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Updated: CW and Arrow producers to bring The Flash to the small screen yet again

Jul. 30, 2013by: Paul Shirey

UPDATE: More details via The Hollywood Reporter have come in regarding the direction CW is taking with The Flash series. CW President Mark Pedowitz elaborates on the move, saying:

"We plan to introduce the recurring character of Barry Allen who is the Flash," Pedowitz told reporters. "We're planning an origin story and we'll see how it goes. We do want to expand on DC Universe, and we felt this is a very organic way to get there."

In addition, THR is reporting that producer Greg Berlanti is developing THE FLASH movie for a projected 2016 release, although this is not officially confirmed. Read on:

"Berlanti is also developing a Flash movie for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, with sources telling THR that the feature is being eyed for 2016. Berlanti will direct and pen the screenplay alongside Chris Brancato, Michael Green, Johns and Guggenheim. Pedowitz also noted that there is no conflict between the movie studio or DC when it comes to the TV series and feature film as previous efforts have proven troublesome when there's such an overlap."

For those anticipating the announcement of a movie version of DC's The Flash, I've got some potentially bad news for you. It looks like the character is being set up to be spun out of the currently running (and highly successful) Green Arrow series, Arrow, starring Steven Amell, and will be shepharded to his own series by Arrow co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter.

From Deadline:

"I hear there is an idea is to introduce The Flash on Arrow next season before spinning his off into his own series. I hear Flash will be written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns who also has written for Arrow. Nutter, who helmed the Arrow pilot, will direct the potential pilot, while Berlanti and Kreisberg are expected to run the potential series."

Hmm. I don't see this as a bad idea, really, but I can hear a collective sigh from fans hoping to see The Flash finally make his way to the big screen, rather than languish on the small one yet again. Many will remember the '90's series starring John Wesley Shipp, which was a pretty cool show at the time, so there's certainly proof that The Flash can be done on film, but it would be nice to see him finally make the leap to the big screen. CW is also attempting a Wonder Woman show, called Amazon, that has been put on hold temporarily, which begs the question: How will this affect the building of the DC Cinematic Universe?

Unless Warner Bros. and DC are planning on using the small screen stars in big screen roles, it feels like overkill to introduce the live-action characters in two different venues. WB has made it clear they are building towards a JUSTICE LEAGUE film, which would no doubt include The Flash and, potentially, Green Arrow (not to mention Wonder Woman). After the success of this summer's MAN OF STEEL and the planned SUPERMAN/BATMAN film for 2015, one has to wonder if DC is testing the waters with these characters on the small screen or if there really isn't a planned "roadmap" to JUSTICE LEAGUE. Perhaps we've been spoiled by Marvel's meticulous planning?

If this news holds true, I'd expect to see The Flash make his newest small screen appearance in the 2nd season of Arrow. More as this develops.

Extra Tidbit: If not the Flash, what DC character would you like to see spin off into their own series from Arrow?

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3:30PM on 08/11/2013
Arrow is a fantastic show and if you don't think so just give it a try past the first few episodes. This seems like a great way for DC to do some catch up with Marvel in building a shared universe. If all goes well I hope tv's Green Arrow and Flash are in the Justice League movie. Actually I don't think I would go see the movie if TV's Green Arrow wasn't in it.

Just my thoughts.
Arrow is a fantastic show and if you don't think so just give it a try past the first few episodes. This seems like a great way for DC to do some catch up with Marvel in building a shared universe. If all goes well I hope tv's Green Arrow and Flash are in the Justice League movie. Actually I don't think I would go see the movie if TV's Green Arrow wasn't in it.

Just my thoughts.
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2:54AM on 07/31/2013
I wonder if they are going to name the show something stupid like BOLT or SPEED... Someone somewhere at WB doesn't get that their efforts should be put towards the big screen.
I wonder if they are going to name the show something stupid like BOLT or SPEED... Someone somewhere at WB doesn't get that their efforts should be put towards the big screen.
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10:04PM on 07/30/2013
This is just a simple question. No need to thumb me down or be a total douche or anything but can someone tell me what the CW means please?... Thanks.
This is just a simple question. No need to thumb me down or be a total douche or anything but can someone tell me what the CW means please?... Thanks.
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8:37PM on 07/30/2013

hmmmm

The WB mig be able to make this work, IF they can cast the roll correctly, and focus on the Flash origin....and if that works, transition the character to the big screen....but there's a whole lot of things they need to clear first.
The WB mig be able to make this work, IF they can cast the roll correctly, and focus on the Flash origin....and if that works, transition the character to the big screen....but there's a whole lot of things they need to clear first.
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4:47PM on 07/30/2013
Further proof that DC/WB are clueless on how to adapt most of their characters into live action. The Flash is one of the more fun comics and I guarantee The CW will make is a joyless affair and turn the Rouges into blood thirsty maniacs who don't wear costumes. I'll stick to the DC Animated Universe. They know what they're doing.
Further proof that DC/WB are clueless on how to adapt most of their characters into live action. The Flash is one of the more fun comics and I guarantee The CW will make is a joyless affair and turn the Rouges into blood thirsty maniacs who don't wear costumes. I'll stick to the DC Animated Universe. They know what they're doing.
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2:07PM on 07/30/2013

nah doesn't work

The Arrow show has removed any super-powers from it's universe. The Flash couldn't be easily added. If you want a soin-off in a similar vain. how about a suicide squad show or even a deashot series. It would fit better in the universe they've built.
The Arrow show has removed any super-powers from it's universe. The Flash couldn't be easily added. If you want a soin-off in a similar vain. how about a suicide squad show or even a deashot series. It would fit better in the universe they've built.
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1:53PM on 07/30/2013

