TV News: Grant Gustin Talks THE FLASH Solo Series

Written by Andrew Pollard Thursday, 12 December 2013

TV News

Even before Grant Gustin was announced as being cast as Barry Allen in The CW’s ARROW, the show’s producers had already confirmed plans, all being well, for the character's appearance to lead to a Flash spin-off show for the network. Well, the mid-season finale of ARROW saw Barry Allen undergo a bit of a transformation. I think we all know what’s coming next for the character, but Gustin has been talking about the proposed Flash show to CBR.

On the prospect of The Flash show, the actor said, “I’m mostly looking forward to getting the pilot script and seeing how Barry’s going to handle this happening to him. He’s not just excited. It’s scary. That’s what I loved about the character in the audition process; it’s not just he loves superheroes, and he’s a fanboy, and all of a sudden he’s like, ‘I’m going to be one, I’m really stoked about it.’ It’s kind of like, ‘This is terrifying. This is really happening to me.’ I’m really excited to play more of that.”

The pilot for The Flash show is to go into production next year, with ARROW co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, not to mention DC’s Geoff Johns, all involved in the script. Kreisberg and Johns have also been giving their thoughts on the spin-off for the Scarlet Speedster.

Kreisberg said, “We’ll want to keep ARROW as distinctive as possible and FLASH as distinctive as possible. Part of the fun will be how those two things play out in both shows, if we get that opportunity.”

Johns added, “There are story reasons that Flash feels different and that he’s taking on different things in his series.”

As ARROW is bringing audiences a new version of a familiar DC character every few weeks, Kreisberg was asked as to whether Flash’s solo outings will do the same. He responded, “In the same way that ARROW was conductive to bringing on characters like Deadshot and the Huntress and some of the more grounded people, hopefully with THE FLASH there’s a way to bring in some of the more fantastical characters. That will probably still go through the grounding lens with which we view everything. But we could tackle some of the bigger villains, and possibly heroes. There’s a hint of a major character in the pilot.”

Kreisberg continued, “But it’s always important to remember – like with ARROW – everybody wants Batman to come on and whatnot, but Arrow has to be the coolest person on ARROW. That same thing with THE FLASH – Barry has to be the coolest person. If we’re lucky enough to get to do more past the pilot, it’ll really be about making sure that the audience loves The Flash, and Barry Allen and Grant Gustin, as much as we do.”

At present, David Nutter, who directed the pilot for ARROW, is to direct the pilot episode of The Flash’s solo series. If it’s anywhere near as good as ARROW, the network is on to a winner.

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