The Flash is getting his very own show on the CW.
Although initial reports suggested that the superhero was headed to the big screen, these rumors turned out to be false. Instead, Warner Bros. announced that the character would star in a new series.
The team that brought Arrow to life has been tasked with developing the adaptation for the CW. David Nutter, who directed episodes of The X-Files and Homeland, has been tapped to direct the pilot.
CW president Mark Pedowitz confirmed The Flash TV series during the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend in Beverly Hills.
We plan to introduce a recurring character [on Arrow] and an origin story for Dr. Barry Allen, who you know as The Flash. We’ll see how it goes. Hopefully it will go well. We do want to expand upon the DC universe. We think that there are rich characters that we can use and we thought this was a very organic way to get there.
Pedowitz said he originally contacted DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson last year about the possibility of developing a series based on the character. Instead of jumping right into a new show, the network decided to explore the character’s origins on Arrow.
The Flash, otherwise known as Barry Allen, is expected to make his first appearance on the hit CW series this fall. His storyline will reportedly continue into next year. An actor hasn’t been chosen to play the character as of this writing.
“We’re just beginning to cast. I’m from the old school. TV creates stars. If we get a name great, if we don’t get a name, they’ll become a name,” Pedowitz said.
This isn’t the first time The Flash has been adapted for the small screen. Warner Bros. Television debuted The Flash starring John Wesley Shipp and Mark Hamill back in 1990. Danny Elfman provided the score while Stan Winston constructed the costume. Unfortunately, the show only lasted one season.
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