1st look at Grant Gustin as The CW's Flash in Arrow (plus pilot news!)

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Nov 18, 2013, 4:20 PM EST

It’s been the subject of a boatload of fan debate, but now we finally have our first look at Grant Gustin as Barry Allen on Arrow. So how’s it look?

Not terrible, though Gustin definitely looks baby-faced while standing among the weathered Starling City gang (though we suppose that’s on purpose). Gustin will, of course, be introduced as Barry Allen in the upcoming eighth and ninth episodes of Arrow season two — before spinning off into his own series as The Flash.

Gustin’s Allen, a Central City police scientist, visits Starling City to investigate a seemingly impossible robbery at Queen Consolidated — which, of course, has him crossing paths with Oliver and his merry gang of crime fighters.


Whatever you think of these pics of Gustin in character, the folks at the network are apparently very impressed with his take on Barry Allen. So much, in fact, they’ve opted to nix the proposed backdoor pilot that was supposed to air next year as episode 20 of Arrow, and instead tell the Flash origin story in a full-fledged pilot episode.

As for when we’ll actually get to see that Flash pilot? We have no clue. But if the network is this impressed with Gustin, we’d think a series order could be on the way soon (assuming the pilot is up to snuff). Here's hoping they'll show off the pilot early, packaged with a late-season episode of Arrow, so we can get a taste of the concept.

What do you think? Do you believe this guy could be Barry Allen?

(Via TV Line)