Arrow producer reveals how they made that controversial Flash casting call

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Oct 3, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

We haven’t even gotten to see young Grant Gustin suit up as the Flash on season two of Arrow, but fans are already divided on the decision to let the Glee actor bring Barry Allen to life. So why did the producers pick Gustin?

Producer Andrew Kreisberg had a chat with Zap2It about the casting move, and noted Gustin was actually the first actor to read for the part — and he positively blew them all away with his take on the character.

He likened the experience to the casting of Arrow star Stephen Amell (who is awesome in that role, we might add), so it’s nice to see the producers have this much confidence in Gustin to carry his own series. Here’s hoping the 23-year-old actor is up to the task.

Here’s Kreisberg’s explanation, where he also teases how Gustin’s character will fit into the Arrow-verse: 

“Grant — just like Stephen [Amell] ironically — was the first person that we saw say the lines. We met with a lot of other really talented people ... And it was funny, as each one of us were working on individual scenes and whatnot, we all sort of came together and said, 'We're all writing Grant.' It was just him, just in the same way it was just Stephen.

With 'Arrow,' we wrote it with nobody in mind. Now, when we go into writing our actual pilot episode -- episode 20 [of 'Arrow'] -- we already have our guy. And we've already seen him on screen."

The character of Barry Allen will be introduced in episodes 8-9, with episode 20 serving as a “backdoor pilot” to show fans (and the network) exactly how a Flash series would work.

What do you think of the casting choice? Is Gustin the man for the job?

(Via Zap2It)