THE FLASH Producers Talk Characters And The ARROW Crossover; Will Booster Gold Join The Show?

A number of news outlets, including MTV, spoke with actors and producers of The Flash in anticipation of the series’ premiere this week. A number of topics, such as the introduction of metahumans and Barry Allen’s three father figures, are discussed. While most of the Scarlet Speedster’s villains will be affected by the STAR Labs accident, one key antagonist will not be. Captain Cold/Leonard Snart, however, will still play a key role in the series. “He kind of just is this guy who pulls jobs very carefully, and suddenly there’s something else in the city and he has to change his game up,” says writer and executive producer Geoff Johns. “He has to figure out how to deal with his new threat in Central City—[this threat] to him and his way of life. And so, it’s all about him evolving and surviving in the new world order, and with that guns aren’t going to do it, so he has to have something a little stronger.” 

Executive producer Marc Guggenheim goes on to discuss the number of new characters being introduced on The Flash. One of these, Ronnie Raymond, will embrace his comic book persona of Firestorm “sooner” than later. The inclusion of Pied Piper is then confirmed, with Johns revealing that introducing fan-favorite Booster Gold is a possibility. “There’s no rights issues and quite honestly Andrew [Kreisberg] and Greg [Berlanti] have a great Booster Gold script, and Booster Gold’s a beloved character, so I would say chances are good [he will appear].” Kreisberg and Berlanti previously wrote a script for a Booster Gold pilot for SyFy, and it was planned to be set in the Arrow universe. However, that project is seemingly dead. So, don’t be surprised to see the character included in the Arrow/Flash world at some point.

Talk turned to the highly anticipated Arrow and The Flash crossover event. The two episodes are titled “Flash vs. Arrow” and “The Brave and the Bold,” and they are the final episodes before both shows’ mid-season finales. Kreisberg had this to say concerning how the crossover adds to Barry’s character development. “We have one of the biggest surprises on ‘Arrow’ of all time on ‘The Flash’ episode. And both episodes are really important for Barry’s growth… There’s a line in there that I will spoil because every time Grant said it, [I cracked up]. He goes, ‘When I fight you, it is literally like you’re standing still.’ And what’s hilarious about it is the unbelievable joy with which Grant delivers that line.” He continues, “When we were working on the script, we realized that the best part of ‘The Flash’ episode was this meta commentary on how serious everyone is in ‘Arrow,’ and so there’s a lot of jokes at Oliver’s expense in ‘The Flash’ side of it. But then what was fun was when we went to do the ‘Arrow’ side of it, it became the reverse, where Barry and Caitlin and Cisco… all have to face ‘Oh wow, what you guys do is serious.’ So they’re sort of playing at a different level.”

For much more from the stars and producers of The Flash, in which they discuss tone and Harrison Well’s involvement among other things, click the link above. The highly anticipated series premieres on The CW tomorrow night at 8 PM EST. Stay tuned for Watchtower of Babel News’ review of the pilot later this week.

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