Geoff Johns And Andrew Kreisberg Talk THE FLASH's Future After ARROW's Electrifying Finale

In the following interview, Grant Gustin shares his thoughts on what's next for Barry Allen after Arrow's electrifying midseason finale, while Geoff Johns and Andrew Kreisberg delve into everything from why a Batman cameo isn't a sensible idea to whether or not we'll see Reverse-Flash as teased...

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By Josh Wilding - 12/12/2013

"I'm mostly looking forward to getting the pilot script and seeing how Barry's going to handle this happening to him," Grant Gustin told Comic Book Resources when asked about the electrifying final moments of last night's Arrow (you can watch the scene where Barry Allen gains his powers by clicking HERE). "He's not just excited. It's scary. That's what I loved about the character in the audition process -- it's not just he loves superheroes, and he's a fanboy, and all of a sudden he's like, "I'm going to be one, I'm really stoked about it." It's kind of like, "This is terrifying. This is really happening to me." I'm really excited to play more of that." One of the biggest questions moving forward is how The Flash will differentiate itself from Arrow, especially now that the latter seems to be embracing superpowered characters. "We'll want to keep "Arrow" as distinctive as possible, and "Flash" as distinctive as possible. Part of the fun will be how those two things play out in both shows, if we get that opportunity," Andrew Kreisberg teased.

"In the same way that "Arrow" was conducive to bringing on characters like Deadshot and the Huntress and some of the more grounded people, hopefully with "The Flash" there's a way to bring on some of the more fantastical characters, that will probably still go through the grounding lens with which we view everything," Kreisberg adds. "But we could tackle some of the bigger villains, and possibly heroes. There's a hint of a major character in the pilot." Many fans often demand that even more well-known DC superheroes are introduced through series' such as these, but the executive producer has a very good reason why that's not always necessarily the best idea. "It's always important to remember -- like with "Arrow," everybody wants Batman to come on and whatnot, but Arrow has to be the coolest person on "Arrow." The same thing with "The Flash" -- Barry has to be the coolest person."

Finally, writer Geoff Johns was asked about the hints in Arrow that like his run on The Flash comic book, Reverse-Flash plays a role in the death of Barry Allen's mother. "We're using a lot of mythology, a lot of characters from the comics in the development of the "Flash" show. I don't want to get too specific yet, but you'll see a lot of characters, a lot of elements from that. It's very much The Flash." What do you guys think about these comments? Sound off with your thoughts below!
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NinjaKickTheDamnRabbit - 12/12/2013, 10:42 AM
DC needs to get their act together in casting, Marvel aside from Fox knows how to cast properly for their CBM's. Also first.
AgentZero - 12/12/2013, 10:45 AM
Troll alert

SuperDan89 - 12/12/2013, 10:46 AM
Shame there was nothing about combining the DCCU with what is on TV (Arrow/Flash). Maybe it's early days for all involved so they don't actually know themselves, it is WB so not holding my breath. Will have to wait and see.
johnboyMCU - 12/12/2013, 10:46 AM
Pasto - 12/12/2013, 10:47 AM
Zordan - 12/12/2013, 10:47 AM
haha troll
marantaz - 12/12/2013, 10:47 AM
After getting two seasons out of Arrow, and getting better each week now, I think we can let these guys do what they want without second guessing them in advance. They're doing alright, and they're enjoying it as much as we are, let's just wait and see.
hierarchy - 12/12/2013, 10:49 AM
Very excited, looking forward to the flash.

Why does the troll get to be first.

It seems the ones with the dumbest opinions always have the loudest voices.
GizmoEl - 12/12/2013, 10:51 AM
Can't wait!
revloveR - 12/12/2013, 10:53 AM
hopefully they change their minds about the tv and cinematic universes. seems like a waste of a casting if you ask me. both he and amell.
Rhysno1 - 12/12/2013, 10:53 AM
So excited for this. Grant Gust is amazing
BruceWayneNewton - 12/12/2013, 10:55 AM
I don't care if the big dogs don't make a cameo but they should be mentioned and referenced a bit.
Dmon - 12/12/2013, 10:56 AM
Can't wait! I am glad Geoff Johns is helping them write it.
tomasocelot - 12/12/2013, 10:56 AM
I am hopefully that he has a cool costume. the arrow one looked dumb at first but when they went with the green leather hoodie it worked.
Greengo - 12/12/2013, 11:00 AM
thewonderer - 12/12/2013, 11:00 AM

That's why Marvel has recasted half their actors?
GinjaNinja - 12/12/2013, 11:03 AM
how about telling us if this is the DCCU.
charlie2094 - 12/12/2013, 11:03 AM
Really enjoyed the last episode, can't wait to see what they do with the Flash show! Wonder how they'll handle the super speed, needs to look convincing, MOS has done it the best, but might be hard to pull off on a tv budget, imagine they might opt for a slow down everyone else and have him move normal speed...we'll see! Hoping he has a great costume, guess we won't see it this season now though

