I’ll be the first to say that I was waaaaaaaaaay off.
Welp, there goes my pro-Australian argument.
Anyways, about a week or two ago, I posted about possible people that were up for the role of the The Flash/Barry Allen on this upcoming season of Arrow and it seems that those rumors have been dispelled.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Grant Gustin (Glee) has clinched the quintessential role. Gustin will be appearing in three episodes of Arrow (episodes eight, nine, and twenty, specifically) and the last episode he appears in will serve as his backdoor pilot for the potential Flash spinoff series.
Most of the Arrow team (co-creators Greg Berlant, and Andrew Kriesberg, director David Nutter, and writer/consultant Geoff Johns) will be lending their talents to the aforementioned spinoff.
The Barry Allen that the Arrow series will be focusing on is described as “a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante” (The Hollywood Reporter).
I’ve only got one thing to say to that:
And apparently, Kriesberg shares my excitement:
“Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we’re approaching Barry.”
He also had something to say to those who were worried that the introduction of Allen’s superpowers would change the dynamic of the Arrow series:
“There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way.”
You can read more about that here.
I’m going to ignore that Lifetime credit because Lifetime is….Lifetime (you can read more about that here).
Granted, I’m semi-skeptical of the guy (but I’m skeptical of everything, so that doesn’t mean much), but I think he’ll bring his best when he steps into the role. He’s even really pumped for it and apparently, he’s a longtime fan of DC:
“I’m unbelievably excited. I’ve been a lifelong fan of DC Comics, so I can’t be more honored and can’t wait to get started.” He recently told THR.
Well, there you have it.
I’m neither happy or pissed about the announcement; so I guess that’s a good thing?
What do you guys think? Is he right for the role? Let me know in the comments below!
(Arrow returns October 9th, 2013)
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Images From: Vulture.com, Comicvine.com