Grant Gustin (Glee, 90210) has won the role of The Flash aka Barry Allen in The CW’s Arrow. They also plan on this leading to a spin off series involving the character.
Gustin will in three episodes of The CW’s Arrow – eight, nine and 20 – with the latter being the pilot for The Flash TV show.
The potential Flash spinoff will be an origin story similar to what producers did with Stephen Amell in Arrow. All three Barry Allen episodes will be written by Gregg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns according to THR.
Barry Allen is described a Central City 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. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime
“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.”
“There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way,” Kreisberg noted.
“We’re also exploring a very personal story for Barry — life as a forensic scientist and the people around him, the tragedies and how he deals with them — in a very different way than Oliver Queen. The intention, they noted, will be to add to Arrow instead of stripping away characters from the series should the spinoff move forward, meaning it’s likely the residents of Starling City will remain there.” said Johns.
Having never seen Gustin act I have no idea if he is a good choice or not. However, I am excited that there will one day be another Flash TV show.