he did to Green Lantern?

    Comment by Michael — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 12:51pm PDT  
    • Yes, they do. Arrow’s success and quality is proof of that. And the problem on Green Lantern had more to do with studio interference then the writer.

      Comment by steve — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:24pm PDT  
      • Quality?

        Comment by c — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 7:12pm PDT  
    • Try reading his original draft that’s floating around the net, you might be surprised. Very little of it remains in the trainwreck that was the actual movie.

      Comment by Megan — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:36pm PDT  
      • Megan- Do you by any chance have a link to the original draft? I’m interested, but my search came up fruitless. Id’ really appreciate it!

        Comment by Arkhamides — Tuesday August 6, 2013 @ 1:26pm PDT  
  • Well, they swore up and down that Arrow would not have any super powered characters, which I always thought was a bad choice. Are they going back on that proclamation, or is this Flash going to be a crime fighter who’s really into CrossFit?

    Comment by Chicago Ethan — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:08pm PDT  
    • Huh? Arrow is one show and Flash will be another

      Comment by American — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 4:10pm PDT  
      • But it’s a spinoff from Arrow and starts with 3 episodes of Arrow. Did you bother to read the article?

        Comment by lethargic — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 6:57pm PDT  
        • I’m not sure the word spin-off is right. The Flash isn’t a character that has been around for a couple of seasons that has been given his own show (a la Angel) They’re intentionally giving him a soft launch in Arrow before giving him his own show. 3 episodes does not a spin-off warrant. It’s a soft launch using an existing platform.

          Comment by Jon — Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 3:26am PDT  
        • I am pretty sure they said Barry Allen will be in the show. He will not have his Flash powers yet.

          Comment by Krazijoe — Wednesday July 31, 2013 @ 9:38am PDT  
  • I don’t care about Arrow of The Flash, bring Golden Boy back!

    Comment by Nona — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 1:41pm PDT  
  • It’s tough to believe the CW can be anything but shit when they continue to develop properties like these.

    Lookin’ forward to the Fartman episode.

    Comment by MJL Loves Luongo Longtime — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 5:39pm PDT  
  • marvel is making movies while DC is making tv shows. what a joke

    Comment by jonathan — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 6:34pm PDT  
    • Hey shut up. It’s not a joke, DC is making huge amounts of money from this and I enjoy Arrow more than I enjoyed Thor. They’re two completely different publishers and cannot be compared.

      Comment by James S. — Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 11:10pm PST  
  • I’ve never understood why WB has never taken full advantage of having all these huge DC properties and TV a network dying for anything that can get ratings. At this point I’m shocked that the CW isn’t the DC Comics network.

    And I don’t understand why they feel the need to keep the TV and movie universes separate. Why not connect the two? Instead of only building to the JLA movie with other movies, why not use the TV shows as well? Let this Flash be the Flash for the JLA movie. Bring Arrow into the JLA. Have characters from the movies guest star once or twice a year during sweeps. Could you imagine what a ratings boom it would be to have Henry Cavill’s Superman or the new Batman pop up in Arrow for an episode? WB has everything in their power to do something amazing with these properties all they need is the right guy with the right plan to bring this all together.

    Comment by lethargic — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 7:04pm PDT  
    • That’s a lot easier to do in theory than in practice. Could Henry Cavill carve out a day or so to make an appearance on an episode of Arrow (or Flash)? Certainly. Could Steven Amell manage to spend months shooting 22 episodes of a TV series, and also months shooting a JLA movie? Not likely (either scheduling wise, or just plain desire wise by the actor). Do Marvel’s live action TV and Movies connect? Yes, but their major Superheroes aren’t doing 22 episode season on that TV show. It just realistically work.

      Comment by Anthony — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 10:44pm PDT  
  • Certainly seems like DC is throwing in the towel on a Justice League franchise if they are forcing Batman and Superman together in search of a billion dollar movie and assigning Wonder Woman and Flash to shlock CW fare.

    Comment by b — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 7:16pm PDT  
  • DC was succeeding on television before a decade before the Fantastic Four debuted, so of course the Marvel fanboys are going to whine about DC being on TV. 24 seasons of Superman alone, across four separate live action shows. Plus, live action shows for Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Swamp Thing, Human Target.

    What luck has Marvel had on TV? The Hulk and…that’s it. Unless you count The Hoff as Nick Fury. Or maybe that string of made for TV movies in the 70s with Cap and Dr Strange.

    Comment by Michael — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 7:19pm PDT  
    • Thank you for not being born yesterday.

      Comment by alteschuler — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 9:39pm PDT  
    • Well they had that goofy Spiderman show…

      Comment by James S. — Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 11:12pm PST  
  • The fact that Geoff Johns is ‘helping’ with writing duties is a great sign. He’s responsible for Green Lantern becoming a character with a huge following, which resulted in the movie being made. Unfortunately, the film was a serious disappointment, but hopefully they’ll give him a little more authority over the show this time around.

    Arrow has a certain quality about it which has managed to find a balance between placating fans of the comic book character, as well as CW viewers who are more familiar with a little ‘soap’ in their TV programming. I’m quite confident that Johns and Co. will build the character of Barry Allen/The Flash up in ‘Arrow’ in a way that will have people eager to see him in his own show come next-next fall.

    It should also be interesting to see how this affects the WB/DC ‘Justice League’ strategy. Are we going to see JL characters like The Flash and Wonder Woman introduced on TV, and then crossover to a JL movie after Man of Steel 2 (Batman/Superman) hits? Looks like they’re attempting to copy the Disney/Marvel template…with a TV synergy twist. Personally, if this is the way they go, I think it’s a lot less risky and could have the same result as multiple successful films would.

    Comment by neil — Tuesday July 30, 2013 @ 8:59pm PDT  
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