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Thursday marks a pretty momentous occasion in the DC Universe. That’s the day the latest episode of Arrow premieres, with the first appearance of a major character in both the TV universe, and maybe the movie universe as well. We’re talking about Barry Allen, aka The Flash, who’ll have a two episode arc on Arrow starting with Thursday’s episode, The Scientist.

Like the grand comic book tradition of “first appearances” though, Allen (played by Grant Gustin) doesn’t show up fully formed as The Flash. He’s just a scientist investigating a crime. Watch a clip below. Read More »

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Over the summer, it was revealed that Barry Allen, aka The Flash, was going to be introduced on the CW series Arrow. Grant Gustin was cast in the role and the plan was that after appearing in two episodes of Arrow, a later episode would highlight the Flash and serve as a “backdoor” pilot for the character.

Those plans have now changed. After seeing Gustin in his first two Arrow episodes, numbers 8 and 9 airing December 4 and 11, executives have decided the character will get his own pilot instead of it being disguised as an episode of Arrow.

Update: The image above is the first official still of Gustin as Barry Allen, as he appears int he December 4 episode of Arrow.

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Tom Hanks Would Love to Play a Batman Villain, or The Flash

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You’d think an actor as popular, talented, and versatile as Tom Hanks would have his pick of the roles, and it’s true he’s had some interesting parts over the years. He’s been a soldier, an astronaut, a cowboy, a ship captain, and an entertainment mogul. He has two Academy Awards, and three additional nominations on top of that.

But in a recent interview, Hanks reveals that the one job he can’t seem to get is as a comic book superhero. “God, I want to throw a shield at somebody,” he said. He named The Flash as a dream role, but said he’d also be up for playing a Batman villain. Hit the jump to read Hanks’ comments.

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J Michael Straczynski

J. Michael Straczynski definitely isn’t the first person to notice that Marvel Studios is currently running circles around Warner Bros./DC. However, as a guy who’s worked with both companies and written for both comic book publishers, he’s in a unique position to say something about it. “I think Marvel is really kicking DC’s clock,” he said. “I’ve talked to the people at Warner Bros. and said ‘What is wrong with you people?’”

But while Straczynski has some intriguing ideas about what WB should be doing, he won’t be running the show there any time soon. He has a full plate right now with several other projects — including a new mystery film for Disney. Hit the jump for slightly more on that project, plus his comments on DC’s mistakes.

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Want to read a bit of The Flash script? What color hair will Quicksilver have in X-Men: Days of Future Past? How does Lee Pace describe Ronan in Guardians of the Galaxy? Which two movies does Todd McFarlane compare his Spawn reboot too? If Owen Wilson played Loki, what would it sound like? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Grant Gustin of ‘Glee’ Is ‘The Flash’ for CW

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Arrow co-creators Greg BerlantiAndrew Kreisberg and David Nutter are setting up The Flash as a possible new TV star for The CW, and they’ve found their Barry Allen. Grant Gustin of Glee will play the super-fast hero in three episodes of the next season of Arrow. He’ll have a two-part appearance in episodes eight and nine, and then the twentieth episode of the season will serve as a “back-door pilot” for the Flash show the network announced not long ago. Read More »

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One of the stark differences between Marvel and DC is that the latter is just as interested in launching heroes on TV as it is on the big screen. Marvel has its forays into TV, sure, but in the wake of the success of Smallville, DC has experimented with bringing Wonder Woman and Aquaman to the small screen, had a minor run with Birds of Prey and successfully launched the Green Arrow series, Arrow, on the CW.

Now the Arrow team is putting together Flash, a new series based around (surprise!) DC speedster hero the Flash.  Read More »

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Briefly: One more update to the big slate of rumored WB projects expected to be announced in the next couple hours at Comic Con. In addition to the reunion of Henry Cavill, Zack Snyder, and David Goyer on the Batman/Superman team up film (likely called World’s FinestTHR is also saying that The Flash is being planned for 2016 with Justice League to tie it all together in 2017.

That’s a plan that would emulate Marvel’s strategy more than we expected from Warner Bros. and DC, but it is certainly one that would make sense. We’ll have more details as soon as WB makes it official.

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