Grant Gustin, otherwise known as Glee nemesis and former Warbler leader Sebastian Smythe, is going from singing to speeding when he joins the CW’s Arrow in its second season as Barry Allen aka The Flash.
Gustin will premiere as Barry in episode eight and nine.
He will then appear again in episode 20 that will serve as the backdoor pilot for a potential Flash spinoff.
The casting was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter (THR) and goes on to describe Barry as “a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling City 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.”
On being cast as the soon to be superhero, Gustin told THR that he is “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.”
The episode that will feature Gustin will be written by DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns (who penned a couple of Arrow episodes last season as well as several Smallville episodes too), and the show’s executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti.
The producers also promise to address how they will give Barry the Flash’s famous superspeed since Arrow doesn’t feature anybody with super powers but a show more grounded in reality.
The THR article noted that producers will handle the introduction of Barry’s superspeed in a way that isn’t commonplace. “There will be extraordinary events in the world and the characters will react in the same way,” Kreisberg said.
The second season of Arrow will air on the CW on October 9, 2013.