“Arrow” season two hasn’t yet begun, but a spinoff is already in the works with Grant Gustin (“Glee”) cast in the lead role as Barry Allen, The Flash. “Arrow” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg shared details of how Gustin was chosen, as reported by Zap2it on Wednesday, October 2.
"Grant, just like Stephen (Amell), ironically, was the first person that we saw say the lines," Kreisberg said. "We met with a lot of other really talented people ... and it was funny, as each one of us were working on individual scenes and whatnot, we all sort of came together and said, 'We're all writing Grant.' It was just him, just in the same way it was just Stephen."
Gustin will appear in episodes eight, nine and 20. Episode 20 will serve as a pilot for a potential spinoff series.
The pilot for “Arrow” was written prior to Stephen Amell being cast as the lead character, The Hood aka Oliver McQueen. Unlike “Arrow,” the pilot episode of “Flash” can be written with its lead in mind.
"With 'Arrow,' we wrote it with nobody in mind," Kreisberg revealed. "Now, when we go into writing our actual pilot episode, episode 20 (of “Arrow”), we already have our guy. And we've already seen him on screen."
“Arrow” season two premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.