Grant Gustin On FLASH’s Semi-Secret Identity, Being A Fanboy, And Crossing Over With ARROW


TheFlashTVShowbannerSome early reactions for The Flash pilot have been popping up over the last few days. Former Flash comic book scribe Mark Waid gushed over the first episode on Twitter, saying it was “EXCELLENT,” with other media folks lucky enough to get an advanced look generally agreeing with the writer. That’s part of the reason why fans of the super speedster and CW‘s Arrow are eager to see the pilot for themselves. While we still have a few months before we actually see Grant Gustin in action, the cast and crew have done a fantastic job of teasing what’s in store. IGN spoke with the leading man about the series and what will be going down over the course of the season. Gustin says Barry will kind-of have a secret identity, we can expect Barry to be a big ol’ fanboy even after he gets his powers, and a crossover with Arrow is definitely in the cards in some form or fashion.

Flash2Speaking with IGN on the red carpet, Gustin was asked if Barry being a bit of fanboy allows him as an actor to allow his own geek-out moments to seep into the series. Gustin says that’s exactly the case, stating “It’s really fun to play with. Barry’s just excited by all of this. He’s a fanboy! And I don’t have to hide my excitement as I play the role, so it’s really fun to play with. At the same time though, it’s in a reality-based world, so there is an aspect of him that’s a little worried about what’s happening to his body. But at the same time, once he starts to get a handle on it, it’s the coolest thing that’s happened to anybody, as far as Barry is concerned.

One part of Barry‘s comic book obsession spilling out in his world was his advice for Oliver (Stephen Amell) to wear a mask to help hide his identity. As we saw in the 5-minute trailer for the series, Arrow returns that advice. When asked if the whole ‘secret identity’ aspect would play into The Flash like it does with Arrow, the actor says it really won’t:

We’re not going to play the same game that they played on Arrow, where it was a secret. There will be some characters that Barry is specifically trying to keep it from, but his circle – for the most part – is going to know that he’s The Flash.

The leading man had a lot more to say about things like Easter Eggs and how “there are going to be crossovers for sure” when it comes to the combined worlds of Arrow and The Flash. You can see everything Gustin had to say in the video below. What do you think about the semi-secret identity angle? Are you eager to see how it all plays out this fall?

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Source : IGN