The Flash (2014 TV series)
|Based on||Characters appearing in The Flash|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original channel||The CW|
|Original airing||October 7, 2014|
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 superhero crime-fighter who was created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino. It is a spin-off to Arrow, existing in the same universe. The pilot for the series was written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, and directed by David Nutter. The series was officially picked up on May 8, 2014.
After witnessing his mother's murder, and his father wrongly accused, Barry Allen is taken in by Detective West and his family. As Allen enters adulthood, he becomes a brilliant, yet socially awkward, forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department, whose obsession with his tragic past causes him to become an outcast among his peers. Allen tries to uncover the truth about his mother's murder and clear his father's name, which leads him to Harrison Wells' particle accelerator. When the accelerator causes an explosion, Allen is struck by lightning, and enters a coma for nine months. When he wakes up, he discovers he has the ability to move at superhuman speeds, though he is not the only metahuman created in the wake of the explosion. As the violence related to metahuman criminals escalates, Allen vows to use his gift of speed to protect Central City with the help from a few close friends and associates who share his secrets while keeping his promise regarding his mother's murder.
- Grant Gustin as Barry Allen / Flash, a Central City assistant police forensic investigator. An accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator causes a thunderstorm, which precipitates a chemical explosion in Allen's laboratory. When he revives from a coma, he has superhuman speed.
- Candice Patton as Iris West, the daughter of Detective West and the best friend of Barry Allen.
- 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 he harbors a dark secret.
- Danielle Panabaker as Dr. Caitlin Snow, named after the civilian identity of the DC Comics character Killer Frost. A highly intelligent bioengineering expert, Snow believes she lost her fiancé, Ronnie Raymond during an explosion at S.T.A.R. Labs.
- Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon, named after the civilian identity of 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 Dr. 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.
- Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, a cop who acts as a surrogate father to Barry and is the father of Iris West.
John Wesley Shipp has been cast as Henry Allen, Barry's father, in a recurring role. Shipp previously portrayed Barry Allen / Flash in the 1990 television series. Michelle Harrison was cast as Nora Allen, Barry'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. Robbie Amell was cast in a recurring role as Ronnie Raymond, a maintenance worker at S.T.A.R. Labs and Caitlin Snow’s fiancé.
Guest stars include: William Sadler as Simon Stagg; Wentworth Miller as Leonard Snart / Captain Cold; Kelly Frye as Bette Sans Souci; Clancy Brown as General Wade Eiling; Greg Finley as Tony Woodward / Girder; Dominic Purcell as Mick Rory / Heat Wave; and Amanda Pays, who reprises her role as Dr. Tina McGee from the 1990 television series.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"City of Heroes"||David Nutter||Story by: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns
Teleplay by: Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns
|October 7, 2014|
|2||"Fastest Man Alive"||David Nutter||Story by: Greg Berlanti & Andrew Kreisberg
Teleplay by: Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns
|October 14, 2014||3J5352|
|3||"Things You Can't Outrun"||Jesse Warn||Alison Schapker & Grainne Godfree||October 21, 2014|
|4||Geoff Johns & Kai Wu||October 28, 2014|
|6||"The Flash Is Born"||Millicent Shelton||Jaime Paglia & Chris Rafferty||3J5356|
|8||"Flash vs. Arrow"|
On July 30, 2013, it was announced that Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, Arrow pilot director David Nutter and Geoff Johns, would develop a Flash TV series for The CW that would detail Barry Allen's origin. 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 had begun, overseen by the same team that was working on Arrow.
In September 2013, Grant Gustin was cast in the titular role. 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. The pilot will be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and Johns, and 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 in Vancouver, British Columbia, 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. The entire pilot was screened at the Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment panel at San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2014, along with the pilot of Gotham, and footage from Constantine and the third season of Arrow. Arrow composer Blake Neely will also compose for the series. In late September 2014, The CW ordered three more scripts beyond the series' initial order of 13 episodes, due to executives positive reception of installments shot after the pilot. The order is strictly developmental, and not an episodic extension.
