'Arrow' Showrunner Compares Flash's Introduction to Marvel's Shared Movie Universe

Arrow Showrunner Talks Flash TV Show

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 Amazon - would 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.

The DC Universe

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

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.

Flash Appearing on Arrow TV Show

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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Source: Comic Book Resources

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