Some Guy From Glee Is The CW’s FLASH
Grant Gustin has been cast as Barry Allen for three episodes of Arrow‘s second season, and possibly his own spinoff if things go well. The Glee actor has landed the role of DC‘s super speedster after beating out two other actors according to The Hollywood Reporter. The three episodes that Gustin will appear in will serve as a backdoor pilot as The CW hopes to spinoff a new DC show from their hit-series Arrow. Gustin has signed on to appear in episodes 8, 9, and 20 with the 20th episode hopefully being the basis for his own show.
Arrow‘s co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and director David Nutter are all behind the potential Flash spinoff. If all goes well then Berlanti, Kreisberg, and comic book scribe Geoff Johns will write the pilot with Nutter directing. The three episodes featuring Barry in Arrow will be focused on him as an assistant forensic scientist for the police department looking to solve his mother’s murder. THR had a few details about the role:
Barry Allen is described a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.
Kreisberg teases that part of the fun for viewers is to see how they are going to present their “Arrow take” on the super fast hero. The co-creator promised that there will be familar DC elements to the characters introduction, but they’re going to make things different and fresh. Arrow prides itself on having no super powered characters in their more realistic approach to a comic book show, but those things will be changed up when Flash is introduced. The producers will get around that problem though “extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way.“
Gustin will begin filming his first episode as early as next week. The actor known to some for his recurring role on Glee says he is a lifelong DC Comics fan and he can’t wait to get started. Depending on how well his three episodes are received, Gustin could lead his own series. That all hinges on how well you like him and how Bary Allen is portrayed in Arrow. What do you think about the casting decision? Do you see Guastin as Flash?
Source : Hollywood Reporter