However The CW’s other superhero series premiering this fall, The Flash, is very much an origin story, but one with a much different tone than that of its predecessor. Kreisberg also serves as executive producer on The Flash and he told THR the main story arc of the first season will be about Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) coming to terms with his new powers. Read Kreisberg’s quote:
It's Barry Allen coming to terms both physically and emotionally with what’s happened to him. He’s not really The Flash yet because he’s still in the early days. By the end of the year, he will come to resemble The Flash that we know from the comic books. That’s really the arc for the first year.
Greg Berlanti, executive producer of both The Flash and Arrow, also talked about the fledgling superhero series and how it differs from its precursor. Specifically, each series were born of two very different inspirations. While those behind Arrow were influenced by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, Berlanti looked to Dick Donner’s Superman films for The Flash -- they were inspired by the “heart and humor and scope and Americana.” In addition to the tone, the genres of the shows are different: “Arrow is a crime world and The Flash is a sci-fi world."
Berlanti also talked about the crossover episodes between Arrow and The Flash. The Arrow himself will appear in episode 1 of The Flash, Felicity in episode 4, and there will be a 2-hour event in both show’s eighth episode. The series will each have their own villains for episode 8 that will help keep the shows separate, but there will be an “overarching story” that will tie it all together. Berlanti said of the event: “I just know that it’s something, as a fan, I would want desperately."
In terms of the highly anticipated appearances of Captain Cold and Firestorm, Berlanti explained that Miller has only signed on for one episode, but hopes the actor will return. Similarly, the younger Amell will appear in at least three episodes throughout The Flash’s first 13-episode run, but Kreisberg said they’re leaving room for him to return. Read Kreisberg’s quote:
Having Ronnie be Caitlin’s fiancé brings up great story lines for Caitlin and great stories for Barry. Barry is someone who’s learning to love and enjoy his powers and when we meet Ronnie, you’re going to see somebody who’s a lot more damaged by the experience. As always, any of these external characters are there to mirror what’s going on with our core characters.
Though The Flash seems to be relying heavily on Arrow tie-ins and familiar names from the comic books in order to launch the show, early reactions to the pilothave been largely favorable. Whether The Flash will be able to keep pace with recurring characters while also developing their main cast remains to be seen. Berlanti and Kreisberg have revealed some compelling story arcs for the first season, but we won’t know how successful they’ve been in creating a cohesive television series until The Flash debuts in the fall.
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The Warner Bros./DC Entertainment television panel at San Diego Comic-Con will be held @8PM on Saturday, July 26th.
Arrow season 3 Premieres on Wednesday, October 8th @ 8/7c on The CW.
The Flash premieres Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 @8PM on The CW.