CW’s Arrow, in teasing their second season, revealed news which will likely eclipse, in terms of audience interest, anything else they could possibly do during their run. Namely, Barry Allen, better known as the superhero Flash, will not only appear on the show, but will also have his own series, episode 20 of Arrow’s Season 2 evidently serving as a de-facto pilot for the spin-off.
To viewers of this show, this may come as a shock, as while other famous DC characters, such as Deadshot, the Huntress, and Deathstroke, have made an appearance, Flash is the first confirmed super-powered addition to the roster. CW President Mark Pedowitz confirmed the character will not be introduced as such: “Well there’s a big DC universe of super-powered characters who do intersect and don’t intersect. But most importantly, remember, it’s an origin story! So he may not come in with super powers.”
Confirmation was received later that Barry Allen will, indeed, first appear as a forensic scientist in episodes 8 and 9 of the series, finally receiving his iconic super-speed in the 20th episode.
While much of the show played with making known characters more reality-based, meaning toned-down costumes and codenames to replace superhero identities, the Flash will apparently definitely remain recognizable to fans of the character. Writer Andrew Kriesberg said that “It will be fun for the audience to see how we do our take on The Flash’s powers. Some will feel very familiar to those who know the comics, and other stuff will feel different yet fresh and exciting. ” Fellow writer on the series Greg Berlanti added that “That said, he does need powers to become The Flash. And he will be The Flash. He will wear a red costume, and he will go by that name.”
The character will be a noteable departure from the dark and grim tone of the Arrow show, as the Flash is by no means a brooting vigilante.
This comes along with bad news for fans of Wonder Woman, as Amazon, CW’s proposed show about her early days on her island of birth, Themyscira, is now evidenty “on pause,” according to Inquistr. Evidently, a pilot had been made, but the reception at the studio was not what was expected, and the show is being retooled. ““Amazon is on pause (as) the script is not exactly what we wanted, and with an iconic character like Wonder Woman, we have to get it right,” Pedowitz explained.