Dude, the THR originally reported the bit about a 2016 Flash movie during Comic Con

In fact it was the same day (I believe even the same article) where they reported the Superman vs. Batman movie. Why are you guys just now reporting this?
In fact it was the same day (I believe even the same article) where they reported the Superman vs. Batman movie. Why are you guys just now reporting this?
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3:07PM on 07/30/2013
It's not official and WB/DC made no mention of a Flash movie in any of their panels or presentations. The only thing confirmed was Batman/Superman by Snyder.

Remember that WB/DC have a bunch of scripts working for a bunch of properties (Justice League, Amazon, etc.) and are renowned for having writers crank stuff out, but doing nothing with it or scrapping it altogether. Very different method of operation than the Marvel folks.

So, ultimately it's a credibility thing. I'll believe The
It's not official and WB/DC made no mention of a Flash movie in any of their panels or presentations. The only thing confirmed was Batman/Superman by Snyder.

Remember that WB/DC have a bunch of scripts working for a bunch of properties (Justice League, Amazon, etc.) and are renowned for having writers crank stuff out, but doing nothing with it or scrapping it altogether. Very different method of operation than the Marvel folks.

So, ultimately it's a credibility thing. I'll believe The Flash movie is happening only when I see an official announcement. Of course, we had an official announcement of Justice League in 2015 and look what's happened there...
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1:52PM on 07/30/2013
I've already seen flash on the small screen and he was named impulse during his smallville cameos, I don't need an entire series for him but I will sit and hopefully enjoy a film of the character.
I've already seen flash on the small screen and he was named impulse during his smallville cameos, I don't need an entire series for him but I will sit and hopefully enjoy a film of the character.
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1:14PM on 07/30/2013
I'm a huge fan of Arrow and would love to see The Flash show up in season two and also seeing him get his own television show. He's always been a character I've wanted to see done right, big screen or small and if this is what it takes then I am fine with it.

But the ultimate satisfaction is seeing Flash get his own origins film and having the character reappear for Justice League. I have no problem with two different versions of the character (one on the big screen and another on the small
I'm a huge fan of Arrow and would love to see The Flash show up in season two and also seeing him get his own television show. He's always been a character I've wanted to see done right, big screen or small and if this is what it takes then I am fine with it.

But the ultimate satisfaction is seeing Flash get his own origins film and having the character reappear for Justice League. I have no problem with two different versions of the character (one on the big screen and another on the small screen), but I really would love to see DC give the character the film he deserves. I think with the right visual director and leading man, the movie could be fantastic. I don't know who would be a good director, but Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, Charlie Hunnam, John Krasinski, Michael Rosenbaum, and Jared Padalecki would all be solid choices for Flash.
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7:04PM on 07/30/2013
Coops!
Got some other good picks in there too
Coops!
Got some other good picks in there too
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12:55PM on 07/30/2013

Arrow is a super hero soap opera

So the quality isn't amazing but its addicting as hell. Stephen Amell said he wants in the Justice League movie so I'm not surprised if this is DC testing the waters for Flash casting
So the quality isn't amazing but its addicting as hell. Stephen Amell said he wants in the Justice League movie so I'm not surprised if this is DC testing the waters for Flash casting
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1:37PM on 07/30/2013
Amell is a terrible actor, if it ever actually happens I want him nowhere near the JL movie.
Amell is a terrible actor, if it ever actually happens I want him nowhere near the JL movie.
12:27PM on 07/30/2013
Hopefully it's better than Arrow, but this is just further evidence that DC has basically no confidence in their property (not named Batman at least) succeeding as a feature film and no plan either, lame.
Hopefully it's better than Arrow, but this is just further evidence that DC has basically no confidence in their property (not named Batman at least) succeeding as a feature film and no plan either, lame.
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12:20PM on 07/30/2013

sigh

As a fan of DC comics it is quite a shame to realize that they are truly lost when it comes to their live action film and TV. How many shows and movies have we heard about that have failed to come to fruition? They should take note of their animated division. We don't want these lame shows. I know it's easier said than done but just make good movies. Yea Green Lantern was kind of lame but don't give up. So were X-Men 3, Spiderman 3, Hulk (2003) and all those characters are still on the big
As a fan of DC comics it is quite a shame to realize that they are truly lost when it comes to their live action film and TV. How many shows and movies have we heard about that have failed to come to fruition? They should take note of their animated division. We don't want these lame shows. I know it's easier said than done but just make good movies. Yea Green Lantern was kind of lame but don't give up. So were X-Men 3, Spiderman 3, Hulk (2003) and all those characters are still on the big screen when so many of DC's characters have never been there. FIGURE SHIT OUT.
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12:19PM on 07/30/2013

