While the DC Universe is expanding in fits and starts on cinema screens with the recent announcement of the Batman/Superman film at Comic-Con, the other major superheroes from the canon are having a tougher time of it. It appears, however, that Barry Allen – one of the people who filled the Flash’s suit through the years – will be getting his chance on TV, via Arrow.
Talking at the Television Critics Association press tour, The CW's network boss,Mark Pedowitz, dropped word that the start of Allen's tale will be told in an episode of the show, which chronicles the adventures of Green Arrow.
"We're planning an origin story," Pedowitz said. "We'll see how it goes. Hopefully it'll go well. We do want to expand on the DC universe." Assuming it goes well, we could see a Flash TV show joining Arrow on screens, although that has yet to be decided.
A big factor might be Warner Bros.’ plans for the character in cinemas, especially in light of the planned Justice League film. The companies have traditionally shied away from having simultaneous TV series and movies featuring the same character, so that could end up delaying or derailing plans. And it’s not like Allen hasn’t been on TV before, although the previous live-action take ran for just one season in the early 1990s.
Still, Barry Allen is getting better treatment than Wonder Woman, with Pedowitz revealing on the same panel that a reboot series called Amazon is on hold because of script issues. Diana just can’t lasso a break...