It's been a not-so-long and arduous search, but the producers of Arrow have found the young man who will take the part of Barry Allen in the second season of the series, and the potential spin-off series The Flash. His name is Grant Gustin, and if you don't know his name, then you're neither a fan of Glee or the recently defunk re-invention of 90210.
"I'm unbelievably excited. I've been a lifelong fan of DC Comics, so I can't be more honored and can't wait to get started," Gustin told The Hollywood Reporter.
As you'll recall, the addition of The Flash to Arrow's canon was announced at San Diego Comic Con. After Barry Allen appears in episodes 8 and 9, episode 20 of Arrow's second season will serve as a backdoor pilot to a potential Flash series that will premier during the 2014/15 TV season. Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Comics co-publisher Geoff Johns will write the episodes and David Nutter will direct.
"When we first meet Barry Allen, he's just a forensic scientist ... an ordinary man," Kreisberg told reporters earlier this summer after The Flash was announced. Despite the grounded, realistic nature of Arrow, The Flash will still be the scarlet speedster we all know and love, and his alter ego Barry Allen will be a Central City forensic investigator and a bit of a comic book fanboy who's obsessed with the vigilante's exploits. The two worlds collide when a tragic case from Allen's past brings him to Starling City.
"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," explained Johns.
As for introducing super-powers into the previous ordinay world of Arrow, Kreisberg said, "There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way."
"Part of the fun for the audience ... is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy," he continued. "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."
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter