The CW’s further expansion into the superhero world is getting a slight tweak. While the network originally announced plans to first introduce the character of Barry Allen aka The Flash on the popular drama series Arrow before possibly moving forward with a series all his own, The CW has now decided to forego the backdoor pilot plan in favor of going straight to pilot with The Flash. The introduction of Grant Gustin (Glee) as Barry Allen in episodes 8 and 9 of Arrow have already been shot, and the initial plan was to fully unveil The Flash character in episode 20 as a backdoor pilot. That plan now appears to have been altered significantly. Hit the jump for more.
Per Deadline, response to those first two Barry Allen episodes of Arrow—which don’t feature the superhero costume—has apparently been positive enough to scrap plans for the Flash-centric episode 20, and the network will instead move ahead with production on a traditional pilot for The Flash. It’s unknown if Allen will still appear in episode 20, but the producers of The Flash will now have a larger budget with which to properly introduce the character in a fully fledged pilot. Fear not, though, it sounds like episodes 8 and 9 will still air as-is.
The plan remains for both Arrow and The Flash to inhabit the same superhero universe, making crossover episodes between the two series highly likely. While The Flash has yet to get a series order (they have to make the pilot first), odds appear to be very high that The Flash will be debuting on The CW next fall. Check out the first official image of Gustin as Allen below, courtesy of The CW.