ARROW Pinpoints GLEE’s Grant Gustin as The Flash
Call it keeping up with Marvel. ARROW was a breakout hit for the CW this fall, quickly finding its stride with audiences. Few were surprised when it was announced that the Arrow universe, which has already included popular DC characters like The Huntress and Deadshot, would be incorporating other DC heroes into Starling City. Friday it was announced that GLEE alum Grant Gustin has been cast to play Barry Allen, better known as The Flash, in the popular CW series.
The Flash will reportedly be introduced in episode 8 of the upcoming second season, and will be featured multiple times throughout the year. One of the episodes will serve as a backdoor pilot for a series starring Gutin as the superhero. It has been revealed that Barry Allen will be introduced as a Central City forensic scientist who is fascinated with The Hood, Oliver Queen’s crime-fighting secret identity. Arrow Executive Producer Andrew Kreisberg describes Barry Allen as, “just an ordinary man.”
Gustin will look familiar to fan’s of the popular Fox dramedy Glee, where he has played Sebastian Smythe since 2011. Prior to this, Gustin had a recurring role in the attempted CW reboot of 90210.
This casting news follows on the heels of DC Comics San Diego Comic Con announcement that the sequel to their summer tentpole film, MAN OF STEEL, would feature a team-up between legendary crime-fighters Superman and Batman. Is the addition of The Flash to the Arrow universe a sign that DC is attempting to follow Marvel’s lead and build a world featuring their best characters, rather than simply a number of stand-alone films?
The second season of “Arrow” premieres October 9 as the anchor of CW’s Wednesday night line-up. The drama will serve as a lead-in to the network’s new series THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. Are you excited to see The Flash in Starling City? Would you be interested in watching the character’s up-coming stand-alone pilot?