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...
"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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