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Arrow Debuts A “Funny” Flash This Week While Alex Kingston Might Be Ready To Return

Glee actor Grant Gustin debuts as Barry Allen tomorrow on The CW’s Arrow and I know a lot of folks are interested to see what they’ll do with him. Hit the jump to find out what the creators had to say about this latest incarnation of the classic character plus our first clip of Gustin in the role, and some details on a possible return for Doctor Who’s Alex Kingston

Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told reporters Arrow’s Barry is “outgoing and funny,” but also “sort of a squeaky wheel.” That lines up more with Wally West than Barry Allen in my mind, but then again, Arrow does take liberties with its DC characters. For instance, Gustin’s casting skews a bit younger than comic readers are used to. The Hollywood Reporter writes:

“It is an elephant in the room, so we addressed it,” Kreisberg said, acknowledging executive producer Greg Berlanti‘s suggestion that lines of dialogue be added about Gustin’s younger look. “The thing that was important to us was that he really should be a contrast to Oliver and to Stephen. Stephen is the traditional square-jawed, muscle-bound hero. That works really well, because he needs all that. One of the things about Flash is he’s a random guy who gets struck by lightning. He needs the bolt of lightning to be a hero in a way Stephen doesn’t.”

Berlanti also mentioned we’re likely to hear more about “The Flash” after his two-episode arc, much in the way we heard about Star Labs this season. So I guess that means more Channel 52 News reports. Here’s a brief clip from tomorrow’s episode.

As for the Kingston news, TV Line is reporting the actress will be reprising her role as Dinah Lance, mother to Laurel and Sara and ex-wife to Quentin, in episode 14 this season. That should be interesting…

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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  • AverageDrafter

    Not happy about the casting, and still in the air on how this TV stuff all plays into the overall DC cinematic world.

    But a live action Flash is still something to celebrate – if they can execute.

  • J Ritchey

    I don’t know if he seems quite like Barry, but in the clip he at least doesn’t come off as Wally (not cocky enough) or Bart (not so flighty). I can see this as an okay starting point, as long as he matures fairly quickly from here.

  • CyberIstari

    Neutral on the casting, but even Barry is funnier than most in the DC Universe, and agree on the contrast with Ollie.

  • Traceur

    Like many others the casting had me nervous but now that I’ve seen a glimpse of the Grant’s portrayal I think he will work. I wasn’t a DC reader when Barry was first introduced but it’s my understanding that he started out as somewhat geeky and a bit of a fanboy where other heroes were concerned. It’s nice to see that his chronic tardiness has been kept intact for this version of the character.

  • Jason Atkins

    Something to bear in mind is that we’re meeting Barry Allen tonight, not the Flash. This is Barry before he gets his powers, before he is a hero, etc.

    Also, several of the producers/etc have actually written for Barry in the comics, so rather than seeing someone else’s interpretation of the character (unlike Nolan, the cartoons, etc), we’re actually getting something a lot closer to what Barry is as far as the writers who write him are concerned. Whether I end up liking the character or not… that in itself is going to be an interesting insight, just as seeing the writers reinterpret Oliver for the show was interesting.

  • White Rose Brian

    Who else would be interested in seeing him fight a live-action Gorilla Grodd?

  • Laura Truxillo

    So…they made a Flash who is young, outgoing, funny, and kind of a squeaky wheel…


    #*!$(*$(%)@*#&!@*#&!!! Really, DC? *Really?!* Why do you even do this. There are at least TWO Flashes who fit that description perfectly, and neither of them are Barry Allen. If you’re going to repeatedly shove down our throats the idea that Barry Allen Is Best Flash, then freaking WRITE BARRY ALLEN. Don’t write Wally or Bart but call him Barry and pretend that it justifies your BARRY IS BEST obsession. If he was that wonderful, you could write him as he is.

    Or, y’know, you could bring back Wally and just have all the Flashes balance each other out.


  • Laura Truxillo

    Doubt it.

  • Alerrison

    I admittedly don’t know a lot about Barry because I haven’t had a lot of exposure to him. I’m just happy that I’m not looking at him and thinking Sebastian (Grant’s character on Glee), which is what I was really worried about. When it was just the pictures it was problematic because I couldn’t. Feeling better now.

  • AverageDrafter

    Right here. I also want the Cosmic Treadmill in the Flash Museum.

  • AverageDrafter

    His origin has him reading a golden age Flash comic book when the bolt that gives him his powers strikes. He names himself after Jay Garrick’s Flash even.

    This leads to one of comics most profound moments -Flash of Two Worlds.

  • Foxfire

    You want them to execute the Flash?!

    We haven’t even seen him yet.

  • Foxfire

    I would Grodd both of those episodes so hard.

  • Mark Brown

    He seems close enough to the version from the 90s series (who was my first introduction to the character; “my” Flash is Wally). Kinda an earnest, likeable doofus, with the capacity for something more.