Today at the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour CW president Mark Pedowitz announced that his network is fast-tracking Flash (fast tracking Flash, nice) a drama based on the DC Comics hero and member of the Justice League. CW will look to Arrow co-creators/executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter to introduce the scarlet speedster during Arrows’ second season.
“We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash,” Pedowitz told reporters. “We’re planning an origin story and we’ll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there.”
The trio of Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC’s Geoff Johns, will write the Warner Bros. TV project. Berlanti and Kreisberg will serve as showrunners if all goes according to plan.
Pedowitz revealed that we won’t have to wait long to see Barry Allen, as he appears early in the second season.
“He may not come in with superpowers,” Pedowitz said, adding that the casting process has already begun. “If we get a name, great, if we don’t get a name, they’ll become a name.”
The network was previously developing Amazon, a Wonder Woman prequel with Heroes writer Aron Eli Coleite. But Pedowitz stated today that Amazon is now on pause as the network shifts its focus on Flash. Once again Wonder Woman is on the side lines.
“It’s better to wait and get it right than put it on now,” he said, claiming that the script isn’t where he would like it to be.
Berlanti is also developing a Flash movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, with a release date of 2016. Apparently Berlanti is set direct and write the screenplay alongside Chris Brancato, Michael Green, Geoff Johns and Marc Guggenheim. Pedowitz was quick to say that there is no conflict between the movie and TV universes.
Will that mean the same actor is playing both? Maybe they’ll each have a different version of the Flash?
Who should play the Flash on TV?
The Flash previously had a live-action TV series that ran for one season in 1990 and is a fan favorite.
Source: Hollywood Reporter