The Flash Set to Appear on Season 2 of ‘Arrow’
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One of my all time favorite (non-Batman) superheroes is Green Arrow. I especially love the Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams “Green Lantern/Green Arrow” run from the ’70s. While the version of the emerald archer present in “Arrow” is not exactly the character that I knew and loved from the comics or the “Justice League: Unlimited” animated show, I still enjoy The CW’s take on the character quite a bit. I think they have done a fantastic job of populating the world of this show with characters from the comic books, and now I am excited by the news that another one of my favorite DC characters is scheduled to appear in this upcoming season.
“Arrow” Executive Producers and Co-Creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, as well as series writer Geoff Johns, have announced the introduction of Barry Allen–who some might recognize as the alter ego of some guy called The Flash–into the “Arrow“ universe. The character will be featured in three episodes of the show’s upcoming second season: episodes 8, 9 and 20. The team of Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns will write all three episodes, and David Nutter, who directed the “Arrow” pilot (as well as the recent amazing “Game of Thrones” episode “The Rains of Castamere”), will direct the 20th episode, which will also serve as a back-door pilot for a potential “Flash” TV series for The CW.
According to the producers, when Dr. Barry Allen is first introduced into the show, he will just be an ordinary forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department who, rumor has it, comes to town while investigating a series of murders that may have a connection to his mother’s murder years earlier. During the course of his appearances on the show, Barry will have his accident that gives him his powers.
And if you’re afraid that “Arrow” is going to take the “Smallville” approach with the character, or skimp on the superpowers, fear not. Berlanti has stated that:
No casting has been confirmed just yet, as the producers wished to make the announcement of the character’s appearance in order to build interest and attract the best possible actors for the role. However, I’m sure we can expect an announcement soon enough, as filming for this season is already well underway.
So far, I like what I’m hearing. The Flash and Barry’s mother’s death played a big part in the recent DC animated film “Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox,” which was adapted from an arc in the comics. So it sounds like the comics are going to be a big influence on the version of The Flash in this show (which should be a given, but that isn’t always the case).
When comparing “Arrow” to The CW’s last venture into the DC universe “Smallville,” the former has taken some steps that the latter never dared to attempt until several years into it’s run. While it took “Smallville” until the fourth and fifth seasons to start introducing characters like The Flash or Aquaman into Clark Kent’s life (and even then they didn’t go by those names or wear costumes of any sort), in just its first season, “Arrow” featured numerous appearances by notable DC characters, such as Deathstroke, Deadshot, The Huntress, Firefly, Count Vertigo and Roy Harper (who became GA’s sidekick Speedy in the comics). Now, with the added possibility of characters with superpowers being introduced into Oliver Queen’s life (which was purposely avoided in season one), the world of the show has the potential to become bigger and better. Plus, I can’t be the only geek who still watches the short-lived Flash series from the 90s…
Are you excited for The Flash’s “Arrow” debut? Who else would you like to see pay Oliver Queen a visit?-By Jeff Grantz