The CW had a successful series about Superman’s teen years with Smallville and it is currently finding similar success with Arrow, which depicts the evolution of Oliver Queen as he makes his way to becoming the Green Arrow. Now the CW wants to add The Flash to their list of comic-book inspired series.
As first reported by Deadline, the network is fast tracking Flash, a show from those that brought us Arrow: Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg.
It seems that Flash has taken priority over Amazon, the potential CW show that would have depicted Wonder Woman’s origins. While there was initial interest in Amazon, Forbes reports that this project is on hold due to scripting problems.
According to the article, Flash is positioned as a spin-off of Arrow. The Flash is expected to be introduced this season on Arrow but it is unknown if he will have his famous superpower considering no one on that show has powers.
The pilot is being written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment Geoff John’s, who penned a couple of Arrow episodes last season as well as several Smallville episodes. The pilot will be directed by David Nutter, who also directed the pilots for Arrow and Smallville. Looking at that track record, it would seem inevitable that this show will get the greenlight to become a series.
As noted by Deadline, The Flash was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert. The Flash is a name shared by several comic book superheroes from the DC universe. All incarnations possess “super-speed” or an ability to run and move extremely fast and use superhuman reflexes. The second Flash, Barry Allen, is said to feature in the new show.
This isn’t the first time a live-action Flash will be brought to TV screens as a series. In 1990, CBS featured the superhero and starred John Wesley Shipp, who played Barry Allen. A version of the Flash, known as Impulse, was also featured in several episodes of Smallville and was played by Kyle Gallner.
Will The Flash make it all the way to a permanant time slot, or will it join Wonder Woman in limbo?