‘Flash’ TV Series Coming From ‘Arrow’ Creators; Movie Still Planned For 2016?

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It certainly isn’t the news that comic book movie fans were hoping for, but The Flash may be making his live-action debut sooner than some might have thought. Despite the lack of any Justice League announcements at Comic-Con 2013 (beyond that Batman vs. Superman movie, of course) Warner Bros. is apparently moving forward with an adapted Flash TV series for The CW.

With writing from DC mainstay Geoff Johns and two out of the three Arrow creators attached – Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti – the project centering on Central City’s Flash – a character and city alluded to with tongue-in-cheek references in Arrow itself – is being fast-tracked by the network, with Barry Allen to first appear as a recurring character in Arrow‘s Season 2. So what does this mean for a Flash movie?

Obviously, whether this announcement from Deadline comes as good news or horrible depends on your view of Berlanti and Kreisberg’s adaptation work with the character of Green Arrow. Nevertheless, the show’s creators seem intent on bringing some of the DC universe’ best and brightest into the fold, with Barry Allen confirmed to appear as a recurring character, while the creative team prepare a standalone series of his own. CW president Mark Pedowitz explains:

“We’re planning an origin story and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there… He may not come in with superpowers.”

How the series would impact the consistently-rumored Flash film wasn’t mentioned, but sources of THR claim that Marc Guggenheim is still working on his movie for a 2016 release, so fans don’t need to panic just yet.

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From a serialized drama standpoint, The Flash certainly has the occupation and villains to work in a weekly format; in fact, some might argue that the serialized format of comic books in general is more fitted to a ‘monster of the week’ structure than tentpole blockbusters. As a member of the Central City Police Department’s forensics lab, Barry Allen spends his days picking up the clues everyday criminals leave behind, using superspeed and a bright red jumpsuit to take down villains of a more theatrical flavor.

That blending of C.S.I. and superhero is an odd mix that was apparently at the heart of the proposed Flash movie script, so it’s easy to see how it could work on television. As for the villains… well, any Flash fan will tell you that viewers who found some of Arrow‘s antagonists silly haven’t seen anything yet.

However, Barry Allen has proven to be a strong enough hero to keep audiences invested regardless of the surrounding villains. It’s no surprise that Allen will be the live-action Flash for the time being, but given The CW’s target audience and tone, introducing him as a police scientist (and part of Oliver Queen’s team) may be cause for concern.

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We’re not going to criticize Arrow for being, to many, something of a Batman knock-off; Oliver Queen was created to be just that in the comics. But the application of love triangles, ‘frenemies,’ and melodrama to the core story of a masked vigilante are hard to miss – just one way The CW has attempted not only to attract a younger, female audience, but strengthen comparisons to the likes of Smallville. That’s something of a departure from the Se7en and Silence of the Lambs vibe the Green Arrow film script had been seeking.

But while a younger Flash has been moderately successful in the comics (last seen when Barry’s grandson Bart took over the role), that is not the version fans have been demanding. And it is most certainly not the version we feel would work best in a Justice League universe. Even if Warner Bros., under the leadership of Johns, Berlanti and Kreisberg, managed to adapt Barry’s dual identities into a workable CW formula, what would that mean for his feature film appearances?

Sharing a universe across TV and film is not impossible – even Marvel is doing it – but while TV fans will be able to see how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. fits into the Avengers universe, those currently watching Arrow, Flash, or potentially Amazon can’t say the same (although Arrow star Stephen Amell has some ideas).

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Who knows; Warner Bros. may have some grand plan for bringing their TV and movie universes together, but for the moment, this move will be questioned by fans. While Green Arrow is far too fringe a character to risk building a motion picture, or possibly even a Justice League position around, The Flash is absolutely strong and popular enough to carry a standalone film; a prospect that now seems less likely than ever.

Not to say that a Flash TV series is doomed from the start, but getting disappointed fans to support a TV show – and its much more limited budget – is a challenge for any project, let alone one with a movie franchise riding on it. Of course, we’d love to be proven wrong. After all, Wonder Woman fans were up in arms about the prospect of an Amazon origin story, and look how that turned out.

What is your immediate reaction to this news? Is a Flash TV series a mistake, or could the show’s creators be onto something? Sound off in the comments.


We’ll keep you updated on The Flash TV series and movie as more news develops.

Need a Flash fix right now? Check out our review of the Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox animated feature.

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Source: Deadline, THR

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  1. he show arrow, why is it even on the air

    • CW has discovered that making bad shows with super-heroes gets them slightly less awful ratings than their usual bad shows.

      since making good shows is apparently not something they’d consider doing, they now are specializing in making those bad shows and calling them “hits” with “dedicated viewers”.

      Apparently the heads of CBS and Warner don’t expect competence or performance from CW…

      • I bet you’ve never even watched Arrow.

      • you are the opposite of smart. Just trying to write that in a nice way. But seriously, what are you even doing here? If you think the shows are that bad, gtfo..

        • What would you do if you weren’t “trying to be nice”..? Spell out the “F” Word?

          Why is it so hard for you to accept that not everyone thinks that CW’s crappy shows are great. Actually, their ratings show most people think they’re bloody awful… ;)

  2. saw the extended trailer for the flash on cw, where the heck is velicity? i really liked her and barry :( please let her be with him!!!! wow wow wow sorry I’m actually watching the arrow while typing this, he loves velicity now? dang, why can’t they just have barry more in the arrow? I’m so mad, why are you doing this cw? but hey not all their shows are bad, i really like the 100, good show, but this the flash business, as much as i want to be for it, looks kinda dumb. I just hope I’m wrong.

