News broke this week that DC speedster Flash will be starring in an upcoming WB television series. Details were sparse at the time of the first announcement but now more information about how the Flash will be introduced has been released.
The three announced writers for the Flash project, Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and comic writer Geoff Johns, took time to have a conference call with news outlets and informed us on how Barry Allen will be introduced. Allen will be “an ordinary man” when we see him in Episode 8 of Arrow, but viewers will see a change in him by his third appearance in Episode 20.
The character will be as grounded and realistic as possible. That’s how we’ll get to know him. Then his life will get a bit faster.
Episodes 8, 9 and 20 of the second season of Arrow will be written by the Flash writers with Kreisberg slated to directed the last of the three.
The world of Arrow is one that feels more realistic than a world where Flash would take place and the three writers addressed that saying that the characters will react to the super-speed of Flash “in a very realistic way,” and that the all of it “won’t be treated as commonplace on the show but as extraordinary events.”
In respect to how the character will look and feel, Kreisberg said:
It will be fun for the audience to see how we do our take on The Flash’s powers. Some will feel very familiar to those who know the comics, and other stuff will feel different yet fresh and exciting.
Co-writer Berlanti added,
That said, he does need powers to become The Flash. And he will be The Flash. He will wear a red costume, and he will go by that name.
Including that Barry Allen will be known as The Flash once he acquires his powers is interesting seeing as how, up to this point, Oliver has not been refereed to as The Green Arrow on the show. It was however hinted at that the Arrow main character may start using the name in the upcoming season during footage shown at San Diego Comic Con.
After the announcement of the Flash television series many on the Internet started questioning why DC and Warner Bros won’t commit to the creation of a Wonder Woman series (or movie) and the question of why Flash over any other Justice League character was brought up. Kreisberg and Berlanti responded respectively:
There’s something very relatable about Barry. He got his powers by accident, they just sort of came to him…He also isn’t a dark and tortured soul.
We think it fits well both in terms of (Arrow) and (as a stand-alone series).
More information about the show is guaranteed to continue to trickle in over the coming weeks, especially since casting for the role of Barry Allen is to begin next week, so make sure to keep coming back to Major Spoilers for all of the up-to-date news.