Deadline reports that the upcoming CW TV series based on DC Comics The Flash character will be getting it's own stand alone pilot episode on the network. The original plan was for the character to first appear in 3 episodes of the current season of Arrow (Ep 8, 9 and 20). The first two episodes would introduce actor Grant Guston as Barry Allen, The Flash's alter ego. Episode 20 would then show Barry becoming the red speedster, costume and all.
Now the plan is for Barry to still make his initial debut in episode 8 and 9 of Arrow like originally planned but will make his actual super hero debut in his own Flash pilot series. Episodes 8 and 9 which have already been shot have been so well received that executives decided they could better flesh out the character in his own pilot, as opposed to doing a back door pilot on Arrow. Stand-alone pilots have larger budgets than ones attached to another series.
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 and this new series will still be connected with the Arrow Universe since Barry Allen will still make his first appearance on the Arrow series. On Arrow, Barry Allen (Gustin) is a Central City assistant police forensics 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 fanboy, 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.
No word yet on whether or not Flash will still make an appearance in episode 20 of Arrow or now.