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

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  • Aegon the Conqueror

    Well the guys who brought us Arrow have done enough to justify some faith in them. So I’ll hold on giving my opinion until the trilogy of episodes have aired.

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  • Wil TsTi Johnson

    All they had to do was reboot the damn 90s show and update the pilot movie, done and done.

    • Juggernaut

      Just picked up the series box set for $10!!! Whomp whomp whomp. Sad to see it going for a lousy ten bucks but hey, on the bright side I’m a happy dude.

      • Wil TsTi Johnson

        Damn Straight! I paid about 10 bucks more but it is still worth it. Its good to know that those that appreciated how ahead of its time the 90s show was can still find the show to own it.

        • Dedpool

          Great show for it’s time and still pretty good now. Hope they can keep this spinoff off going when it hits. I can’t wait to see the effects they use for him.

  • Joerg Nezmeskal

    Wow, Arrow turns into the Disney Club of Superheroes.

  • Debo4735

    I don’t have a problem with the casting, Flash burns a lot of calories it makes sense that he doesn’t age normally. Plus you have to make him younger so he can grow into the role.