Oliver Queen's Arrow won't be CW's only superhero for long, as the network gives the go ahead and order spin-off The Flash into series with Glee graduate Grant Gustin.
Gustin appeared in Arrow's two-part fall finale as Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator from Central City who came to Starling City to investigate a case similar to one that is connected to his past. His arrival in Starling City caught the eye of Felicity and the attraction became mutual. Barry also helped developed the mask of his hero the Arrow, the alter-ego of billionaire Oliver Queen, Felicity's boss.
Gustin was originally set to return to Arrow sometime later in the season, but CW decided to greenlight the pilot, as his character Barry is still in a coma after being struck by lightning, which will soon give him the ability to become the Fastest Man Alive.
The Flash will also star Law & Order alumni Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdes.
John Wesley Shipp, who preceded the role in a short-lived CBS series from 1990 to 1991, will appear in a pilot in a unknown role that has the potential to be recurring.
Renewed next season by the CW are Beauty and the Beast, Hart of Dixie, and The 100; given the pink slip are The Tomorrow People, The Carrie Diaries, and Star-Crossed, as CW decided to not to pick up Supernatural spin-off Bloodlines as a series.