The CW kicked off its shared DC Comics television universe with Arrow in 2012, then introduced Central City CSI tech Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) in season 2 before the character was spun off into his own series, The Flash. The network’s second superhero series proved to be even more successful than the first, and The CW continued to expand its DC TV universe. Characters from Arrow and The Flash were brought together for the second spinoff series, Legends of Tomorrow, while The CW most recently added Supergirl to their lineup after the show aired its first season on CBS.
Along with the growing DC TV universe, The CW’s superhero fanbase has expanded to include viewers of all four television series who are eager to show their appreciation of the Green Arrow, The Flash, the Legends and the Girl of Steel. One way for fans to do so is by attending conventions where the stars of the series may be featured guests. Unfortunately, Gustin hasn’t been able to attend many conventions – until now.
Today, Silicon Valley Comic Con announced Gustin will make his first appearance at their convention during the weekend of April 21-23. He’ll be available for a special fan Q&A session, photos, and autographs on Sunday April 23. The Flash season 3 addition, Tom Felton, who plays Julian Albert, will appear as well. He’ll be at SVCC on Saturday April 22 and Sunday, appearing with Gustin during the Q&A session. This year marks the second annual SVCC and will be held at the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Last year, Gustin offered an explanation on Twitter for why he hadn’t attended many conventions and apologized to fans that had hoped to meet him:
I’m sorry to everyone that goes to the cons that I haven’t attended any. Haven’t found that balance in shooting Flash & finding time to rest. … I’d love to meet you all and cons are in the future. For now I like to focus on making the best show possible and sleeping when I can.
Now, with Gustin scheduled to appear at SVCC, it seems he’s found a way to balance filming season 3 of The Flash and attending the convention. Certainly, the fact that The Flash will likely wrap production on its season early in April helped in the decision since that gives Gustin some time to rest in between commitments.
Currently, The Flash is gearing up to air the show’s musical crossover with Supergirl this week in the episode titled, ‘Duet’. Gustin previously appeared on Glee as Sebastian Smythe prior to joining The CW’s DC TV universe and he’ll reunite with Supergirl’s Melissa Benoist, who also starred in Fox’s musical dramedy. Fellow Glee alum Darren Criss will appear in ‘Duet’ as DC Comics villain Music Meister, whose powers force Barry and Kara (Benoist) into an alternate reality from which they must sing and dance their way out.
The Flash season 3 continues Tuesday March 21 with ‘Duet’ at 8pm on The CW.