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So much for the producers statement from a year ago that no one on Arrow has superpowers. It didn’t take long for the creators of Arrow to change their stance and decide to introduce a DC hero with superhuman abilities. That’s right comic nerds, super fast Barry Allen, aka The Flash, will leave Central City to help The Hood this season on Arrow. Former Glee actor Grant Gustin will portray The Flash in this season of Arrow, but how will the character translate from the comic to the tube?
We already have some details on the speedy hero’s arc this season on Arrow. Barry Allen will once again start out as a police forensic scientist just like in the comics. No word yet on the chemical spill from the comics that could turn Barry into The Flash, but my hunch is expect the same scenario played out on TV. The Flash will appear in at least three episodes this season with the hope of a spin-off in the future.
I like the idea of inserting the meta-human factor into the Arrow storyline. I stated last summer in articles and radio appearances that there was no way the show-runners could keep the super human element out of the show. DC has so many great characters with enhanced abilities, it would be a waste not to use the heroes and villains for the series. I’m not saying every new character introduced on Arrow should be super powered; there are plenty of non-super powered individuals to be used. But check out my Heroes and ‘Arrow’ and Villains and ‘Arrow’ articles that discuss the possibility of expanding the DC universe on Arrow.