I understand that about Batman, does make sense, but would be nice to acknowledge the larger universe, they handled it with Barry pretty well...
27ShowStopper - 12/12/2013, 11:04 AM
DC will not let this opportunity go to waste. I believe they will announce the connection between the movies and television at Comic Con.
GodzillaKart - 12/12/2013, 11:13 AM
Arrow is fantastic. At the beginning of the season my biggest complaint was the stupid 90210 romance stuff...which has been all but dropped. What makes this show great is that they are not stuck to their original vision and are willing to change and adapt. I hope AoS learns the lesson.
JoeMomma29 - 12/12/2013, 11:14 AM
LOL at the troll alerts!!!!!
webbedmenace317 - 12/12/2013, 11:15 AM
Who are you talking about? 3 actors so far through 9 movies and all were for good reasons. Terrence was a jerk, Edward Norton wanted to run the show too much, and Fandral had to be recast. In terms of Marvel's hand in it, all three casting changes have been exceptionally positive. But none of those changes are in any way poor decisions by Marvel.
Volthoom - 12/12/2013, 11:17 AM
The flash has to be the coolest person in his show, so no captain cold?
Spidey10 - 12/12/2013, 11:17 AM
So will Zoom be from present time???
THEQuailman - 12/12/2013, 11:19 AM
I completely support the idea of Grant in the role of Barry, thought he killed it in arrow and fully expect him to nail it in his own series. I DO however hope he does put on a bit more bulk. He does have ample time to accomplish this though so I'm not even really concerned. But aside from that I have zero reservation
GinjaNinja - 12/12/2013, 11:21 AM
That's all I care about. Honestly couldn't give a crap about the individual films and tv shows. What matters not is how everything fits together. So this has to be in the DCCU.
soforizo - 12/12/2013, 11:25 AM
A Flash show is a most, I crave for superpowers in these shows.
sinchsw - 12/12/2013, 11:25 AM
Zoom is the most logical explanation for his mothers death right now.
superbigguy32 - 12/12/2013, 11:25 AM
Some one please explain to me why you want the DC movies and TV to be the same?!? I think that's a very sucky idea. Yes the episode was cool and Arrow is getting better but you can do so much with the movies because of the bigger budget. I wouldn't want to see the two collide, just keep it separated.
ForeverPowerful - 12/12/2013, 11:26 AM
This had me really scared from the beginning, but now I can't wait.
SaintofKiIIers - 12/12/2013, 11:26 AM
Why do people give so much respect for marvel casting??? In fact it was marvel who didn't want Robert Downey jr but favreau. Also, the best actor in avengers, Renner, got the least amount of love showing they don't even know how to utilize the best on screen actor so ppl should stop riding marvels dick for casting. Sure hemsworth is good as Thor and I have no problems with their casting. But Bale was amazing, caville great. Green lantern sucked but that wasn't Ryan Reynolds fault
soforizo - 12/12/2013, 11:28 AM
Volthoom - 12/12/2013, 11:17 AM
The flash has to be the coolest person in his show, so no captain cold?

I see what you did there ;)
ThePowerCosmic - 12/12/2013, 11:29 AM
You Dc fans are doing the same thing you claim Marvelites do. Ninja shares his opinion and you jump all over him calling him a troll.
ThePowerCosmic - 12/12/2013, 11:32 AM
"Grounding" superheros is the worst thing you can do IMO. They were created to be fantasy characters. Only people who apologize for them being comic book characters feel the need to make them grounded.
SimpleeComplex - 12/12/2013, 11:32 AM
Arrow really got me interested in more DC characters other than Batman, Green Lantern and the Green Lantern Corps. They're doin a great job. Keep it up! Lookin forward to the Flash show. My wife and I just ended season 1 of Arrow on netflix cuz im too cheap to pay for cable lol so i dont get CW channell. But i might consult the old wallet thats been glued shut for a while. I really like how the show is paying nice homage to the comics.
ThePowerCosmic - 12/12/2013, 11:33 AM

Keep out of this you dirty old man! :)
henchmen - 12/12/2013, 11:36 AM
Go to to watch the latest episodes
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Spidey10 - 12/12/2013, 11:36 AM
Its funny you mention grounding the heroes and i tend to agree in a sense because Flash is supposed to be able to reach the speed of light almost and with the speed force go back in forth through time...i wonder how fast theyll actually make him in the show
JasonBlue - 12/12/2013, 11:36 AM
I want to see Simon Bazz or kyle rayner show up on Flash. This could definitely work if they say Ryan Reynold's Hal Jordan died or something as like "news".
soforizo - 12/12/2013, 11:39 AM
Gusto - 12/12/2013, 11:31 AM
Troll Assistant!!!!

ROFL!! Good one gusto!
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