Greg Berlanti, the executive producer of ‘Arrow‘ and its upcoming spin-off ‘The Flash‘ recently spoke about the new show, and how it would be different from the existing show as well as backup plans for the pilot.
“Barry (Grant Gustin) is different from Oliver (Stephen Amell). He’s a man of science and has more of a sci-fi bent, whereas Arrow has a bit more of a crime bent…We often talk about how Oliver comes off like a pessimist, but deep down he’s an optimist and has hope. Barry lost his mother at a very young age, his father was sent to prison for murdering his mom, he went through a lot of stuff – on the surface he’s bubbly and upbeat and seems like an optimist, but deep down maybe there’s no hope left….So they’re a really nice contrast to each other and the show functions in that way, I think. Certainly in the pilot script Barry has an effervescence and a lightness, but there’s still a dark well beneath that.”
Oliver has just rekindled his romance with Sara on ‘Arrow’, so Felicity may be doing a lot of commuting between Starling City and Central City, despite the casting of Candice Patton as Iris West, who is only described as Barry’s best friend. Berlanti has confirmed that Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) will pop up on ‘The Flash’… should the show go to series and survive.
“Fingers crossed we don’t screw it up and he gets his own show! If he didn’t, I don’t think we would ever want to let Grant go. He’s too valuable. That would be our hope, I think – no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe.”
So if ‘The Flash’ isn’t successful, look for Gustin’s Barry Allen to perhaps relocate to Starling City where he’ll remain as part of the show.
Berlanti stated that S.T.A.R. Labs will play a larger role and to expect more super powered characters, as opposed to the human assassins and criminals on ‘Arrow’. Are you excited to see more “super” in this super hero universe? Were you impressed by Gustin’s guest appearance on ‘Arrow’?