Arrow Casts its 23-Year Old Barry Allen aka The Flash. Sigh.

Grant GustinSo, uh, I guess the producers of “Arrow” decided to go another direction when they were casting Barry Allen, aka The Flash for the upcoming second season of “Arrow”. After all, they just hired a 23-year old actor who has basically spent his entire career playing high school students on TV shows like “Glee” and “90210”.

As you’ll recall, when we last reported that a couple of older guys (late ’20s) were up for the role, we mentioned there was a third actor who wasn’t named. That third actor may or may not have been Grant Gustin, because that’s who has officially landed the role on “Arrow’s” second season, and will be soon spun off into his own “The Flash” TV series thereafter.

If you took one good look at Grant Gustin’s pic (top left) and thought, “So the Flash is a high school student?” Nope. He’s still a scientist. Or, officially, an “assistant police forensic investigator” who somehow gets involved with Arrow and ends up becoming the fastest man alive.

Or, er, fastest teen alive. Or something.

Here’s the official description of the character as he will appear in three episodes of “Arrow”, before getting his own TV show:

Barry Allen is described [as] a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.

I guess Central City is hiring young these days. Where did they recruit this Barry Allen, out of middle school? Just sayin’. I don’t know if they can “old up” the kid, because there’s a REASON he has been playing high school characters for the last 2-3 years of his career.

But hey, when your character is a speedster who fights guys that throws boomerangs and shoots freezing ray guns, I guess making him a 23-year-old who looks like he’s actually 17 kinda works. I guess if that’s the direction you’re going.

(Warning! Warning! Excitement for “The Flash” TV show slipping, slipping, sliiiiiiiiipppppppppping…)

The Flash Comic Book

Via : THR