Turns out Arrow S2 will have a LOT more Flash than we thought

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Jul 31, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

You know that potential Flash spinoff The CW is prepping for next season of Arrow? Turns out we’ll be getting a lot more super-speed than we thought.

The CW has revealed that their version of Barry Allen, aka the Flash, will be introduced in episodes 8-9 of season two, before launching into a full backdoor pilot in episode 20. 

That means we’ll have three times more Flash than we thought, and we’ll finally get to meet Arrow’s first superpowered character a lot sooner than expected. Yay!

Producer Andrew Kreisberg teased they’ll have a unique spin on the character, which is easy to believe, considering how much their adaptation of Green Arrow has tweaked and expanded on the comic canon (in a good way). Not surprisingly, the words “human” and “grounded” were thrown around a lot.

Here’s what he had to say via The Hollywood Reporter:

"When we first meet Barry Allen, he's just a forensic scientist … an ordinary man. Part of the fun for the audience … is to see how we view our Arrow take on the Flash legacy. Some of it will feel very familiar to DC Comics, some of it hopefully will feel different, fresh and exciting. The same way we approached Arrow is the same way we're approaching Barry.

"The fact he has superpowers, there's something more relatable about Barry among the Big Seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident; he's not a god, he's not an alien … his reactions to that feel very … human and grounded."

Kreisberg admitted they’re still figuring out how to do the Flash’s super-speed effects on a TV budget, but promised they’re wanting to do something “fresh,” meaning we hopefully won’t be seeing the cliched old blur effects.

Oh, and in case you’re worried they’ll toss his costume and trademark name (we’re looking at you, Smallville)? The producers promise the character will be called the Flash —and he’ll be rocking his trademark red suit.

Are you excited that Flash is about to become a major part of Arrow season two, or were you hoping for a different spinoff (Wonder Woman, perhaps)? 

(Via The Hollywood Reporter)