The Flash is scheduled to premiere on The CW on October 7, 2014 during the 2014–15 television season; it will premiere in Canada on the same night. The show scheduled to premiere in Australia in December.
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." Schedeen eventually warmed up to the character, however, once the "dorkiness and social awkwardness" were downplayed a bit and the emphasis was placed on "his keen scientific mind."
IGN's Eric Goldman and Joshua Yehl praised the show's premise and cast after viewing a press screening copy of the pilot. Goldman and Yehl favorably compared it to Arrow, stating that The Flash progresses with a confidence that Arrow did not get until later in the series.
Barry made his first appearance in the Arrow season two episode "The Scientist" as a CSI from Central City. He arrives in Starling City to investigate a suspect with super powers who might have connections to a case in Central City. He meets Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) after Queen Consolidated is burgled. Barry has an immediate rapport with Oliver's confidante, Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). Oliver is immediately suspicious of Barry. Barry reveals that he is not in Starling officially, and his quarry may have been involved in the murder of Barry's mother. In addition, Barry hopes to meet the Arrow during his time in Starling City, as he has been reading the hero's exploits as a fan and seeks his help in solving his mother's murder. He is ordered to return to Central City, but Felicity and John Diggle (David Ramsey) bring him to their hideout when Oliver is poisoned. In the following episode, "Three Ghosts", Barry saves Oliver's life, and continues to assist Felicity in hunting Cyrus Gold (Graham Shiels), a test subject of Sebastian Blood (Kevin Alejandro), after proving that he can be trusted. In a gesture of friendship, he leaves a custom-made domino mask for Oliver to improve his disguise. Returning to Central City, a lightning strike sparks a chemical explosion in his lab at the same time that the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explodes across town. In "Blast Radius", it is revealed that Barry was left in a coma following the lab accident. In "The Man Under the Hood", Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon take inventory at the Starling City facility of S.T.A.R. Labs prior to its shutdown by Harrison Wells; they are interrupted by Deathstroke (Manu Bennett). Caitlin and Cisco's later help Felicity create an antidote for the Mirakuru drug.
In March 2014, it was announced that Gustin would not appear in a third episode of Arrow as originally planned. However, Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes appear in the Arrow episode "The Man Under the Hood" in their roles as Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon, respectively. Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim stated, "This was something that really came about because obviously Barry is in a coma at the end of ["Three Ghosts"]. That pretty much made it impossible for Barry to appear in [the third episode, as originally planned]... The idea of bringing in [Caitlin Snow and Cisco Ramon] really, really appealed to us because it allowed us to honor our original intention [of] doing something Flash-related around episode 19 or 20 [of season two] without having comatose Barry and basically paying Grant Gustin a lot of money to sit around with his eyes closed just unconscious the whole episode... It allows us to further flesh out the Flash universe in Arrow."
In May 2014, it was revealed that Amell will appear as Oliver Queen / Arrow in the pilot episode. In July 2014, Kreisberg stated that Rickards would appear in the fourth episode as Felicity and that a crossover event would occur in episode 8 of The Flash and the eighth episode of Arrow season 3. In August 2014, it was announced that previous Arrow nemesis William Tockman/The Clock King (Robert Knepper) would be making an appearance in the first season's seventh episode.
The Flash: Season Zero, written by Kresiberg, Brooke Eikmeier and Katherine Walczak, with art by Phil Hester and Eric Gapstur, is intended to take place between the pilot episode and episode 2. Kreisberg stated, "Barry will [already] be the Flash, he will have his team, everyone will be in that world, and we'll [sic] introducing a new set of villains that we won't be seeing on the TV show. It'll feel like the same heart, humor and spectacle that you get watching Flash." The comic will showcase the entire TV cast, plus new rogues, a group of circus performers who gained super powers as a result of the S.T.A.R. Labs particle accelerator explosion. The group is led by Mr. Bliss, a character who first appeared in Starman. The comic launched digitally biweekly on September 8, 2014, with its first physical release featuring a collection of the digital releases, scheduled to release on October 1.
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