The CW cancels plans for Arrow spinoff with stand alone The Flash pilot. Fans eagerly awaiting The Flash’s return to the small screen, by way of Arrow, will have to keep waiting. Flash alter ego Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) will still make his scheduled debut, with episodes eight and nine of Arrow‘s second season. The CW has different plans for The Flash, however, who will now make his official debut in a pilot for his own series.
About Barry Allen’s comic book character:
Bartholomew Henry “Barry” Allen 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 (reminiscent of the original Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel), dubbed himself the Flash (after his childhood hero, Jay Garrick), and became a crimefighter active in Central City. 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.
On one hand, the decision leaves Grant Gustin’s additionally scheduled Arrow appearance (where the Flash was expected) in a grey area. On the other, there is reassurance that the upcoming The Flash series will not only share the Arrow Universe, but also its talent.
About the production:
The creative team remains the same, with Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and Nutter, who helmed the pilot for Arrow, directing. Berlanti, Kreisberg and Nutter executive produce, with Melissa Kellner Berman co-executive producing.
Arrow second season episodes eight and nine will air Dec. 4th and 11th, respectively.
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