The network that gave us “Arrow” and recently, tried to give us a “Wonder Woman” TV show (but seems to be having a heck of a hard tie doing that), is now looking to give us a TV series based on “The Flash” comic book character. Yup, that’s right, folks, D.C.’s Scarlett Speedster is reportedly being fast-tracked, with an official announcement (or at least, official talks of the project) expected later today at the network’s TCA shindig.
Of course, the idea is to pair up “Arrow”, now entering its second season, with a companion TV show. With Wonder Woman being lost somewhere the murky waters of Development Hell, the same folks behind “Arrow” (producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter) will be working on a “The Flash” TV series, with Nutter possibly directing the pilot.
Which begs the question: does this mean “Arrow” is THIS close to bucking its own “no powers” rule? Especially with Deadline saying that the idea is to introduce the Flash in “Arrow’s” upcoming second season before spinning the character off into his own show? Once a guy who can move so fast he can vibrate through walls shows up on your show, it’s going to be pretty silly to going back to guys in costumes running around with swords and guns. Once you open up the can of worms … well, you know.
Another way to maintain “Arrow’s” self-imposed no-powers rule would be to keep the two shows separate. Sure, promote them as being a power package, but never mix them in their respective show universes. That, well, might be a tad difficult, given how easily (and smartly) it would be to merge the two shows. It just makes sense, especially when you have two characters from the same comic book world.
One thing’s for sure: given today’s CGI, even on a TV budget, this “Flash” will look a hell of a lot better than the 1990-1991 TV series starring John Wesley Shipp. Don’t get me wrong, I still love that show, but you could probably pull off the effects of that earlier show with a fraction of today’s budget.
I’ll be honest with you — a “Flash” TV show is way more preferable to me than a “Flash” movie. All they have to do is not make him TOO powerful. But how do you pull that off? I dunno, but that’s why those other guys get paid the big bucks and I just sit on my couch and gripe.
(Of course, there’s nothing to say I wouldn’t also enjoy a “Flash” movie and a “Flash” TV show, but then again, I’m greedy like that.)