News of an "Arrow" spinoff focused on The Flash has snowballed in the past few days. On Tuesday (July 30), the producers of "Arrow" talked to reporters about the details of the Barry Allen character and his "Flash" alter-ego.
Viewers will meet the Allen character over the course of three "Arrow" Season 2 episodes. At first, Barry Allen is nothing more than an ordinary forensic scientist, working at the Central City Police Department. In episodes 8 and 9, Oliver Queen will interact with Allen when the latter visits Starling City. The character will return in episode 20 for a more in-depth look at the future Flash's world.
This final episode will most likely serve as a pilot for any potential spinoff.
Producers Andrew Kreisberg and Geoff Johns wouldn't give away too much of the proposed plot for The Flash, but they were happy to share details of Barry Allen's basic personality.
"Despite the fact that he's got superpowers, I think there's something really relatable about Barry," Kreisberg said. "He got his powers by accident. He isn't a god, he isn't an alien, he wasn't seeking this out. These powers came to him and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded."
How does Barry Allen actually transform into The Flash then? "That's part of the fun for the audience, for the ride, to see how we do our 'Arrow' take on The Flash legacy," explained Kreisberg. But there will definitely be superpowers somehow. "He does need powers to become The Flash," Geoff Johns said. This Flash won't even replace his comic-book costume with a hoodie -- the character's signature red costume will appear.
As for the interactions between Oliver Queen's Green Arrow and Barry Allen's Flash, the two are mostly very different. According to Andrew Kreisberg, "Oliver Queen is a very dark and tortured soul, and Barry is not. I think it'll be a fun byplay to see these two characters together, because they both have distinctly different world views, while both caring deeply about right and wrong."
Geoff Johns added, "He's a cop. He follows the law, he follows the rules ... The last thing in the world he would ever think about is being a vigilante."
目前电视网正在开发《绿箭侠 Arrow》的衍生剧《闪电侠 Flash》，主角当然是那个跑的飞快的超级英雄Barry Allen。第二季《绿箭侠 Arrow》中的一集将作为后门试播集主打该角色，然后再考虑开发衍生剧的可能。
「我们首先打算引入Dr. Barry Allen这个循环角色以及他的故事，也就是大家熟知的闪电侠。」CW总裁Mark Pedowitz在周二的TCA见面会上告诉记者，「我们已经计划好了这一故事线，接下来要看看表现是否良好。我们的确希望能扩展整个DC宇宙。我们能够利用的角色非常丰富，这只是我们有预谋有组织的其中一步。」
《绿箭侠 Arrow》的执行制片人Greg Berlanti和Andrew Kreisberg将同DC娱乐的Geoff Johns携手监制该剧。掌镜《绿箭侠 Arrow》导航集的David Nutter同样也会执导这一后门试播集。
需要注意的是，尽管目前《绿箭侠 Arrow》始终保持贴近现实的基调，闪电侠的到来可能会造成一些改变。Kreisberg告诉记者，「我们初次见到Barry时，他只不过是个在Central City警署工作的法务专家。就像我们在《绿箭侠 Arrow》所做的一样，我们会努力保证故事尽可能地接近现实。这就是我们引入Barry的方式，直到观众发现他的生活似乎开始加速了。」