Flash Series From Producers of Arrow in Development
The Flash looks set to get his own series after he makes an appearance in the second season of CW’s hit superhero series Arrow. CW president Mark Pedowitz made the announcement at his platform Tuesday during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour, revealing that his network will be fast-tracking Flash, a new drama based on the popular DC Comics superhero who is also a member of the Justice League of America.
Arrow co-creators/executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director Davd Nutter will be introducing the character, famed for his super speed powers, during the second season of Arrow. “We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash,” Pedowitsz said. “We’re planning an origin story and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on the DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there.”
The project is already taking shape, with Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, consultant and writer on Arrow, writing the new Warner Bros Television show. The director of the Arrow pilot episode, Nutter, will also be involved in the back-door pilot, with Berlanti and Kreisberg serving as show runners if Flash should become a full series. It seem that Marc Guggenhiem, who also developed and executive produces Arrow, wont be involved, but he will instead be concentrating on season two of Arrow.
Barry Allen / The Flash will appear early on during Arrow’s second season. “He may not come in with superpowers,” Pedowitz said, as the casting process is now being undertaken. “If we get a name, great, if we don’t get a name, they’ll become a name.”
The news of a Flash series will be a welcome addition to the network, as fans of the characters will delight in the ongoing adventures of the fastest man alive, and his incredible super-speed is sure to become the focus of many exciting episodes. If the Flash series does move ahead, this will be the second time the character has been seen in his own TV series, after the 1990 CBS series with John Wesley Shipp, that only lasted for one season. Producers of Arrow have also hinted that other members of the Justice League could appear on the show. “When we bring characters from the DC Universe into the show, we’re careful about doing it right and having a reason to and not just doing it to say because we can bring in a specific character.”
Pedowitz also added that Amazon (the Wonder Woman prequel) is now on pause while the network turns its attention to the Flash, while over on Arrow, the Black Canary will also be introduced during its upcoming season. “It’s better to wait and get it right than put it on now,” he continued, as the script is yet to be where he would like it to be.
Flash will be the third spinoff for one of the network’s current series, they will bow The Vampire Diaries spinoff The Originals in October, and the network is also preparing a Chicago-based spinoff for Supernatural that will be shown as a backdoor pilot in the ninth season – along with supervising producer Andrew Dabb writing the episode. Berlanti is also in the process of developing a Flash movie for Warner Bros and DC Entertainment. This is exciting news for fans of the Flash, and it’s fantastic that this popular DC Comics character looks like he is finally getting his chance in the spotlight.
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