Arrow exec explains why Flash gets his own pilot (and teases how it'll work)

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Dec 3, 2013, 11:25 AM EST

We recently heard the Flash would be getting his own full-fledged pilot -- instead of a backdoor pilot piggybacking on Arrow -- and producer Andrew Kreisberg is here to explain why that’s a good thing.

We’ll get to meet Grant Gustin’s version of Barry Allen (aka the future Flash) this week on Arrow, and producers had planned to introduce the concepts for a Flash spinoff with a backdoor pilot in episode 20 of Arrow next year. But the network has now decided to give Flash his own proper pilot episode (with a bigger budget), and Kreisberg says that should make things run a lot smoother.

He told TV Line that episode 20 will now be “an episode of Arrow,” which worked out well because the backdoor pilot concept had messed with the pacing, as “[they] were going to have to take a right turn [from] where we were in our ongoing story to incorporate that.” So a separate pilot should give Flash’s universe room to breathe, without cramming it into the Arrow narrative.

But that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of that connective tissue that has been sprinkled around much of season two. Though Flash will be heading off to his own pilot episode, Kreisberg said we’ll still be hearing about “what happened to him in the way that you’re hearing now about Star Labs on the periphery, and certainly in terms of Felicity since she has a connection with him.”


As for the new pilot? DC comics chief Geoff Johns promised they’ll be using “a lot of mythology and characters from the comics,” while producer Greg Berlanti said they’ll use the extra time to have “reimagined the character’s origin and to have it be so emotional and to now actually be able to render that in pilot form has been terrific.”

Though Flash is obviously the biggest shift into the deeper DC universe, Kreisberg teased that the new series could go a long way into blowing the wider comic-book world wide open — noting there’s even “a hint of a major character in the [Flash] pilot,” though it could still be axed before we see the episode.

He also explained how the character of Flash will differ from Arrow, which is an intriguing insight into the approach of the new series: “[Barry] needs the bolt of lightning to be a hero in a way [Oliver] doesn’t need the bolt of lightning.” Johns broke it down like this: “[Oliver] needs the heart, Barry has the heart. [Oliver] has the body, Barry needs the body.” We’d imagine that’s where the superpowers come in.

How do you think Barry Allen’s introduction will work out this week? Are you looking forward to the spinoff? 

(Via TV Line)