Deadline is reporting that WB is fasttracking a Flash television series for the CW. The television show will be developed by Arrow creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and will be first introduced in hit CW show before being spun off into a new series next fall. Marc Guggenheim, Arrow's showrunner and executive producer, will not be involved with the new Flash series.
Of course, this isn't the first time that The Flash has been developed into a live action television series. CBS briefly ran a Flash series starring John Wesley Shipp as Barry Allen in the 1990s. While it was rumored that WB was developing a Flash movie for 2016, this could be a potential way to build up their B-list characters in the wake of Green Lantern's colossal failure (Note: Green Lantern was written and produced by Berlanti). It's also possible that the shows could be a way for DC to expand its cinematic universe prior to the oft-rumored Justice League movie, but I'll believe that rumor when I see it.
On a related note, Deadline also reported that Amazon, the proposed Wonder Woman series which was passed on due to the lack of an appropriate actress to play Diana, has been given "the pause button". Amazon was seen to be a potential partner for Arrow on Wednesday nights, but it looks like the network wants to focus on one superhero series at a time.
I'd bet that the Flash series would start off as some sort of procedural show featuring Barry Allen as a crime scene investigator, with the Rogues being gradually built up as a threat. If Arrow is any indication, I'd also bet that we'd see Wally West pop up as the show's prerequisite hunky teenager. What direction do you think WB will take the series?
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