Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg offered an update on the casting process for Season 2’s break-out guest star who may be heading off for his own spin-off series – the Flash.
“We’ll have to have somebody by 30 September,” said Kreisberg, “which is when we start shooting [his first] episode. So there is that timeline.
“But it’s been a really exciting process just getting to meet so many fantastic actors and seeing the enthusiasm that so many people around town have for the character. It’s just amazing — I have pictures of myself at age 4 holding a Flash and a Superman doll. That I’m sitting here writing the Flash and Green Arrow now, it’s more than my little nerd heart can bear sometimes.”
Speaking earlier about why Flash was a great fit for the Arrow universe, as opposed to the other heavy hitters in the DCU, he added, “Despite the fact that he’s got superpowers, I think there’s something really relatable about Barry — of all the big seven of the Justice League. He got his powers by accident. He isn’t a God, he isn’t an alien, he wasn’t seeking this out.
“These powers came to him and his reactions to that feel very human and grounded…. Oliver Queen [Stephen Amell] is a very dark and tortured soul and Barry is not. I think it will be fun to see these two characters together because they have distinctly different world views.”