Now 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.”
When The Flash’s alter ego Barry Allen makes his entrance on Arrow this season, he’ll make fast friends with the vigilante’s crew.
“He has a very easy relationship with Felicity, because Barry’s a forensic scientist,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg revealed during TVLine’s visit to the CW hit’s Vancouver set. “He’s young and a little socially awkward, like she is. So there’s a lot of fun with that.”
“He comes to Starling City, and he says to [Felicity], ‘I heard the vigilante saved you. What’s he like?’” previews Kreisberg. Being in the hero’s orbit is “definitely going to have an impact… because he’s seen that it’s possible to put on a mask and change the world.”
“For Barry, it’s one of those things where it’s like, ‘Be careful what you wish for,” adds Kreisberg. “In the [DC] comics themselves, Barry was a fan. If you look at Justice League, you have Superman and Aquaman and Wonder Woman…. Then you’ve got Barry Allen, who’s just a guy.”
It’s that Everyman quality that “appeals so much to [exec producer] Greg [Berlanti], [DC Comics CCO/writer] Geoff [Johns] and me,” Kreisberg says, “and it’s also why it’s a really good fit in the world of Arrow. While we’re introducing fantastical concepts to things, we also want to try to keep the show grounded and as realistic as possible.”