Barry Allen fans rejoice! For the second time, fan-favorite DC Comics superhero The Flash is coming to live-action television--'Arrow' has cast Grant Gustin as the scarlet speedster!
Gustin is known for being an antagonist on 'Glee' and now he will be a superpowered hero, alongside Oliver Queen. Talk about moving up in the world! It was announced back at the Television Critics Association Conference that The Flash would be introduced in an episode of 'Arrow' with the long-term goal of spinning 'Flash' into its own ongoing television series on The CW. Well the first stage of that plan is complete; now CW has to hope that fans take to the character well enough to justify another superhero series for the network.
The CW is very interested in expanding the cast of DC Universe characters on their network, with news that the Golden Age version of The Black Canary will be appearing on 'Arrow' in the second season (joining the popular heroine The Huntress who has recurred already). With 'Flash,' however, CW is expanding into an all-new ongoing show which will be able to build up the 'Arrow' universe as a collective one. Not only is Oliver Queen's world expanding, but it would seem that honest-to-goodness superpowers are coming to Starling City. Up to this point, 'Arrow' hasn't featured any supernatural elements on the show.
In the comic books, The Flash began as scientist Barry Allen, a man with a reputation for doing things slowly and meticulously before developing the power of super speed. In 'Arrow,' Barry Allen (Gustin) is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.
Andrew Kreisberg (co-creator of 'Arrow') said last month that the actor who portrays Barry Allen will play him as “an ordinary man” when viewers meet him. “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.”
Do you think incorporating super-powers into the world of 'Arrow' will work? Or is this a misstep on behalf of The CW?