The CW’s Arrow has its Flash, and he’s a Warbler. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Glee villain Grant Gustin has landed the high-profile role of Barry Allen, aka the superhero the Flash, on the hit drama.
Gustin is best known as bad guy Sebastian Smythe on FOX’s Glee, a gay member of the Dalton Academy Warblers who was hellbent on beating the New Directions and stealing Blaine away from Kurt. He was not successful in either endeavor.
He is also no stranger to the CW, landing a recurring role on the final season of 90210 this past spring as Campbell, a rich college student in a secret society who tried to ruin Navid’s life. Clearly Gustin is accustomed to playing the bad guy, so being a superhero will be a bit of a change of pace.
Gustin will first appear in episodes 8 and 9 of the upcoming second season of the CW’s Arrow. He will return in episode 20, which will be designed as a backdoor pilot for a potential spin-off (just like The Vampire Diaries did with The Originals last year).
Barry Allen is a forensic scientist who starts out as an average guy, but will become The Flash, who has the ability to run incredibly fast. It’s unknown how the show will deal with this as Arrow is far more grounded in a sense of realism than most superheroes (meaning there haven’t been any aliens or mutant powers).
Fun Fact: Gustin and Arrow star Stephen Amell both guest starred on the CW’s 90210. They’ve also both starred in Lifetime original movies, with Amell as Joran van der Sloot in Justice for Natalee Holloway and Gustin in 2012’s A Mother’s Nightmare.
How do you feel about Gustin landing the role as Barry “The Flash” Allen? Do you think he could support his own spin-off?
Arrow season 2 premieres Wednesday, October 9 at 8pm on the CW.
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