The CW is planning to expand its small screen DC Comics universe in the wake of last year’s Arrow proving to be a breakout hit.
According to Deadline, The CW will use their TCA presentation later today to reveal a series based on the DC Comics superhero The Flash is being quickly moved into development. The character will first be introduced in a future episode of Arrow, most likely during a Season 2 episode in spring 2014, and then be spun off into his own series.
Arrow co-creators co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg, along with director David Nutter, are spearheading the project. Deadline also reports that DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns, whom has already written for Arrow, will work with Berlanti and Kreisberg on the pilot.
The Flash television series news comes as somewhat of a surprise after a Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment leak just prior to Comic-Con. That leak via the L.A. Times claimed that Warner Bros. would release a Superman vs. Batman film in 2015, followed by The Flash in 2016 and Justice League in 2017. If The Flash is being developed for television, a separate big-screen version might be confusing for audiences.
That is unless DC Entertainment has a more comprehensive plan in place. It is entirely possible that the success of Arrow and risk of a solo The Flash film forced DC’s hand into taking the speedy character to the small screen first. I have always felt Stephen Amell’s Oliver Queen/Arrow character should appear in any Justice League film, and perhaps that will happen with the small screen The Flash running his way onto the big screen to team up with Superman, Batman and whoever else in Justice League.
We will update this story after The CW’s TCA presentation with any additional The Flash information.