At the Television Critics Association press tour, in Los Angeles, CW boss Mark Pedowitz revealed the second season of Arrow would introduce the character of Dr Barry Allen aka Flash. The character will recur, appearing in at least three episodes, and the story-arc will be “origin story”.
“We plan to introduce a recurring character and the origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as the Flash…We do want to expand upon the DC Universe. We think that there are rich characters we can use, and we felt like this was a very organic way to get there.” Pedowitz told reporters.
Entertainment Weekly reports the character will appear episodes 8, 9 and 20. The 20th episode will be directed by David Nutter who helmed Arrow’s pilot as well as Smallville’s and also directed Game of Thrones’ Red Wedding episode – an episode which sent shockwaves through GOT’s fandom.
Arrow’s executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told Entertainment Weekly “I think there’s something really relatable about Barry — of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out…These powers came to him and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded….Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul and Barry is not. I think it will be fun to see these two characters together because they have distinctly different world views”
If the character works out then its highly possible The CW will spin the character of Flash into a spin-off. The broadcaster is already launching one spin-off this season: The Originals from The Vampire Diaries. It has plans for a Supernatural spin-off set in Chicago with a back-door pilot set to air during the latter half of the show’s 9th season. It is hardly surprising The CW is hoping for a brand extension with Arrow which was undeniably the break-out hit of the season for the broadcaster.