The Flash is The CW’s longest-running series at the moment but who plays the Arrowverse’s Scarlet Speedster?
The Flash is one of the longest-running shows on TV today. It’s about to become the second-longest-running superhero series (behind The CW’s own Smallville) when it enters its ninth season later this year, at which point it will also surpass its own parent show, Arrow, as the longest-running series in the Arrowverse.
The show debuted on The CW back in 2014 as the first Arrowverse spin-off and it has since gone on to become The CW’s biggest hit, bringing in consistently high viewing figures throughout its first few seasons – and to this day it remains among the network’s three most-watched shows.
Arguably the most popular superhero TV series of all time, a lot of its popularity and success can be attributed to the man behind the mask. If you don’t know his name, however, you should. And with that, allow us to introduce you to Barry Allen.
Who plays The Flash in The CW TV series?
Grant Gustin plays The Flash on the CW’s long-running series. Having made himself a household name after his appearance as Sebastian Smythe on Glee, Gustin guest-starred in two episodes of Arrow as Central City’s quirky CSI Barry Allen. While he was supposed to return for a third, which would have served as a backdoor pilot for The Flash, he proved to be so popular that The CW just went ahead and ordered a separate pilot for the show instead.
He has since led eight seasons of The Flash, also reprising his role as the Scarlet Speedster in subsequent episodes of Arrow, as well as episodes of Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman. He also voiced the character in animated Arrowverse spin-off Vixen.
Outside of the Arrowverse and Glee, he has appeared in an episode of CSI: Miami and TV movie A Mother’s Nightmare. He also had a supporting role in the film Krystal and led the Netflix movie Rescued By Ruby.
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