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CW Tweaks Plans for 'The Flash' Deadline

The CW has changed its plans for introducing its new superhero "The Flash." Writing on Deadline.com, Nellie Andreeva reports that the network has decided to create a stand-alone pilot for the character, backing away from the original plan to create a backdoor pilot in "Arrow."

The character, portrayed by Grant Gustin, was slated to appear in three episodes of "Arrow," with the 20th episode serving as a backdoor pilot for "The Flash," the story says. "But now the CW has opted to film a traditional stand-alone 'Flash' pilot instead of doing a backdoor pilot as 'Arrow's' episode 20," Andreeva writes.

The character's origin story was slated to be told in the eighth and ninth episodes of "Arrow."

"The creative team remains the same, with 'Arrow' co-creators Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and series scribe Geoff Johns writing the pilot and [David] Nutter, who helmed the pilot for 'Arrow,' directing," the story says.

Andreeva adds: "The decision was made after CW brass saw cuts of Episodes 8 and 9, which have been very well received. Filming a stand-alone 'Flash' pilot would allow the creators to better flesh out the superhero’s story and his world on a bigger budget, as pilot budgets are significantly higher than episodic ones. While no longer a full-blown spinoff, 'The Flash' still will be tethered to the 'Arrow' universe since the the character (as Barry Allen) will first be introduced there."

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