sigh

As a fan of DC comics it is quite a shame to realize that they are truly lost when it comes to their live action film and TV. How many shows and movies have we heard about that have failed to come to fruition? They should take note of their animated division. We don't want these lame shows. I know it's easier said than done but just make good movies. Yea Green Lantern was kind of lame but don't give up. So were X-Men 3, Spiderman 3, Hulk (2003) and all those characters are still on the big
As a fan of DC comics it is quite a shame to realize that they are truly lost when it comes to their live action film and TV. How many shows and movies have we heard about that have failed to come to fruition? They should take note of their animated division. We don't want these lame shows. I know it's easier said than done but just make good movies. Yea Green Lantern was kind of lame but don't give up. So were X-Men 3, Spiderman 3, Hulk (2003) and all those characters are still on the big screen when so many of DC's characters have never been there. FIGURE SHIT OUT.
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12:13PM on 07/30/2013

I tried to like Arrow too but its bad...Its not what I imagined when I saw the trailer....and please dont bring flash on the small screen

..........and again no no FLash on TV , no thank youu!!
..........and again no no FLash on TV , no thank youu!!
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12:09PM on 07/30/2013
Awful idea! They just don't get it do they? Fuck CW
Awful idea! They just don't get it do they? Fuck CW
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11:43AM on 07/30/2013
I watched the first season of Arrow and found it far far too po-faced.

I really wanted to like it, and there's a few good aspects, some nice guest stars, but watching vapid super-model types spouting cliched dialogue whilst everything else is dreary and grim is not that entertaining. It could do with a touch of wit about it.

They could start by letting him grow the awesome goatee...
I watched the first season of Arrow and found it far far too po-faced.

I really wanted to like it, and there's a few good aspects, some nice guest stars, but watching vapid super-model types spouting cliched dialogue whilst everything else is dreary and grim is not that entertaining. It could do with a touch of wit about it.

They could start by letting him grow the awesome goatee...
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11:33AM on 07/30/2013
I really wants to see The Flash in Arrow, in his own tv show or better in a big movie! but come on, its time already to give us some Flash!
I really wants to see The Flash in Arrow, in his own tv show or better in a big movie! but come on, its time already to give us some Flash!
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11:30AM on 07/30/2013
It might work. I like the Arrow series quite a lot. It starts off a bit slow but by half season its very entertaining. So The Flash spin-off might work.
It might work. I like the Arrow series quite a lot. It starts off a bit slow but by half season its very entertaining. So The Flash spin-off might work.
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11:23AM on 07/30/2013
It could work depending on how they want to organize it. One idea is to plant the idea that the heroes existing on TV are around years after the heroes who exist in the movies. So my idea is to have Barry Allen, the first Flash (exception to Jay Garrick) be the movie version of The Flash. On TV you have Wally West as the current Flash, and you establish that Wally West is taking over for the Barry Allen after the events of whatever movies come out in the next few years.
It could work depending on how they want to organize it. One idea is to plant the idea that the heroes existing on TV are around years after the heroes who exist in the movies. So my idea is to have Barry Allen, the first Flash (exception to Jay Garrick) be the movie version of The Flash. On TV you have Wally West as the current Flash, and you establish that Wally West is taking over for the Barry Allen after the events of whatever movies come out in the next few years.
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11:20AM on 07/30/2013
I'm all for more DC characters on TV, but I really want more DC characters in the movies. Marvel is going about it absolutely right with their cinematic universe and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. off to the side.
I'm all for more DC characters on TV, but I really want more DC characters in the movies. Marvel is going about it absolutely right with their cinematic universe and the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. off to the side.
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11:16AM on 07/30/2013
Are we headed towards a superhero/comic overload? It's good business, but is this the new go-to for studios running out of ideas?
Are we headed towards a superhero/comic overload? It's good business, but is this the new go-to for studios running out of ideas?
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11:10AM on 07/30/2013
I'm not sure why DC intends on f*cking up their timelines this way. If they've decided to make a Flash movie, why have a TV series? Unless they go the Marvel route and blend both worlds with a decent budget to back the TV series up, they're just going to make people lose interest. If the same guy who plays Flash in the TV show is going to retain the role on the big screen, it's fine. Of course there's a 1% chance of that actually happening so yeah, f*ck this. It's a stupid decision to saturate
I'm not sure why DC intends on f*cking up their timelines this way. If they've decided to make a Flash movie, why have a TV series? Unless they go the Marvel route and blend both worlds with a decent budget to back the TV series up, they're just going to make people lose interest. If the same guy who plays Flash in the TV show is going to retain the role on the big screen, it's fine. Of course there's a 1% chance of that actually happening so yeah, f*ck this. It's a stupid decision to saturate whatever market is actually interested in a Flash movie with a TV show that in all likelihood doesn't have the cashflow or the production team to make this look even remotely respectable as something serious.
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