So, here’s the deal: DC Comics character Barry Allen, better known to many as The Flash, is coming to Arrow in Season 2, opening up the world to the larger DC universe. It could lead into a Flash spin-off if all goes well.
Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg are writing the episodes to introduce Barry, which will see him coming to Starling City in episodes 8 and 9 of Season 2. We’ll see Barry Allen a third time in Arrow Season 2, in episode 20 which will be directed by pilot master David Nutter (helmer of the first episodes of Arrow and Smallville) and, we hope, lead into a show of his own.
Here are some new tidbits from Johns and Kreisberg, gleaned from a press call held this afternoon:
– Barry Allen in the Arrow universe is “just an ordinary forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department” when we first meet him, Andrew Kreisberg tells us. “As we always do on Arrow, we try to keep things as grounded and realistic as possible, and that is the way the audience will be introduced to Barry and get to know him before his life gets a little bit faster.”
– “That’s part of the fun for the audience, for the ride, to see how we do our ‘Arrow take’ on The Flash legacy,” Kreisberg says about whether or not we’ll see his powers on Arrow. “All that said, he does need powers to become The Flash,” Geoff Johns adds. “He will be The Flash.”
– Johns compares Barry Allen’s arrival on Arrow as being like Barry’s arrival in the comics in Showcase #4, when he ushered in a Silver Age of DC super heroes. “In the same way, he’s going to usher in some new and pretty insane concepts to the Arrow world, but like Andrew said, in a very grounded way.” Characters we know from Arrow will react to the extraordinary changes to their world, hopefully in a very realistic way. “These ‘powers’ won’t be treated as commonplace on the show. They will be extraordinary events, and the world and the characters in them will react accordingly,” Kreisberg says. Barry’s presence is “in addition to Arrow.” “We’re not trying to take away anything from Arrow; we’re really trying to add to Arrow,” Kreisberg adds.
– Doing The Flash as a spin-off was an idea that came from Greg Berlanti. The Flash has always been a favorite for him, and of course has always been well loved by Johns and Kreisberg.
– Kreisberg sees “something very relatable” about Barry Allen. “He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out… it sort of came to him, and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded. I know we use that word a lot in Arrow, but that’s really the way it feels,” Kreisberg says. “Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul, and Barry is not. I think it’ll be a fun by-play to see these two characters together, because they both have distinctly different world views, while both caring deeply about right and wrong.”
– “We’re really focusing on making these episodes the very, very best they can be. Flash deserves it,” Johns says.
– “He’s a cop. He follows the law, he follows the rules… the last thing in the world he would ever think about is being a vigilante,” Geoff Johns says when detailing differences between him and Oliver. Kreisberg says that Oliver and Barry will learn from each other.
– Casting for the role of Barry Allen was waiting for today’s news to come out first. Now that it’s out there, the search can begin.
– The visual effects for The Flash will be unlike nothing we’ve seen before from the character on things like Smallville or the old Flash TV show. Some inspiration may come from the artwork done by Francis Manapul in The Flash comics from DC Comics.
– As Barry’s first visit to Arrow will be in Starling City, we probably will not see other characters from the Flash world until Episode #2.20 of Arrow.
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The Flash: Eric Wallace Discusses Barry’s Coming Crisis
The Flash EP Eric Wallace discusses what the Crisis on Infinite Earths will mean for Barry and Iris.
Warning: Spoilers for the Flash Season 6 premiere “Into the Void” are being discussed here.
A Crisis is coming… Crisis on Infinite Earths, that is… and on December 10, 2019… Barry Allen is destined to die. And the story engine will guide The Flash Season 6 toward exciting places.
“Crisis turned out to be the best thing that could have happened — I can’t speak for the other shows, but I certainly speak for The Flash — because it created an immediacy to things,” Executive Producer Eric Wallace recently said in a group Q&A. “We know that December 10, 2019, The Flash will die. He just said it. We’re not messing around. So as a married couple, [Barry and Iris] can count the number of days and weeks. The countdown begins next week. What kind of urgency does that give them? An extreme one. It turns the dial up to 10, and it makes you think, ‘Is every moment together our last? What can we do? Should we fight this? Is it inevitable? These are all the things that they’re grappling with for these next seven episodes, because eight ends, and it’s Crisis time, and it’s time to go off to, literally, cosmic war. So the relationship is strained. But it’s also going to bring them closer together than ever before, because that’s what tragedy does,” he continued.
And how is this different from Season 3, when they saw that Iris was destined to die?
“You should watch next week, when that exact question is asked and answered,” Wallace explained. “That is literally the plot. What this story has enabled us to do is to look back at any other time when somebody was facing life and death, and see how they reacted then. So in the writers’ room, we had a lengthy discussion about how it’s the other side of the coin. We know how they reacted with Iris. How will they react next week? And I will tell you — no spoilers — it’s different. It’s not the same, because of what they learn next week. That’s the great part of the story. The Monitor showing up and kind of making a cosmic pronouncement drives you to extremes in order to fight against or accept the coming Crisis. And every episode this season – 602, 3, 4, 5 and 6, especially — are all about, ‘Do I accept death? Or do I fight it?;’ That’s also the reason why Bloodwork is the villain this season. The villain, as we now know, has HLH cancer and is dying. So for the first time in the show’s history, we have a villain and a protagonist who are going through the same thing. It’s the reason Bloodwork was chosen as a villain this season. It was very deliberate, because they’re going to learn about halfway through the season, ‘Maybe we’re not so different? And what does that mean?”
