A couple of weeks ago, 'Glee' actor Grant Gustin was officially cast as The Flash in upcoming episodes of 'Arrow.' Fans have been abuzz for several reasons: first, the fact that the popular scarlet-clad DC Comics speedster was coming to live-action television for the first time since the early 1990s. Fans also wondered what this would mean to the Starling City we've come to love on CW's hit action series; there haven't been actual super-powers featured on 'Arrow,' to date. Add this to the news that the three-episode story-arc featuring The Flash on 'Arrow' would act as a backdoor-pilot to a brand new series surrounding the character, and there were plenty of reasons for fans to be talking.
E! recently caught up with Gustin to discuss the role and just how Barry Allen (the secret identity of The Flash) will fit into Oliver Queen's world.
"I got an audition and I was really excited and a little skeptical at first, because I'm a comic book fan. I know the character and know I'm a little young," Gustin said. Truth be told, Gustin resembles the DC character Impulse, a younger superhero with powers identical to The Flash.
It has already been reported that Allen would be a scientist in 'Arrow,' just like in the comics, which makes Gustin's youth all the more glaring. "I know I'm coming on as up-and-coming in my field. He's not going to be The Flash immediately, obviously. We're going to be Barry Allen first in two episodes and then he'll come back later as The Flash. I haven't actually had a chance to read any scripts yet, so we'll see," Gustin continued.
The young actor is already looking ahead to 'The Flash' as a stand-alone series, adding that he "didn't realize before I started doing all my research that he can actually time travel, he can run so fast. I think that'd be a really fun thing to play with on the show is him kind of going to different times and experimenting with that. That'd be fun."
Gustin did drop one little detail that should please comic book fans: "I would [imagine], when The Flash comes he'll be in a pretty traditional Flash costume. That's kind of what I've caught wind of.
Barry Allen will appear in the eighth, ninth and twentieth episodes of the second season of 'Arrow' on The CW.