The CW’s “The Flash” will embrace a light, sci-fi tone, and it also promises to be the most “faithful DC adaptation ever,” according to executive producer Geoff Johns.
Producers have sought to differentiate the spinoff series from “Arrow” since the beginning, much like how DC Comics’ tales often include different tones depending on the book’s protagonist and its setting.
“When we were doing ‘Arrow,’ we talked about Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy,” executive producer Greg Berlanti recently told The Hollywood Reporter. “When we were talking about ‘The Flash,’ we talked a lot about Dick Donner’s Superman films — its heart and humor and scope and Americana.”
Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), a police forensics expert who transforms into The Flash after a lab accident, made his first appearance in the “Arrow” Season 2 episode “The Scientist,” which aired in December.
As with Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) on “Arrow,” Allen will face a dramatic metamorphosis as the first season progresses.
“It’s Barry Allen coming to terms both physically and emotionally with what’s happened to him,” said Andrew Kreisberg, executive producer. “He’s not really The Flash yet because he’s still in the early days. By the end of the year, he will come to resemble The Flash that we know from the comic books. That’s really the arc for the first year.”
During that time, Berlanti promises that, much like “Arrow,” viewers will experience a lot of surprises along the way.
“Slade Wilson was a great example in the first two years of ‘Arrow,’” Berlanti said. “Deathstroke was somebody people knew about, but we did our own version of it and were able to twist and turn some of those elements.”
“The Flash” is already expanding its comic-inspired stories to fuel its twists with the casting of “Prison Break” actor Wentworth Miller in Episode 4 as Leonard Snart, who becomes the super villain Captain Cold, and “The Tomorrow People” actor Robbie Amell as Ronnie Raymond, who eventually becomes the nuclear-powered superhero Firestorm. Even Raymond’s fiancé, Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker), has a super-powered future as Killer Frost.
In addition, “The Flash” will feature a major two-hour crossover event with “Arrow” during Episode 8.
The series, which premieres Oct. 7 at 8 p.m. ET, also stars Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, John Wesley Shipp, Candice Patton and Rick Cosnett.