Good news everyone: Barry Allen is going to be a part of the “Arrow” tapestry even if it turns out he can’t support his own show.
That’s straight from someone who should know, “Arrow” producer Greg Berlanti. He recently told Digital Spy that he’d welcome Allen back because of the man playing him should the need arise.
“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 [Gustin] go. He’s too valuable. That would be our hope, I think – no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe.”
Of course, the much more preferable outcome would be seeing “The Flash” succeed with its pilot and go on to a full season order. Berlanti also says in the interview that the show would have more sci-fi and super-powered elements than “Arrow,” which should make it a nice alternative to the relatively grounded adventures of Oliver Queen — though since it’s also going to be on the CW, it should have plenty of soap opera threads as well.
And hey, Gustin only needs to make it two seasons to outlast John Wesley Shipp’s turn as the Fastest Man Alive back in 1990. The climate for super hero shows is so much more receptive now, I’m guessing he will.
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