Greg Berlanti Talks THE FLASH Show’s “Sci-Fi Bent”, S.T.A.R. Labs’ Presence And More

Speaking with Digital Spy, Arrow executive producer Greg Berlanti discusses the planned Flash spin-off. He affirms that, despite the two shows existing in the same universe, Barry Allen’s series will be different from Oliver Queen’s. The former will be more sci-fi influenced, says Berlanti. “Barry is different from Oliver. He’s a man of science and has more of a sci-fi bent, whereas Arrow has a bit more of a crime bent. We often talk about how Oliver comes off like a pessimist, but deep down he’s an optimist and has hope. Barry lost his mother at a very young age, his father was sent to prison for murdering his mom, he went through a lot of stuff – on the surface he’s bubbly and upbeat and seems like an optimist, but deep down maybe there’s no hope left. So they’re a really nice contrast to each other and the show functions in that way, I think. Certainly in the pilot script Barry has an effervescence and a lightness, but there’s still a dark well beneath that.”

Additionally, the particle accelerator that had a hand in giving Barry his powers will be featured in storylines on The Flash. The potential series will also feature more superpowered characters, Berlanti confirms. He then comments on S.T.A.R. Labs’ role in the show. “We’ve talked a lot on Arrow about the particle collider and Harrison Wells and S.T.A.R. Labs and so you’ll see S.T.A.R. Labs as an active part of the show.” The Flash is only in the pilot stage right now, and has not been ordered to series. Even though there’s a strong likelihood of it being picked up for a full series, Berlanti hopes that Barry will still be a part of Arrow if things don’t go according to plan. “Fingers crossed we don’t screw it up and he gets his own show! If he didn’t, I don’t think we would ever want to let Grant [Gustin] go. He’s too valuable. That would be our hope, I think – no matter what, to keep Barry part of the universe.”

The Flash pilot currently stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen/The Flash, Candice Patton as Iris West, Jesse L. Martin as Detective West, Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne, Danielle Panabaker as Caitlin Snow, and Carlos Valdes as Cisco Ramon. Filming is expected to occur in March, and if ordered to series, it will likely premiere on The CW next fall.

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