A few months ago, The CW announced they were considering developing another comic book based series as a spinoff from their current hit series, “Arrow.” The new show would focus on the DC character the Flash. Then, it was announced that the network had officially cast the role. Grant Gustin will play the Flash/ Barry Allen in the series as well as in “Arrow.”
Gustin is most known for guest starring in several episodes of the series, “Glee.” He will appear as the character in the upcoming new season of “Arrow” in episodes 8, 9, and 20. His final appearance on the series will serve as a potential backdoor pilot for his own show. According to The CW, the character will begin his appearances simply as a forensic scientist and will later gain his superspeed powers.
Production on Gustin’s debut episode is set to begin at the end of the month in Vancouver.
“I’m unbelievably excited,” Gustin told The Hollywood Reporter. “I’ve been a lifelong fan of DC Comics, so I can’t be more honored and can’t wait to get started.”
The second incarnation of the Flash, Barry Allen, is generally considered the first hero of the Silver Age of comic books and the superhero has remained one of DC’s most popular ever since. In the original comics with Allen, he is a police scientist who has a reputation for being very slow, deliberate, and frequently late, which frustrated his fiancée, Iris West. One night, as he was preparing to leave work, a lightning bolt shattered a case full of chemicals and spilled them all over Allen. As a result, Allen found that he could run extremely fast and had matching reflexes. He donned a set of red tights sporting a lightning bolt and dubbed himself the Flash. In his civilian identity, he stores the costume compressed in a special ring via the use of a special gas that could compress cloth fibers to a very small fraction of their normal size.
“Arrow” season 2 premieres on Wednesday, October 9th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.