CW Network Casts Its Flash

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The Scarlet Speedster is now set to join the multitude of pretty young things that populate CW’s programming.

The Hollywood Reporter confirms that actor Grant Gustin, perhaps best known for his recurring roles in teen-centric fare such as Glee and 90210, has been cast as The Flash.

According to previous reports, Gustin will guest star on CW’s Arrow—a program based on DC’s Green Arrow/Oliver Queen character—before being given his own series.

The actor will be featured in an upcoming three-episode arc (episodes 8, 9 and 20) of the breakout CW hit as Barry Allen, an assistant police forensic investigator who finds himself in Oliver Queen’s orbit. Episode 20 will act as potential Flash spinoff to be developed by the Arrow production team. Co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg will write the script along with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.

“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.”

Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the character of The Flash made his first appearance in 1940’s Flash Comics #1. The first Flash was Jay Garrick, a university student who gains the ability of super-speed after unwittingly inhaling hard water vapors. Since then, three other characters have donned the mask, but perhaps the most enduring remains Barry Allen, who served as The Flash for most of the Silver Age and now acts as the current Flash under DC’s New 52 line.

A popular character and original member of The Justice League, The Flash has appeared in various TV iterations over the years, including a 1990 CBS program starring John Wesley Shipp that lasted for one season and in several DC animated programs—most notably in Justice League, where he was voiced by Michael Rosenbaum.

One of the still-unanswered questions regarding a Flash character is how the show will justify his existence in the Arrow universe, which up until now has been strictly reality-based with no mention of superpowers or superhuman beings. With his propensity for lightning-fast speed, The Flash would seem quite the outlier.

Though the character’s powers will reportedly been handeled in a more “realistic” fashion, Kreisberg dropped hints that the Arrow world might soon yield stranger occurrences.

“There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way,” he said.

The CW’s Arrow returns on Oct. 9.

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