In case you missed it, The CW is currently developing The Flash; a spin-off show centred on the Barry Allen character that appeared earlier in Season 2 of Arrow. Speaking to Digital Spy, Greg Berlanti, producer of both shows, has been talking about the differences between the pair.
On the two titular characters, Berlanti said, “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 contract 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.”
Having had S.T.A.R. Labs mentioned at various points during Arrow‘s run, it appears that audiences will be seeing a lot more of the facility in The Flash. “We’ve talked a lot on Arrow about the particle collider and Harrison Wells and S.T.A.R. Labs,” Berlanti added, “and you’ll see S.T.A.R. Labs as an active part of the show.”
What if the unthinkable happens and The Flash doesn’t make it past the pilot stage? “Fingers crossed we don’t screw it up and he [The Flash] gets his own show,” said Berlanti. “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 it appears that even if The Flash pilot isn’t well received, we’ll still get to see Barry Allen appear in Arrow.
Currently, the show is set to star Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/Flash, Rick Gosnett as Eddie Thawne/Professor Zoom, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost, Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon/Vibe, Candice Patton as Iris West and Jesse L. Martin as Detective West. The Flash‘s pilot is expected to drop towards the middle of the year.