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The CW Developing 'Flash' Series With Arrow's Creative Team - UPDATED!

Reported by Outsiders - 2013.07.30

Deadline is reporting that the CW network is working on another drama project based on the DC Comics character of Flash. The project is being brought together by the Arrow team of co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter.

The character of Flash and the origin story of Barry Allen who will be introduced as a recurring character on Arrow this coming season will spin off into his own series which will be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns who also has written for Arrow. Nutter, who helmed the Arrow pilot, will direct the potential pilot, while Berlanti and Kreisberg are expected to run the potential series.

Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, The Flash is a name shared by several comic book superheroes from the DC universe. All incarnations possess “super-speed” or an ability to run and move extremely fast and use superhuman reflexes.


During a conference call, Deadline has learned from Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns that Flash will appear in three episodes of the CW‘s Arrow this coming season before headlining his own spinoff series. The episodes, No. 8, No. 9 and No. 20, will be penned by the trio, with David Nutter, who helmed the Arrow pilot, committed to directing Episode 20.

The co-creators also confirmed that the actor who portrays Barry Allen will play him as “an ordinary man” when viewers meet him in Episode 8. “The character will be as grounded and realistic as possible,” Kreisberg said. “That’s how we’ll get to know him. Then his life will get a bit faster.” The surrounding characters in Arrow will react to Allen “in a very realistic way,” noting that they “won’t be treated as commonplace on the show but as extraordinary events.” Kreisberg added: “It will be fun for the audience to see how we do our take on The Flash’s powers. Some will feel very familiar to those who know the comics, and other stuff will feel different yet fresh and exciting.” Arrow co-creator Greg Berlanti noted, “That said, he does need powers to become The Flash. And he will be The Flash. He will wear a red costume, and he will go by that name.”


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