‘Arrow’ Showrunner Compares Flash’s Introduction to Marvel’s Shared Movie Universe

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Since Arrow has been such an enormous success for both The CW and DC, it was only a matter of time before the two corporate entities joined forces again and brought another superhero to the small screen. While there were reports that a Wonder Woman show – titled Amazonwould be next on the docket, it’s not surprising that The Flash is getting there first. You know, because he’s fast.

Recently, Arrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim talked about the popular series, creating a shared DC universe on television, introducing The Flash to the gritty world inhabited by “The Hood,” and how it all compares to the ever-expanding Marvel Movie Universe.

Speaking with Comic Book Resources, Guggenheim expressed his excitement about expanding the world of Arrow, saying:

“Honestly, I’m just excited to help be a part of expanding the DC Universe. I think one of the big thing that appeals to me about comics in general is the idea of the shared universe. It’s a lot of fun to be able to do that in television, and growing up one of the things I enjoyed was the ‘Six Million Dollar Man’ and ‘The Bionic Woman’ and the way those two shows would interact with each other. We’re at least a season away from ‘Arrow’ interacting with ‘The Flash,’ but the potential for that is really exciting for me.”

What he says about The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman certainly strikes a chord with this writer. One yearns for the days when TV crossovers – outside of animation – were a fairly common occurrence (e.g., Magnum P.I. and Murder, She WroteThe Jetsons Meet the Flintstones, The Jeffersons and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air , etc.). Personally, I’m still waiting for the mega-U.S.A. crossover featuring the casts of Burn Notice, Royal PainsWhite Collar, Suits, and so forth.

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Perhaps if Guggenheim and company continue to expand this live-action television DC universe with new shows and superheroes, we’ll eventually get to see a major, multi-episode superhero crossover the likes of which has only been experienced in the pages of a comic book.

As we already know, Flash will be appearing in three episodes of Arrow season 2. Guggenheim talked a bit about who will be handling those episodes and the new series, saying:

“Andrew [Kreisberg, executive producer and writer] is taking the lead on ‘The Flash.’ This has been in the works for a while and had been in the works since before Comic-Con. But we made the decision, as these things are announced in a rollout, to take a strategy where we’d announce Black Canary, Bronze Tiger and Brother Blood at Comic-Con. We felt like, ‘That’s a lot for Comic-Con. Let’s save something back for when T.C.A. comes around.’ I want to disabuse anyone of the notion that we decided to do Flash after Comic-Con. We’re just capable of keeping secrets every now and again.”

But how, pray tell, will The Flash – a character who simultaneously gets sprayed with random chemicals and struck but lightning, thus granting him the ability (in some instances) to move faster than speed of light – exist in the semi-realistic and gritty world of Arrow?

Stephen Amell as Green Arrow in Justice League Arrow Showrunner Compares Flashs Introduction to Marvels Shared Movie Universe

Says Guggenheim:

“I think a lot of people are justified in asking ‘What does this mean for “Arrow” in terms of its tone?’ And my answer is that the trick that we have – and this is a challenge we’ve discusses a lot and have an awareness of how to face it head on – is the fact that ‘Arrow’ is like ‘Iron Man’ where ‘The Flash’ will be ‘The Hulk.’ And just as ‘The Hulk’ coming out did not change the tone of the Iron Man movies, ‘The Flash’ will not change the tone of ‘Arrow.’

“We’re very cognizant of what ‘Arrow’ is all about, and I think the Marvel movies demonstrate that each piece of a universe can have its own feel. ‘Thor’ is consistent with the tone of Thor while ‘Captain America’ is consistent with the tone of Captain America’s character. ‘Arrow’s’ tone will remain consistent much in the same way, and we are looking forward to expanding our canvass a bit. And judging from the announcement, I think the fans are looking forward to it as well.”

Bary Allen – a.k.a. The Flash – will not have superpowers when he first appears on Arrow and it’s unclear if he will by the time he leaves the show. Still, it’s not like Arrow is some ultra-realistic take on Green Arrow. While it certainly derives some of its creative cues from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, it also has some pretty ridiculous and over the top moments. It’s not, by and large, a series that takes itself too seriously.

Green Arrow Versus Flash Arrow Showrunner Compares Flashs Introduction to Marvels Shared Movie Universe

If a world like the one in Arrow can have Deadshot, China White, The Count, Deathstroke, and The Huntress in it – and in the case of Huntress and The Count, be as cheesy as possible – it’s probably not too much of a stretch to incorporate a man with superspeed.

What do you think, Screen Ranters? Are you looking forward to the new television interpretation of The Flash on Arrow? Do you think a Flash TV show is a good idea? Drop us a line in the comments.


Arrow season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 @9pm on The CW. Stay tuned to Screen Rant for more news on The Flash.

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  1. I think expanding dc characters on tv will work well but not sure justice league will ever be a good idea for a movie.

    Superman and batman co existing in a grounded reality is one thing. Once you start adding super heroes it takes credibility away from the more realistic world set up.

    • Wait, so superheroes don’t work but Batman and Superman do work? And you think Superman existing in grounded reality works? =/

      There are a lot of challenges to a Justice League film, but I’m hoping that minds more brilliant than mine will figure out a way to make it work. There have been a number of fantastic animated JLA/U movies, such as Crisis on Two Earths. The only problem with an animated film like Crisis is that it assumes that viewers are already familiar with the characters. I can see it working.

      Besides, Avengers worked wonderfully, no?

    • Think of the founding Justice league members less as superheroes and more as Greek Gods, especially since Batman is the only major non-powered one. So whatever reason they have to work together for it must be an even greater threat.

  2. My concern is for the Flash series. Being so quick, I really wonder what could be done with the character on tv. Action scenes might be too fast to be appreciated. Even with the reverse motion approach to speed adopted in Smallville, I really wonder. Something else might need to be added to spruce up things. I may be wrong.

    Can someone please consider a DD series? It seems an obvious hit for TV to me.

    • The previous Flash tv show was great, and that was back in the ninties, so it could work now.

  3. If anyone saw the Flash series back in the 90’s, you would realize that it’s not only realistic, but could work very well. That show was also based in a “gritty” environment but suffered terribly from a low budget and weak scripts. Despite that, the first several shows were quite good and it didn’t deteriorate until later in the season when the “tweaking” began.

  4. @Justsomeguy, true but the previous Flash tv series didn’t make it past a season. There was a reason for it. Let’s hope the new series doesn’t go in a flash as well. I feel that there are certain characters who are a bit too risky for tv. Flash is one of them. Wonder Woman is another. Flash doesn’t seem to have much juice to keep a series going IMO. Will be interested in seeing how they work it out.

  5. I never understand why people think it will be easy to pull off a Flash movie, simply because his origin is so simple. Hello? Sprayed by chemicals and struck by lightning? That’s not going to fit into the cinematic universe DC seems to be aiming for. Those events would be more likely to kill him.

    • The thing I’m most concerned about it his speed – technically, a superspeedster should be able to beat anything. However, seeing Man of Steel pull off ‘stupidly fast’ during the fight scenes and the directors/producers saying that right things (like how they want a unique approach and the various ‘versions’ of super speed they’re checking out) makes me more confident.

      Also, in the recent Justice League film – which was, more or less, a Flash film but they called it ‘Justice League’ to make it more marketable – Flash loses his powers and goes to an alternate universe and tries to recreate his origin and ends up nearly dead and covered head-to-toe in severe burns. It’s pretty brutal.