‘Arrow’ Season 2: The Flash Casting Announcement Coming Soon?
We're still not certain exactly how 'Arrow' season 2 will adapt famous DC 'Justice League'-r The Flash into its more grounded, realistic take on superheroics, but it seems a name to fill the iconic red costume will soon be upon us. New reports suggest that Dr. Barry Allen will begin filming before the end of the month, meaning our Flash will soon reveal himself!
Entertainment Weekly broke the news, revealing through executive producer Andrew Kreisberg that production on Barry Allen's introduction will begin September 30, dictating that a casting announcement would arrive sometime before. "There is that timeline,” says Kreisberg of the upcoming announcement. “But it’s been a really exciting process just getting to meet so many fantastic actors and seeing the enthusiasm that so many people around town have for the character. It’s just amazing."
And while we know 'Arrow's Flash to first appear as Dr. Barry Allen in the eighth and ninth episodes of the season, later recurring in the 20th as a backdoor pilot to his own potential spinoff series, less clear is the CW Flash's potential to correlate to any future 'Justice League' movie plans. We'd think it unlikely The CW would cast an actor with enough star power for Warner Bros. to indoctrinate him to the cinematic 'Justice League,' especially given 'Arrow''s recent announcement of DC go-between Amanda Waller likely confirms the properties to keep separate.
Back in July, Kreisberg spoke of the decision to incorporate 'Flash' into the non-superpowered 'Arrow,' and the distinct relationship that forms between Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and the Scarlet Speedster:
Despite the fact that he’s got superpowers, I think there’s something really relatable about Barry — of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out.
These powers came to him and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded…. Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul and Barry is not. I think it will be fun to see these two characters together because they have distinctly different world views.
In addition to incorporating references to, Metamorpho, and The Atom, ‘Arrow’ season 2 will pick up on October 9 some time after the events of season 1 finale “Sacrifice,” continuing its ‘Batman Begins’-influenced storytelling with the addition of new villains Isabel Rochev (Summer Glau), Bronze Tiger (Michael Jai White), Brother Blood (Kevin Alejandro), League of Assasins member Al-Owal (‘Homeland”s Navid Negahban) and DC character Sin (‘The Killing”s Bex Taylor Klaus). Guest stars Colton Haynes (Roy Harper), Emily Bett Rickards (Felicity Smoak) and Manu Bennett (Slade Wilson) have all been upgraded to series regulars for the second year in Starling City.
Well, what say you? Whom do you think might get the call to portray the Flash when 'Arrow' begins shooting for its superpowered spinoff? Watch the latest 'Arrow' season 2 trailer below, and give us your casting picks in the comments!