'Arrow' spinoff 'The Flash' gets a standalone pilot on The CW

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"The Flash," a planned spinoff of The CW's successful "Arrow" has just been given a standalone pilot. Originally, producers had expected to do a backdoor pilot for the new comic-book series, using episode 20 of "Arrow" Season 2 to launch.

Now, although the character of the Flash will originate on "Arrow," he will also get his own pilot.

According to a report from Deadline.com, Barry Allen -- the young man who will become the Flash and who is played by Grant Gustin ( "Glee") in the series -- will still arrive on "Arrow" for episodes 8 and 9 of the current season (scheduled to air on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4). It's the next step that has changed.

The Flash was originally supposed to dominate episode 20 of this season, breaking out the costume and the crime-fighting. Now, that action will move to the pilot. The origins of the Flash, however, will still be planted in the upcoming "Arrow" episodes. They already have, in fact -- news programs playing in the background throughout Season 2 have mentioned a dangerous particle accelerator that will figure importantly into the Flash story.

Why the change? Reports indicate that The CW was very happy with the Barry Allen-introducing episodes of "Arrow" and wanted to give the spinoff's creators more time (and probably a bigger budget) to properly introduce the Flash to the television world.

At least fans won't have to wait too long to meet Barry. The Central City police scientist shows up on "Arrow" after a seemingly impossible robbery hits Queen Consolidated. Oliver ( Stephen Amell) -- distracted by similarities between the current situation and something that happened back on the island -- welcomes Barry into the investigation. However, he does notice Barry and Felicity ( Emily Bett Rickards) building a connection.


"Arrow" airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW.

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