The CW's working on a series for Flash
July 31st, 2013
11:37 AM ET

The CW's working on a series for Flash

Another DC Comics hero is coming to life on The CW.

The network's president, Mark Pedowitz, announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour that the CW's planning to introduce The Flash on their existing series "Arrow" before attempting to put the character front and center on its own TV show.

“We plan to introduce a recurring character and the origin story of Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as the Flash,” Pedowitz said, according to Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

According to reports, the super speedster will appear in episodes 8, 9 and 20 under the guidance of "Arrow" writer/consultant Geoff Johns and co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg. But when viewers first meet him, it will be as a regular guy.

“The character will be as grounded and realistic as possible,” Kreisberg said, according to Deadline. “That’s how we’ll get to know him. Then his life will get a bit faster.”

Episode 20 will be directed by David Nutter, who helmed the pilots of "Arrow" and "Smallville," and Kreisberg said that's when viewers will get a wider look at Flash's world.

"Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy," he 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."

If the backdoor pilot works out, it'll be the second time Flash has appeared on the small screen. In 1990, CBS also tried its own "The Flash" TV series starring John Wesley Shipp, but that ended after one season.

Kreisberg thinks there's renewed interest in the hero because even with his superpowers, "there’s something really relatable about Barry ... He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out,” he told press.

But that said, the producers reassured reporters that Barry Allen will be The Flash - powers, red costume and all.

The second season of The CW's "Arrow," which is loosely based on DC Comics' "Green Arrow," will premiere on October 9.

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  2. cthulhu78

    It's about time for Flash! I wish they would use Wally West though. Best. Flash. Ever.

    August 2, 2013 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Midge

    All I can say is she is not a flash in the pants--

    August 1, 2013 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Scoop

    she ain't no flash ladies....

    August 1, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Always36

    The script was always near the actor.

    August 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Always

    The script was always near.

    August 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rose

    Good Lord, just don't let Michael Bay near the script!

    August 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. json...jsut put it with the

    Thank you.

    August 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Meh

    Enough of the superheroes already....he runs fast...who cares. I heard he picked up a h00ker and set her on fire while banging her. Too much friction too fast

    August 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Barry M. Enema

    Just don't fart out the idea of The Fabulous Fartman, who's superpower is a foul, noxious gas because I've already come up with it and will be pitching the idea to Fox.

    August 1, 2013 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Howard Stern

      Do it and your butt will be in court

      August 1, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      I had the idea of Captain Fecal Sludge who shoots plumes of boiling hot wet sh!t at his enemies. Maybe he can team up with Fabulous Fartman-

      August 2, 2013 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Steves

    I've farted out better ideas.

    August 1, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Marvel_is_Kool

    DC heroes get made into crappy TV series

    Marvel heroes get made into movies that earn $ Billion in tickets

    July 31, 2013 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lightning_Speed

    the way Flsh is super fast,the ratings will plummet with super-fast speed,too.

    The audience will run away from this crap with super-fast seed!

    July 31, 2013 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Flash-er

    Fastest Penis Alive.

    July 31, 2013 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. First Letters Down

    Perhaps the CW should explore ways to make these superhero shows a little better.
    Example: Arrow and Smallville are little more than soap operas for the under 34 set.
    Not that I have anything against superhero soap operas, but we need more action, less drama.
    In the future, I hope they introduce more heros like Batman or Wonder Woman on Arrow.
    Superman would be a nice cameo, but not sure how that would mesh with the movie series.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Petra

    Remember that episode where The Flash and Webster fought Baron Von Penis? The special f/x were fantastic, considering how long ago it was made.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      lmao. On topic, had Webster & penis in it. Very creative. That deserves another lol...

      July 31, 2013 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bog

    The Flash is one of the coolest superheroes. I liked him on that old TV show, Webster.

    July 31, 2013 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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