Warner Bros. studio has been hit or miss when it comes to churning out box office hits, but it has had significantly more success when it comes to getting heroes on the small screen. The Warner-owned CW recently announced that it was already ordering a new season of "Arrow," a series based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow. This shouldn't come as a surprise given that the show is the network's top-rated series. It's also the source of what may be its next major hit.
Speeding things up Because of the popularity of "Arrow," a spin-off focusing on Barry Allen, aka The Flash, is in the works. Allen's character (played by Grant Gustin) was introduced in a two-part story arc in the second season of "Arrow," though he was left in a coma after a freak accident. A backdoor pilot was originally planned for the new "Flash" series, but given the ongoing popularity of "Arrow" and how well received the Barry Allen character was, the network decided to give it a traditional pilot instead.
One primary difference between "Arrow" and the "Flash" spinoff will be the increased prevalence of super-powered characters in what has thus far been a much more grounded TV reality. In addition to the titular speedster, the new series will feature super-powered villains. Rick Cosnett (of the CW's "The Vampire Diaries") has been cast as Detective Eddie Thawne, who almost certainly has some connection to the comic character Eobard Thawne (also known as the villain Professor Zoom or Reverse Flash). Danielle Panabaker has been cast as Caitlin Snow, the alter-ego of the ice-powered villain Killer Frost.