On the heels of the success of Arrow, the CW’s adaptation of the popular DC Comics superhero, the network will now fast forward a new series about the scarlet speedster, The Flash.
CW executives revealed the news during the Television Critics Association’s annual meeting with the media on Tuesday.
The Flash aka Barry Allen will appear in three episodes of Arrow this upcoming season, with the final appearance serving as a de facto pilot for the new series. Now the series won’t actually go into production unless the reaction from the initial appearances are met with a popular fan reaction, but the producers and creators behind Arrow are confident The Flash will get picked up.
The Flash will appear in episodes 8, 9 and 20 during season 2 of Arrow, with a new origin story being told for the character.
The episodes will be penned by executive producer Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and DC Entertainment favorite Geoff Johns.
The first appearance of The Flash will blend the world of Arrow—which is set in reality without superheroes—and the standard DC Universe beloved by comic book fans.
If the episodes featuring The Flash go well, the team will then shift their focus on creating a series around the fast-running comic book favorite.
There are also preliminary plans for a feature film about The Flash that’s being developed for a possible 2016 release date. That could coordinate even more possibilities about a future Justice League movie that filmmakers have been teasing for the last couple of years after the huge success Marvel films had around The Avengers.
Arrow season 2 will debut on the CW this fall.