The CW’s The Flash Will No Longer Be Introduced on ARROW; Traditional Pilot Moving Forward Instead

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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.

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  • Masshuu il Malacandra

    Besides this guy looking waaaaay too young, I think this is a bad idea.

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    • Sam Burnett

      He often is the younger one in adaptions. Look at Smallville. I think it could work if done well

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  • Yup

    When should we expect Ben or Henry to make a Cameo on either program?
    Fall of 2014? Fall of 2015?

    • Oliver Queen

      Ben’s Batman and Henry’s Superman are most likely going to be kept in a separate universe from these two CW shows so it’s unlikely we’ll ever see them on the shows.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      I have a feeling that Fox’s Gotham has a better chance at tieing into the MOS universe than the shows on CW.

  • Randall

    Oliver queen in the Arrow is a lot younger than he should be and it has been a great series so far. The old 90s TV series for the Flash was actually pretty cool and they expressed his powers/abilities in a great way. I don’t see why this new Flash TV series won’t be better, since they have him in an expanded superhero universe.

  • Capt Picard

    Thank god they’re keeping him off arrow for now. One of the reasons why Arrow is so successful is that it tries to stay grounded in some semblance of realism. I dont know how introducing “superpowers” would go over with the quality of the current show

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I love Arrow but some of their casting decisions are terrible. Roy’s character looks like an Abercrombie model and acting is mediocure at best. This kid just is not what I pictured to play the Flash. Disapointed that they can’t cast somebody above the age of 25. If this was on any other network this wouldn’t be an issue with casting someone in their late 20′s or early 30′s and actually look the part.

    • eternalozzie

      Keep in mind the bulk of CW’s audience is under 25

    • The Flobbit

      The ONLY reason I like and watch Arrow is Stephen Amell. The dude is positively magnetic – absolutely riveting. Surrounding him are, for the most part, cut rate, cheesy actors. Him, the action, and the flashback keep the show awesome.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Agreed. The show is great and I love the flashback scenes along with Amell’s performance. Season 2 has really been an improvement over the 1st season. I just wish that they could have Nightwing in the series along w his own spin off. But I doubt that as the MOS sequel is to feature him and they probably don’t want confusion over the character/universe.

  • eternalozzie

    This is great news … I am looking forward to this SO much. Has Collider even reported on Nightwing coming to Arrow yet??? Steven R McQueen has been tweeting about his role being in development on Arrow for 2 weeks now.

  • Oliver Queen

    This is such a good idea, i cannot wait for eps 8 and 9 but i prefer Barry getting his powers in his own pilot rather than episode 20. Although would be kl to have Barry return in 20 with some supporting cast for his show before he gets his powers.

  • The Flobbit

    Don’t like this guy…no charisma. Then again, I know nothing about him.

    • Isoron

      How could you possibly know if he has charisma? Especilally if you know nothing about him.

      • The Flobbit

        From that one image, I instantly made up my mind about him. Lol

      • ʝoe ßloggs

        I went further.
        Watched some youtube clips of Grant and then Voted up your comment. :P

    • Isoron

      How could you possibly know if he has charisma? Especilally if you know nothing about him.

  • The Flobbit

    Don’t like this guy…no charisma. Then again, I know nothing about him.

  • ʝoe ßloggs

    John Wesley Shipp had more personality in one of his pecs than this dude.
    CW should just skip the Barry Allen Flash and go straight to Wally West – which Grant could play.

  • Lee Harvey Cobblepot

    Arrow has really been whipping ass this season, let’s just hope they can sustain that momentum to a second show. Also, the guy in the picture is a pretty boy and he looks like a bit of a wuss. Not that Flash needs to be tough and grim and dark, he also isn’t Peter Parker.

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