Here is some good news for those looking forward to the new CW project ‘The Flash.’ According to Deadline, the latest superhero inspired-series is now receiving its very own pilot episode, rather than the previously scheduled ‘Arrow’ backdoor pilot.
Originally, three episodes (No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20) starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen aka The Flash, were to be integrated into the current second season of ‘Arrow,’ starring Stephen Amell as the titular character.
Episodes 8 and 9 will still introduce Gustin’s character, since the episodes have already been shot, but Episode 20, which was to serve as the backdoor pilot, will no longer be happening. Instead, The CW will film a standalone pilot.
The original plan was to have The Flash appear in his popular red costume in ‘Arrow’ Episode 20, but that will now happen in the announced standalone pilot. The pilot also allows for creators to flesh out Barry Allen's story. It still remains unclear if Episode 20 of 'Arrow' will mention or feature The Flash.
Apparently, CW decided to give Gustin his very own pilot, after Episodes 8 and 9 of ‘Arrow’ were “very well received.” In the upcoming ‘Arrow’ episodes, Gustin’s introduction is described as follows: “Barry Allen is a Central City assistant police forensics 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.”
Even 'Arrow's Amell is showing support and excitement for Gustin, as he recently tweeted, ".@grantgust did a phenomenal job. Congratulations!! Episodes 8 & 9 are FANTASTIC."
Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg act as co-creators and executive producers for ‘The Flash,’ with Geoff Johns serving as the pilot’s scribe, David Nutter as director and Melissa Kellner Berman as co-executive producer.
How do you feel about ‘The Flash’ receiving its very own pilot?