Arrow producer promises Flash spinoff will have 'more of a sci-fi bent’

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Feb 6, 2014, 3:54 PM EST

Though The CW has already established a pretty compelling slice of the DC universe with Arrow, producer Greg Berlanti promises they’ll be digging into a whole new corner with the new Flash series. The biggest change? It’ll have a lot more sci-fi.

In a chat with Digital Spy, Berlanti said they’ll be shooting for an entirely different tone and approach with The Flash, sprinkling in more super-powered characters and science fiction storylines. A lot of that will apparently be connected to the particle accelerator accident that supercharged Barry Allen.

Here’s an excerpt:

"Barry (Grant Gustin) is different from Oliver (Stephen Amell). He’s a man of science and has more of a sci-fi bent, whereas Arrow has a bit more of a crime bent...we've talked a lot on Arrow about the particle collider and Harrison Wells and S.T.A.R. Labs and so you'll see S.T.A.R. Labs as an active part of the show. Fingers crossed we don't screw it up and he gets his own show! If he didn't, I don't think we would ever want to let Grant go. He's too valuable. That would be our hope, I think - no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe.”

Berlanti also had a very interesting take on how the two heroes differ, noting that Oliver is dark with a hopeful attitude, while Barry seems positive on the outside but harbors a deep sadness because of what happened with his parents. It’s an interesting take on the characters, and you can really start to see the yin and yang come through:

“We often talk about how Oliver comes off like a pessimist, but deep down he's an optimist and has hope. Barry lost his mother at a very young age, his father was sent to prison for murdering his mom, he went through a lot of stuff - on the surface he's bubbly and upbeat and seems like an optimist, but deep down maybe there's no hope left. So they're a really nice contrast to each other and the show functions in that way, I think. Certainly in the pilot script Barry has an effervescence and a lightness, but there's still a dark well beneath that."

New episodes of Arrow are currently airing on Wednesday nights. The Flash series recently received a pilot order and could show up this fall. Do you think there's room for both heroes on the schedule?

(Via Digital Spy)