Comic book lovers got more than we bargained for with Arrow becoming a surprise performer for CW. It did so well the network opted for another origin story of a lesser known hero. Grant Gustin, best known to Glee viewers as Sebastian, will be The Flash. Police scientist Barry Allen will appear in three episodes of Arrow this season, those serving as a backdoor pilot for his show.
The Flash’s introduction breaks the “no superpowers” code the writers of Arrow had previously established. At the low end, a Flash is capable of moving around the speed of sound. By the time DC Comics killed Allen in 1985, he moved quickly enough to stop a weapon that could fire faster than light speed. Such a character would be way out of place in Starling City, so he won’t be around long.
Allen’s “death” is one of the longest ones in comics, as he was gone for 23 years in real time. Not only did he get better, he’s getting his own TV show and possibly a movie. This isn’t the character’s first time on the airwaves. In the 1990s as Bat-mania swept the nation, CBS gave The Flash a live-action show starring John Wesley Shipp. Hopping around the schedule, Barry Allen ran into foes he couldn’t best: Bill Cosby and Bart Simpson. CW hopes this latest Flash can outrun the competition as well as Green Arrow has so far.
Read [The Hollywood Reporter]