CW Executive Mark Pedowitz has confirmed that Barry Allen will be receiving TV treatment. In a quote given earlier today at the Television Critics’ Association press tour, Mr. Pedowitz confirmed that Barry Allen will be appearing as a recurring character in Arrow during the 2013-2014 season, stating:
“We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash. We’re planning an origin story and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there.”
The Flash television show is being developed by Arrow creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, plus director David Nutter and writer/DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, with the character of Barry Allen appearing “late” in Arrow Season Two, and then spinning off into his own show.
According to Mr. Pedowitz, the development of the television show will have “no conflict” with the development of the Flash feature film being for Warner Bros. – which Greg Berlanti (Arrow) is attached to direct, with a script by Berlanti, Chris Brancato, Michael Green, Geoff Johns, and Marc Guggenheim. This film currently has a targeted release date of 2016.
Some may remember seeing Barry Allen grace their television screens back in the 90s, played by John Wesley Shipp. Flash fans can also catch him today with the release of the animated feature Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.
Arrow season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 8pm. We’ll have more information on this hot topic as it becomes available!
What do you guys think about this? Does the “no conflict” quote potentially mean a cross over from television to feature film is possible?