THE FLASH To Be Introduced In His Own Pilot Instead Of An Episode Of ARROW

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flashThe CW has shown they have a lot of faith in Grant Gustin and what the Arrow folks have in store with The Flash. Deadline is reporting that Flash will now be introduced in his own pilot instead of episode 20 of Arrow.

The original plan was for Barry Allen to be introduced in episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow with episode 20 serving as a backdoor pilot for the his own series. Gustin will still be in episodes 8 and 9 this season since they’ve already been filmed, but now episode 20 has been scrapped and the newly ordered pilot will introduce The Flash in full costume and all. What happens with the planned 20th episode remains to be seen, but discussions on what to do with the story are happening now. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg will write the Flash pilot episode with comic book scribe Geoff Johns.

The decision to move for an immediate pilot for Flash instead of waiting until after episode 20 was made by CW top brass after they saw the early cuts for episodes 8 and 9, which they were very pleased with. Going directly to pilot will allow the creative to to better explore the circumstances leading to Barry getting his powers. Instead of being a full-on spinoff, Flash will now just be connected to Arrow since Gustin will first appear as the character this season. It’s a risky move to go directly to pilot, but everyone seems confident with what they’re doing. What do you think about Flash skipping Arrow episode 20 and going directly into his own series?

Update: The first pic of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen in episode 8 of Arrow has hit the web thanks to Flash TV News.

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Source : Deadline