Check out the first tears for the new CW Arrow spinoff The Flash:
Debuting in the first commercial break in Arrow‘s season-two finale, the promo was the first time viewers got to see Barry Allen, played by Glee’s Grant Gustin, after he fell into a coma at the end of a two-episode appearance in November. It features Stephen Amell (as Green Arrow), passing the arrow, so the speak, to Gustin. As he fires off an arrow, The Flash catches it in the knick of time. “Show-off,” scoffs the Arrow as The Flash celebrates in the distance.
Barry was struck by lightning at the end of his Arrow arc, teeing up his eventual transition into the superhero known as The Flash. Though he has not appeared in any more Arrow episodes, he has been mentioned and other members of S.T.A.R. Labs have: Bioengineering expert Caitlin, played by Danielle Panabaker, and mechanical engineering genius Cisco, played by Carlos Valdes, appeared in episode 19.
The Flash is just one of two DC Comics-based series joining The CW slate for the 2014-15 season, the other being iZombie. The network unveils its fall schedule Thursday morning to ad buyers in New York.
Joining Gustin, Panabaker and Valdes in the main cast are John Wesley Shipp (aka the original Barry Allen from the ’90s series); Tom Cavanagh as physics “rock star” Harrison Wells; Jesse L. Martin as Detective West; Candice Patton as West’s daughter and Barry’s love interest Iris; and Rick Cosnett as Detective Eddie Thawne.
Arrow‘s Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg and director Nutter are executive producers on the spinoff. Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns wrote the pilot, with David Nutter directing. Melissa Kellner Berman serves as co-executive producer.