The CW has changed its plans for its proposed standalone TV series based on the DC comics hero The Flash.
Actor Grant Gustin was originally slated to play the role in three episodes of the currently airing second season of “Arrow” – episodes 8, 9 and 20. Gustin would only appear as Barry Allen in the first two episodes, and then become The Flash in that last one which would have served as a backdoor pilot for “The Flash” series.
While the already shot episodes 8 & 9 remain unchanged, plans for episode 20 have been scrapped. Instead, The CW have opted to do a traditional standalone “The Flash” pilot which is where Gustin’s character will slip into the red costume for the first time.
The decision was reportedly made after those first two episodes were watched by network brass who were extremely happy with the results. As a result, the standalone pilot allows the creators to flesh out the character and his environment more – while still linking the series to the “Arrow” universe via the earlier episodes.
The same creative team remains involved in the spin-off including “Arrow” co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, series scribe Geoff Johns and director David Nutter.
Of course, this means the 20th episode of the second season of “Arrow” will now have to be redesigned and producers are expected to discuss their ideas for the episode with the network this coming week.