  3. Wow theirs people on here that actually hate the tv show Arrow at the moment it’s one of my favorite TV shows besides Game Of Thrones and Silicon Valley. That being said I can not wait to see The Flash TV series. Also what do these people mean when they say Arrow has no fans or followers have you looked at their Facebook page lately over 4 million people like their page.(Off Topic A Bit)> People these days love to complain about everything I guess the big thing to complain about right now is the Superman vs Batman film I honestly believe in not criticizing something without seeing it yet yeah I know sounds crazy!

    • Dude, the people who doesn’t like the shows are retards. That’s my opinion anyway :P Arrow has 8,2 on IMDB, which is pretty damn good.. Just saw “the flash” episode 1, and I just can’t wait for more, and the fact they’re mixing the show with Arrow is awesome!

  4. I really wish DC live action series could live up to the quality of their animated counterparts. I really enjoyed Batman The Animated series, Superman, Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, and the various Direct to Video Animated films. I feel that Smallville and Arrow have fallen a bit short in terms of quality of narration, story development, and overall faithfulness of the characters. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen every episode of Smallville and Arrow and I enjoy it because you gotta love Boy Wonder and Bruce Wayne wannabe. But when you break the show down and how they’re carried, I don’t appreciate the creative decisions they make with the characters. It may be true that not everybody reads the comics and that they try to reach a larger demographic but nowadays all you have to do is read up the character sheet from Wikipedia to know the various backstories of a hero/villain. So when someone ignorant of DC characters sees Huntress show up on Arrow and looks her up on Wikipedia and she’s originally from Gotham, it’s a little infuriating. I mostly grew up watching the animated shows of various DC characters and I always wanted to see them in live action form, to me, Smallville and Arrow did not live to my expectations. I like the shows, don’t get me wrong, they’re well written and executed but the little things like changing the name of the city from Star City to Starling, the Huntress bit, all the stuff from Smallville that makes you wonder “do these people know Superman at all?” etc. In summary, my expectations to the new Flash show are really low, just as they were for Arrow, so my guess is when the series premiere comes along I won’t be set up for disappointment and I’ll just be happy if the dialogue is just as funny as it was on the animated show Justice League, I liked that Flash.

  5. Flash has always been one of my favorite DC characters (besides Batman and Superman) and I am thrilled to see that he is finally being brought back. Loved the old Flash tv series and hope this one turns out decent. Even if it turns out to be an epic fail I till watch it. Unlike Arrow, which I gave up on even before season one ended I will remain loyal to the Flash. And bring on the movie. :)

    • you gave up on Arrow in season 1? omg why? and if you’re gonna watch the flash, which is created by almost the exact same people (I just watched episode 1 of the flash, aand it’s pretty similar to Arrow, which is a good thing), you really should watch Arrow too, since the two shows will be mixed a bit together. Arrow has 8,2 on IMDB, that’s not because the show is bad, I’ll tell you that much.

      • With all due respect, the idea that Imdb ratings are meaningful is ludicrous, almost as ludicrous as the idea that an Emmy means anything when it comes to quality. ;)

        Nielsen ratings, however, speak volumes as to what the general public thinks of CW shows.

  6. I honestly wish DC could maybe stick with one thing for a while, seriously with all the cartoon shows they’ve done and then cancelled, it doesn’t exactly get me into the greatest of moods for arrow or the flash as I’m kinda half scared there just gonna cancel them, like the cancelled Young Justice or Batman Beyond (not schway at all man). Though I must admit I have watched all the episodes of Smallville and Arrow… Which I don’t if I could define watching Smallville the greatest use of my time…(At least they finished it though) So many things that DC tends to leave hanging, I’ve kinda learned not too expect a show to keep on continuing if its DC related, which is kinda sad. So many of the shows they create have great story lines, but then just stop mid-way through. I am still so angry/sad about Young Justice, gah words cannot explain the annoyance I feel towards that show. Damn this is a rant but so be it. All in all I guess I’m still looking forward to The Flash as he is probably my second favourite DC character Ooo maybe third, No wait fourth… Nightwing is #1, Batman is #2,then any of the Robins is #3 then of course then there’s Barry The Flash…okay I’d better stop, I’m embarrassing myself.
    Stay Schway…

    • I bet you that there’s 500 hundred spelling mistakes in this…

  7. I would like giving a chance to the flash tv series with arrow.Lets see how it do wonders with the viewers and fans.
    The trailer is good enough for me rest depend on the production of the series.

  8. I think that Flash is a great idea.I liked Arrow and cant wait for the premiere of Season 3.Im sorry but everyone who said Flash sucks are real LOSERS because you cant even make a series.I like Arrow and Flash so premiere it guys.THANKS :)

  9. I got the next superhero idea… Contact me via email creators of the arrow

  10. Wow in my opinion CW has te best shows out there I been watching shows in here fr the past 8 years. And I can’t wait for flash.

    • Given their ratings, only people who work at CW think they “have the best shows”… Are you one of them? ;)

  11. So i wondered if the people making the series are going to include The Flash with his best friend Robin/Boy Wonder or Nightwing?? if they were bestfriends??!!