‘Arrow’ taps ‘Glee’s’ Grant Gustin to play the Flash

Photo Credit: Max Cantor

Move over, Oliver. A new superhero is heading for Starling City and perhaps beyond.

Arrow producers have cast Grant Gustin to play Dr. Barry Allen, the alter ego of DC Comics’ speedster better known as the Flash. As previously reported, the character will arrive in episode eight and will stick around for episode 9 before returning again in episode 20.

That episode will be a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff series based on the character. When Arrow viewers first meet Dr. Allen, he is an ordinary man, a forensics scientist working in Central City’s police department.

All three episodes featuring Barry will be written by Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti, who will executive produce the spinoff, if it is ordered to series.

Gustin is best known for his role as Sebastian on Glee, the Warbler who went out of his way to make life miserable for New Directions. His other TV roles include guest spots on 90210 and CSI: Miami.

Arrow kicks off its second season Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 8/7c on The CW.

About the Author

Mandy Treccia has served as TVSource Magazine’s Executive Editor since 2016, formerly as Editorial Director from 2012-2016. She is an avid TV watcher and card carrying fan girl prone to sudden bursts of emotion, ranging from extreme excitement to blind rage during her favorite shows and has on more than once occasion considered having a paper bag on hand to get her through some tough TV moments. Her taste in TV tends to rival that of a thirteen-year-old girl, but she’s okay with that.