Arrow Season 2’s Flash casting is “fantastic” says exec

Arrow executive producer says Season 2’s Flash is “very human and grounded”

The Flash in DC's New 52 by Francis Manapul
The Flash in DC’s New 52 by Francis Manapul

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.”

Arrow Season 1 will be available to own 23 September 2013. Pre-order it on DVD for £21.02 or on Blu-ray for £27.49 from Amazon.co.uk. Season 2 will air on Sky 1 later this year.