'The Flash' impresses enough people to get a pilot order instead of being introduced on 'Arrow'
There's good news and bad news for superhero fans. The bad news is that the character of the Flash won't be introduced as a so-called backdoor pilot for his own series on the CW's Arrow after all. The good news is that it's because executives liked what they saw so much, they greenlit a straight pilot. Oh good, there was a real dearth of superhero TV shows these days.
Grant Gustin's bow as the Flash was supposed to happen in episodes 8, 9 and 20 of Arrow this season, Deadline Hollywood says. The first two would be Barry Allen's origin story, and have already been shot, but instead of showcasing him in his red suit in No. 20, he'll just get his own pilot to do that.
Deadline says the suits gave the go ahead for the pilot after seeing cuts of episodes 8 and 9, so now it isn't clear if No. 20 will still have the Flash in it at all. Barry Allen works as a forensics investigator in Central City, so we wouldn't be surprised to see him quickly run through an episode here and there.