The Flash (2014 TV series)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
The Flash is an upcoming American television series developed by writer/producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns, to air on The CW. It will be based on the DC Comics character Flash (Barry Allen), a costumed crime-fighter who was created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino. It is intended to be a spin-off to Arrow, existing in the same universe. A pilot, to be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, and directed by David Nutter, has been greenlit.
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / The Flash, a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who receives his powers after being caught in a chemical explosion at a lab caused by a lightning strike following an incident at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator.
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, a cop who acts as a surrogate father to Barry and is the father of Iris West.
- Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, based on the DC Comics character Professor Zoom. A recent transfer to the Central City Police Department, Thawne's past is a mystery and harbors a dark secret.
- Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, based on the DC Comics character Killer Frost. A highly intelligent bioengineering expert, Snow lost her fiancé during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Candice Patton as Iris West, daughter to Detective West and best friend to Allen.
- Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, based on the DC Comics character Vibe. A mechanical engineering genius, Ramon is the youngest member of the team of scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Tom Cavanagh as Harrison Wells, the mind and money behind Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator, who becomes a pariah after the lab explodes until he learns he created The Flash.
John Wesley Shipp, who portrayed The Flash in the 1990 series, will make a guest appearance in the pilot in an unspecified role. The role will be expanded to recurring status should the show receive a series order. Michelle Harrison was cast as Nora Allen, Barry Allen's mother, in a recurring role. Patrick Sabongui was cast as David Singh, Central City Police Captain. Sabongui's role in the pilot will be a guest star and could be expanded to recurring status.
On July 30, 2013, it was announced that Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, Arrow pilot director David Nutter and Geoff Johns, will develop a Flash TV series for The CW. The series will be the origin story of Barry Allen. Kreisberg revealed after the announcement, that Allen would first appear as a recurring character on Arrow in three episodes of season 2, all written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, and that the last of the episodes would act as a backdoor pilot for the show. As well, Kreisberg added that Allen will be a forensic scientist and the introduction of his superpowers, as well as the reactions to this, will be very human and grounded. On the character, Johns stated that the Flash in the show will resemble his comic book counterpart, complete with his trademark red costume and not a poor imitation, to which Kreisberg added, "No sweat suits or strange code names; he will be The Flash." The producers are looking in to how to depict the Flash's lightning speed, but Johns stated it would not just be the standard "blurring around". Finally, it was revealed that casting for Allen has begun, overseen by the same team that works on Arrow.
In November 2013, it was announced that the third appearance of the Flash on Arrow would no longer be a backdoor pilot, with the studio opting to make a traditional pilot instead. By doing so, it allows the creative team to flesh out the Flash's story and his world on a bigger budget, opposed to being constrained to incorporating Arrow characters with a backdoor pilot. The decision was made after CW executives saw material from the Flash's first two episodes on Arrow, which was well received. It is unclear if the Flash will still make an appearance in the previously intended third episode on Arrow. The pilot will be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, directed by Nutter. The show will still be tied to Arrow, as that is where Barry Allen first makes an appearance. On January 29, 2014, The Flash was officially ordered for a pilot episode.
In early February 2014, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the only remaining regular role to be cast is for the part of Hartley Rathaway.On February 28, 2014, it was announced that production on the pilot would begin at the start of March, as well as revealing the costume worn by Gustin for the series. The costume was designed by Colleen Atwood, who also designed the costumes for Arrow.
Regarding Gustin's debut as Barry Allen in Arrow and the potential for a series, IGN's Jesse Schedeen stated his concern: "Gustin doesn't come across as leading man material. His awkward bumbling intertwining with Felicity's was cute, but rarely did I get the impression that this character could or should be given his own spinoff series." However, Schedeen eventually warmed up to the character, once the "dorkiness and social awkwardness" were downplayed a bit, and the emphasis was placed on "his keen scientific mind."
Barry makes his first appearance in the Arrow season two episode "The Scientist" as a CSI from Central City who has come to Starling City to investigate a possible super being that he claims may have connections to a case in Central City. He meets with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) after Queen Consolidated is burgled. Barry and Oliver's confidante, computer science expert Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) have an immediate rapport, but Oliver, who is the secret identity of the vigilante known as "Arrow", is suspicious of Barry. Barry reveals that he is attempting to find a super-powered being who killed his mother when he was a child, leading to his father's wrongful imprisonment. Barry is ordered back to Central City, but is instead brought to Oliver's hideout by Felicity and John Diggle (David Ramsey) after Oliver is accidentally injured and poisoned. In the following episode, "Three Ghosts", Barry saves Oliver's life, and continues to assist Felicity with tracking down Cyrus Gold (Graham Shiels), a test subject of Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro). He returns to Central City, leaving behind a custom-made domino mask for Oliver as a better way of concealing his identity. Having returned to Central City, he is caught in a chemical explosion at a lab caused by a combination of a lightning strike and the explosion of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator across town. In "Blast Radius", it is revealed that Barry was left in a coma following the lab accident.
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