Arrow: The Flash Has Been Cast; He's a Glee star
FLASH FACT! The CW has found their Flash. Grant Gustin will play the role of Barry Allen during the second season of The CW's Arrow. The 23 year old Gustin had a recurring role on Glee, as well as the 90210 reboot.
Arrow will see Barry Allen in his traditional role as a forensic scientist, described as an "assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past." The official announcement goes on to descibe Barry as "a comic book fan boy...obsessed with the Arrow, unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante."
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Barry Allen will be introduced in Arrow season 2 episodes 8 and 9, which will air this fall or early winter. He will then appear in episode 20 (to be directed by David Nutter, who also directed the Arrow pilot) in the spring, which will serve as a back-door pilot for a solo Flash series that will start in 2014. So, we still have a while to wait before we see Flash in all his glory, but he's definitely coming!
When the Flash TV series was first announced back in July, Arrow showrunner Andrew Kreisberg assured fans that Barry "will wear a red costume and will go by [The Flash]," adding that he isn't "a dark and tortured soul." Regarding the recent announcement, Kreisberg said, "It'll be fun to see these two characters together because they both have distinctly different world views, while both caring very deeply about what is right and wrong."
If nothing else, comic fans should be pleased with the specifics about Barry's character. The "tragedy in his past" likely refers to the unsolved murder of Barry's mother, a relatively recent addition to the Flash mythos, which writer Geoff Johns attributed to Flash arch-foe, Professor Zoom. Since Geoff Johns is co-writing all three Barry Allen episodes of Arrow (with Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg), it's probably a safe bet that there will be hints of Flash's greatest foe hidden throughout! The idea of Barry as "a comic book fan boy" is nothing new, as in his very first appearance (way back in Showcase #4 in 1956), he was inspired to put on a costume and call himself The Flash by reading old comic books about...The Flash!
The DC Television Universe is certainly expanding faster than their cinematic one, and we'll be all over this story like lightning until it hits screens!