Earlier this summer, the CW announced plans to not only bring Barry Allen/The Flash to their Arrow series, but had hopes of starting a spin-off series around the speedster. Now, it appears the network has found their hero in Grant Gustin (Glee). Gustin will be introduced to viewers in the eighth episode of Arrow’s second season, following up that debut by starring in the ninth episode as well. The 20th episode will also feature Gustin and will act as a backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off series, The Flash.
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Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg are developing Flash alongside Arrow director David Nutter, with Berlanti, Kreisberg, and DC’s Geoff Johns penning the pilot. Berlanti and Kreisberg will run the series should The CW pick up the pilot, and Nutter—who helmed the Arrow pilot—will direct the first episode.
Kreisberg and Johns talk about the project at length in this recent interview, which includes more on his origin story and how it will affect other characters in DC’s TV universe. (And kudos to Latino-Review for pegging Gustin as being in the mix.)
Here’s word on Gustin’s addition to Arrow via a press release:
BARRY ALLEN is 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.
ARROW returns for season two Wednesday, October 9th at 8:00 p.m. on The CW