And finally, do Barry and Oliver know about their respective interactions with The Monitor (LaMonica Garrett) this season?
“No, and boy, I wonder what will happen when they both find out. [Laughs] It’s good stuff. It’s so great, ’cause I can’t tell you when it happens,” Wallace said excitedly. “But I will tell you that is a scene that happened and is a moment, and it is coming. Lets just say people might get pissed off a little,” he laughed.
The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.
Flash EP Discusses Killer Frost’s New Status Quo
Eric Wallace discusses the new status quo for Killer Frost in The Flash Season 6.
As we saw in tonight’s Flash season premiere “Into the Void,” Killer Frost (Danielle Panabaker) is going to be able to live a little bit of a life of her own. What does that mean for her future?
New showrunner Eric Wallace was asked that very question.
“Now that she has a life coach?” he joked, referring to Ralph’s offer. “I will tell you, and again, no spoilers, it has been a pure delight writing Killer Frost this season, because she’s much more in the forefront than Caitlin is.”
“That life coach stuff starts next week in 602,” Wallace teased. “It’s like the second scene and we honor the promise of the premise.We deliver. And it’s it’s led to these hilarious situations. Because basically, it’s like when we talked of her almost as a teenager who finally got the keys to the car but doesn’t know how to drive. We’ve got to drive to go to the store, to get the groceries, to get some wine, to meet your boyfriend, or to go to the movies, or whatever. So everything is new through her eyes, which means she’s gonna make some mistakes, which is great, it’s gonna lead to some more tears, but then at the end, she’s going to grow into something that didn’t exist before. Maybe you do lose that Killer. Maybe it’s just Frost waiting down the line.”
Photos from the second episode of The Flash Season 6, “A Flash of the Lightning,” can be found here.
New Showrunner Eric Wallace Outlines His Plan For The Flash Season 6
New Flash showrunner Eric Wallace talks about his plan for The Flash Season 6.
Yesterday, The CW hosted a screening for the first episode of The Flash Season 6 “Into The Void” — you can see some preview images here — and following the screening, new showrunner and Executive Producer Eric Wallace talked to press in a Q&A. But before he began his interview, he told us of his overall plan for what fans should get from The Flash Season 6 as a whole.
“Usually, one of about two or three things happen in the sixth season of a hit show: snooze-ville, and it goes into cruise mode, and you know, no one really cares, but you kinda watch it because it’s habit. You make your beans while you watch it, you eat it, no big deal,” Wallace illustrated. “Or crash and burn! ‘Oh my! That used to be my favorite show, and I can’t stand it anymore!’ Or third, hopefully [laughs], what we’re going for this season, we’re not looking at this as Season 6 of a show. We’re looking at it as Season 1 of a show. I’m trying very hard, my staff’s trying very hard, the cast and crew, everybody, to reward all of the fans who’ve been watching for five years. And as a thank you, we’re going to try and not give them the exact same thing they’ve gotten for five years, not that it wasn’t great. We love it. I truly love it, because I was a fan of the show before I started working on it.”
“But as a reward, we’re trying some new things,” Wallace continued. “I don’t know if you guys heard at Comic-Con, this is the season of thrills and chills. … But that is kind of the goal. But it’s one of those things where we want to not just keep the joy and the spectacle and the tears. We want to expand upon it. This is the season opener, so there’s only so much you can do in one episode. But the new format of the show, which is graphic novel number one, which just began here…it’s a self-contained story,” he said, pointing to the Ramsey Rossa (Sendhil Ramamurthy) story that begins in the season premiere.
“His story begins, it burns very hot,” Wallace explained. “By the time we get to 603, 604, we’re in cuckoo town, essentially. I mean that in the best way, because the story ends in 608. That’s wrapped up. The end. We go to Crisis. And then, starting at 610, it’s a brand new story, graphic novel #2… so it’s given, I think, the season, again, [has] a new fresh energy that I’m hoping is that reward to all the people who’ve been watching for five seasons. I’ve been watching for five seasons, too. I love Zoom, Reverse Flash, Savitar, all the gang. But sometimes me and my wife and my child will watch and go, ‘Dude, shouldn’t he have caught him by now? It’s like Episode 17.’ It’s normal. It’s perfectly normal to think that. And it’s part of the fun, because it’s 22-episode season. But I think folks are in for a little bit of a fresh surprise. We hope everybody enjoys it,” he said.
The Flash Season 6 premieres Tuesday, October 8, and you can find our video interview with Eric Wallace from Comic-Con below. Read more Flash Season 6 coverage here!
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