Grant Gustin Says Barry Allen Is A "Fanboy" In THE FLASH TV Series

Grant Gustin Says Barry Allen Is A "Fanboy" In THE FLASH TV Series

Grant Gustin talks a bit more about his role as the titular character on CW's The Flash, saying he is a fanboy, and also talks a bit about his secret identity and potential crossovers with Arrow.

Grant Gustin has a huge responsibility of taking over a character as big as The Flash. He said in an interview with IGN that he has so much fun with the character, and that should help capture Barry's hyper spirit. “Barry’s just excited by all of this,” Gustin says. “He’s a fanboy! And I don’t have to hide my excitement as I play the role, so it’s really fun to play with.” He talked more about Barry Allen's personality and his feeling about developing these powers, saying, “At the same time though, it’s in a reality-based world, so there is an aspect of him that’s a little worried about what’s happening to his body. But at the same time, once he starts to get a handle on it, it’s the coolest thing that’s happened to anybody, as far as Barry is concerned.” He also discusses Barry's secret identity, and if many people he knows will actually know his identity, which judging by the trailer looks like quite a few people know. He says, “We’re not going to play the same game that they played on Arrow, where it was a secret. There will be some characters that Barry’s specifically trying to keep it from, but his circle – for the most part – is going to know that he’s The Flash.” We also know that Arrow characters might make an appearance from time-to-time. Oliver Queen has been confirmed to make a cameo in the pilot, but it is possible they will have a full blown crossover eventually. “I don’t know which characters, but there are going to be crossovers for sure between the two shows. I don’t know who it’s going to be, but yes, that’s gonna happen.” The Flash will hit this fall only on the CW.

After a particle accelerator causes a freak storm, CSI Investigator Barry Allen is struck by lightning and falls into a coma. Months later he awakens with the power of super speed, granting him the ability to move through Central City like an unseen guardian angel. Though initially excited by his newfound powers, Barry is shocked to discover he is not the only “meta-human” who was created in the wake of the accelerator explosion — and not everyone is using their new powers for good. Barry partners with S.T.A.R. Labs and dedicates his life to protect the innocent. For now, only a few close friends and associates know that Barry is literally the fastest man alive, but it won’t be long before the world learns what Barry Allen has become… The Flash.

Starring Grant Gustin, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, and John Wesley Shipp, The Flash is directed by David Nutter from Geoff Johns' script.
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Spock0Clock - 5/30/2014, 4:25 AM
I never read that many Barry comics. Most of what I know about him is from the Flash TV show and incidental appearances. Nearly all of my Flash experience is Wally-based.

Am I wrong in thinking that since they've brought Barry back to life and made him capital "T" The Flash again, that they're making his personality a lot more like Wally than the traditional Barry ever was?

It seems like (especially in non-comic adaptations) that he's more the youthful boisterous Michael Rosenbaum DCAU Flash than the stoic and bland one that I remember.
Kurne - 5/30/2014, 4:26 AM
Err Grant

Klone - 5/30/2014, 4:39 AM
Well no shit.
batmanvsuperman - 5/30/2014, 4:47 AM
Cant wait
batmanvsuperman - 5/30/2014, 4:50 AM
I don't care wat anyone say I bet this and arrow is connected to man of steel/dawn of justice..have a feeling it wont be two flashes at the same time and they will have him in the justice league movie sooo..!
McGee - 5/30/2014, 4:55 AM

Well that makes sense....because he was a fanboy in the comics.

No seriously...he's reading a Flash comic book before getting struck by lightning!

Check this out!

^^ See that Nomis? I beat you to the punch of showcasing pages from the comic to show off my knowledge! Also I posted the song "Blinded By The Light" by Manfred know...Barry got struck by light--SHUT UP! >:(
Pasto - 5/30/2014, 5:02 AM
Nice article and nice find. Props Abary.
reece1485 - 5/30/2014, 5:24 AM
who is he a fan boy of? the gotham vigilante ?
SuperCat - 5/30/2014, 5:28 AM
SuperCat - 5/30/2014, 5:30 AM
SuperCat - 5/30/2014, 5:32 AM
MrReese - 5/30/2014, 5:52 AM
Sweet stuff.Can't wait 4 the pilot.
McGee - 5/30/2014, 6:12 AM

He was all up on that Green Arrow dick during his appearance on Arrow.
Nomis - 5/30/2014, 6:28 AM
@ McGee - I see... kudos to you!

But did you know the original was done by "the Boss",. Bruce Springsteen !

ndwwrestler2 - 5/30/2014, 6:36 AM
BoomTubeB - 5/30/2014, 6:45 AM
who would win?
McGee - 5/30/2014, 7:09 AM

...always gotta one-up me Nom.

McGee - 5/30/2014, 7:10 AM

McGee - 5/30/2014, 7:10 AM
But we all know Road Runner beats all.

THEBAT2016 - 5/30/2014, 7:17 AM
I have to admit that i'm not super stoked on the new Flash suit for this show, but for a TV version of this character and him being in the Arrow Verse it makes sense. The same costume designer for Arrow designed The Flash suit after all. I just hope we get a great plot line and story and the show doesn't wind up heavily depending on the cross overs with Arrow to survive. I'm looking forward to this show, I think it has a lot of potential and I'm glad to see that DC is finally taking some chances with characters outside of the movies.
Nomis - 5/30/2014, 7:19 AM
@ McGee- No need to cry. I like to think we are all working together to build a better comic book global community.

JediPhilosopher - 5/31/2014, 12:52 AM
AUSSYACE - 5/31/2014, 2:11 AM
Cannot wait for this TV Series...
JediPhilosopher - 5/31/2014, 3:27 AM
Crook#1: "I thought I just saw something"
Crook#2: "What, like a flash?"
Crook#1: "Nah, it was too dark to be a flash. It was more like a blur."
Crook#2: "Oh no, it's the Blur."
Logo: "CW"

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