How Will “The Flash” Affect “Arrow?”

It’s a good time to be a fan of The Flash. With a TV series on the way, The Flashpoint Paradox, and a definite inclusion in the slowly building Justice League film, the Scarlet Speedster is finally getting some much-deserved attention from the media at large. Recently, Arrow writer Marc Guggenheim sat down with Comic Book Resources to discuss The Flash, and thanks to the kindly folks at Comic Book Movie, we get to read the interview.

Guggenheim discusses a wide range of topics, all focused on The Flash. He comments on the growing DC Universe on TV, Barry Allen’s inclusion on Arrow, and, very interestingly, on how the tone of The Flash and Arrow will relate. This is something that’s been on the minds of fans of superhero media recently, namely the “realism” introduced by The Dark Knight trilogy versus the outlandish sci-fi of comic book superheroes. Arrow is certainly a gritty, realistic tone, one that wouldn’t work for The Flash. Guggenheim had this to say on the subject:

” We’re very cognizant of what ‘Arrow’ is all about, and I think the Marvel movies demonstrate that each piece of a universe can have its own feel. ‘Thor’ is consistent with the tone of Thor while ‘Captain America’ is consistent with the tone of Captain America’s character. ‘Arrow’s’ tone will remain consistent much in the same way, and we are looking forward to expanding our canvass a bit. And judging from the announcement, I think the fans are looking forward to it as well.”

Read the rest of the interview below, then tell us what you think:

(Photo courtesy of The Film Stage)