The CW’s new Flash series has become one of the biggest hits of the season, and producer Greg Berlanti promises they’ve only just begun digging into the DC canon.
The Arrow spinoff series has been loaded with comic easter eggs ever since the pilot, and Berlanti said they plan on paying off at least one of those tidbits soon. As most keen-eyed viewers noticed, the destroyed S.T.A.R. Labs included an empty cage with a “Grodd” nameplate — then the final scene of last week’s episode dropped a major monkey tidbit.
In regards to Grodd, Berlanti told TV Line it’s a storyline they plan to introduce even deeper into the mythology by the end of the first season:
“I wouldn’t say teased. I would say we’re going to deal with it this year. The comparison I make is a little bit to Slade the first year on Arrow in the sense of we started with the mask in the pilot and then we saw which way we were going. He was, ultimately, in the back half of that first season even more than we would ever do with Grodd this first year because… We’re going to have to get the technology right and all the stuff right to make it look and feel real. But a lot of times, we do this stuff not as a tease as much as a challenge to ourselves of, ‘Can we do it?’ Grodd’s definitely one of those, so we hope we pull it off.”
Another storyline central to The Flash is the concept of time travel, and Berlanti said they’ll actually be dealing with that in an upcoming episode by midway through the first season. Considering that all the hints that have already been dropped up to this point, we can’t wait to see how they handle it:
“That is the one that we deal with directly in the winter. We, obviously, hint at it from the pilot episode. That is a big — ‘theme’ is the wrong word for it — but that is a big part of the DNA of who The Flash was, so we do deal with that.”
We’re gearing up for the first big crossover with Arrow on Dec. 2-3, but Berlanti revealed they’re already cooking up plans for another crossover event that would likely fall late in the current seasons of both shows:
“We just started talking about that. It’s so much fun to do. They’re so hard to do. But I think they’ll be so rewarding for everybody, ultimately, that that’s our hope, for sure.”
The Flash airs Tuesday nights on The CW. What do you think of the current season? Do you want to see Grodd and time travel?
(Via TV Line)