During last night’s PaleyFest, The CW promoted its highly anticipated series The Flash. During the Arrow spin-off’s panel, executive producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti shared some interesting comments. First up, Kreisberg revealed that one Easter egg that was removed from the Flash pilot was for none other than LuthorCorp, the company owned by Lex Luthor. This reference was added in the post-production process. “The Flash was running down the street and he literally ran past LuthorCorp,” says Kreisberg. “And [the visual effects team] were sitting there like, ‘Is it alright?’ And we were like, ‘No! You can’t do that!'”
LuthorCorp was the name of Lex’s company in Smallville, another CW superhero series. Of course, featuring that name in The Flash would lead fans to believe that the Arrowverse is somehow related to Smallville, which could be why the Easter egg was scrapped. Not to mention, Jesse Eisenberg will be playing Lex Luthor on the big screen in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, so any references to the character on television may be forbidden. Then again, there’s also that one reference that does make it into the Flash pilot…
Talk then turns to the possibility of including Wally West in the series. The character was reintroduced in the New 52 recently as an African-American, which is different from past iterations of the character. Of course, The Flash show has also reimagined Iris West and her father as African-Americans, which led many to speculate that the two incidents are connected. So when asked if The CW will introduce a black Flash, Greg Berlanti says, “We made the Wests African-American so that we could ultimately head in that direction, absolutely. That’s our hope.”
Andrew Kreisberg adds, “What’s very cool is in the New 52 they hadn’t reintroduced Wally [yet].” But due to Geoff Johns’ involvement with The Flash, “when they reintroduced Wally, they made him African-American. So now and forever, Kid Flash will be African-American.” So, it sounds like when The Flash does introduce Wally West, then he will be African-American. For more from the series’ PaleyFest panel, click here. The Flash premieres on The CW October 7th.
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