Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, writers of the future Flash pilot, revealed more details about the character in a conference call with reporters yesterday. The Flash, Barry Allen, will be introduced in the eighth, ninth and 20th episodes of Arrow‘s upcoming second season, with the 20th episode serving as a backdoor pilot for the new show. The network is now in the process of casting Barry Allen for the show, which will present an origin in a similar style to Arrow‘s Oliver Queen.
“When we first meet Barry Allen, he’s just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man,” said Kreisberg. The eighth and ninth episodes of Arrow will take place in Oliver’s home, Starling City, but episode 20 will show Barry’s world. “Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy,” Kreisberg said. “Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we’re approaching Barry.”
Kreisberg added about Barry’s powers, which don’t seem to fit in Arrow’s more realistic and grounded take on vigilantes, “There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way…Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul, and Barry is not. He’s a great character who is going to affect all of our characters’ lives. It will be fun … to see these two characters together because they have two different worlds.”
Geoff Johns, who has handled the character many times in comics, added: “We’re also exploring a very personal story for Barry — life as a forensic scientist and the people around him, the tragedies and how he deals with them — in a very different way than Oliver Queen. The intention, they noted, will be to add to Arrow instead of stripping away characters from the series should the spinoff move forward, meaning it’s likely the residents of Starling City will remain there.”
If you’re worried about Flash getting a less superhero-looking suit, Kreisberg insisted that this won’t be an imitation Flash. “No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash.” They aren’t quite sure how to depict Barry’s superspeed, but it won’t be the standard “blurring” around. “It’s not what people expect,” Kreisberg said. “We want to do something fresh, new and exciting and give people a real cinematic experience the same way we did with Arrow.”
Source: The Hollywood Reporter