The CW Network's 2014 Upfront - Presentation

Take a look at the cast of The Flash during the CW Upfronts
NEW YORK, NY – MAY 15: Grant Gustin attends The CW Network’s 2014 Upfront at The London Hotel on May 15, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

ANow that The CW has officially ordered The Flash to series, TVGuide.com can exclusively reveal that the first Arrow-Flash crossover will occur much sooner than fans might’ve expected: Stephen Amell, who plays Arrow’s emerald archer Oliver Queen, appears in The Flash pilot!

The Arrow spin-off stars Grant Gustin as Barry Allen, a scientist who’s gifted with the power of super-speed in the aftermath of a freak accident that transforms him into the Fastest Man Alive. Given that Barry originated on Arrow, it seems only fitting for Oliver to return the favor, but there’s a twist: The Arrow isn’t visiting Barry’s hometown of Central City.

“In the Flash pilot, Barry comes to me,” Amell tells TVGuide.com. “[It’s a] little snippet in the Flash pilot where he and I share a scene together, it’s in his pilot, but [filming] it felt like our show because he’s coming to Starling City. That, to me, was one of the most rewarding things that I did as an actor because it was essentially the same crew that we used for our pilot, and it was two years later and it was the same director. It was like going back in time. [Flash and Arrow director] David Nutter asked me to be a part of the pilot and I will never say no to David Nutter.”

Glee’s Grant Gustin has landed the role of Flash alter ego Barry Allen, who will appear on Arrow before possibly heading up his own spin-off.

In the world of Arrow, Barry is a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who arrives in Starling to look into a series of unexplained robberies that may have a connection to a tragedy in his past. A comic book fan boy, Barry is obsessed with the Arrow but unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.

Barry will first appear in Episodes 8 and 9 of the second season of Arrow before the backdoor pilot for the potential spin-off airs as Episode 20, all of which will be written by Arrow executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg as well as DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns. The first two episodes will bring Barry to Starling City, while the latter will be a bigger introduction into the world of Flash.

Source: TV Guide