The Flash may be getting his own TV show, the CW announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Assn.’s summer press tour.
The CW will introduce the Flash during the second season of “Arrow” before giving the scarlet speedster his own drama series, aptly named “Flash.”
“We plan to introduce a recurring character [on “Arrow”] and an origin story for Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash,” said CW president Mark Pedowitz. “We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it will go well. We do want to expand upon the DC Universe. We think that there are rich characters that we can use and we thought this was a very organic way to get there.”
The Flash, the lightning-quick DC hero, first appeared in comics in 1940 and became a member of the Justice League of America. (“Arrow” producers have hinted that other Justice League members, like Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, Aquaman and Green Lantern, might appear in the show.)
The back-door pilot will be directed by David Nutter and written by “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, as well as comic writer and DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who cites the Flash as his favorite character, Pedowitz said. Berlanti and Kreisberg will helm “Flash” should the series move forward. Casting is underway.
It won’t be the Flash’s first foray into live-action television. John Wesley Shipp played the hero in the short-lived CBS series “The Flash,” which ran for one season in 1990. It’s unclear how the character’s return to television will affect Warner Bros.’ reported plans for a Flash movie, to be written by Berlanti, Johns, Marc Guggenheim, Chris Brancato and Michael Green.
Unfortunately for Wonder Woman fans, the fast-tracking of “Flash” means “Amazon” is being put on hold. The network has been developing a pilot, written by Aron Eli Coleite (“Heroes,” “Ultimate X-Men” comics), about teenaged Diana, but the CW is putting its focus on fast-tracking “Flash” while the kinks with “Amazon” are ironed out, Pedowitz said.
Superheroes are proving a boon for the CW. “Smallville,” the Superman prequel series that ran for 10 seasons, garnered devoted fan support, and “Arrow” was a breakout hit for the network.
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— Noelene Clark and Yvonne Villarreal | @LATHeroComplex
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