The actor, best known for his role as the villainous Sebastian on “Glee,” will play Barry Allen in the second season of “Arrow.” The network is considering spinning off the character into his own series.
Gustin beat out other actors including James Mackay (“Singularity”) and Matt Barr (“Hatfields & McCoys”) for the role. The names were first reported by Latino Review.
The thesp will debut on “Arrow,” appearing in three episodes, starting with the eighth and ninth of the new season, with the 20th designed to serve as a backdoor pilot to launch a new superhero show for the network.
“Arrow” star Stephen Amell congratulated Gustin via Twitter on Friday, as did co-star Colton Haynes, another recent addition to the series:
Gustin guested in seven episodes of “Glee” on Fox, and on the CW’s “Beverly Hills 90210.” He also co-starred in the TV movie “A Mother’s Nightmare.”
Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have alsoconsidered a film franchise built around the character. David S. Goyer was attached to write and direct a “Flash” movie in 2004. While WB and DC were high on his script, “Green Lantern” scribes Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Michael Green were also hired to write a new script for a film featuring the character.
The character is also part of the Justice League, which WB and DC are still set to eventually bring to the bigscreen sometime after the “Man of Steel” follow-up featuring Batman and Superman.
As with the Green Lantern, multiple people — Barry Allen, Jay Garrick, Wally West and Bart Allen — have portrayed the superhero known for his red suit and super speed. Character, created by Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, was first introduced in 1940. In the DC comicbooks, animated series, direct-to-homevid pics and videogames, the Flash is known for his sarcastic wit and fast quips.
The Flash already had his own TV series starring John Wesley Shipp. It aired for one season from 1990-91.
A Flash series isn’t a guarantee. One for Aquaman wasn’t picked up. “Arrow” debuted last fall and was launched shortly after the Superman-themed “Smallville” ended its run.
In the CW’s new take, Allen will be a Central City assistant police forensic investigator who comes to Starling City to look into a series of unexplained robberies. A comicbook fan boy, Allen is obsessed with the Arrow unaware that working with Oliver and Felicity to solve the crime has brought him right into the dangerous world of the vigilante.
The CW will film Gustin’s first episode in the role on Sept. 30. “Arrow” exec producers Andrew Kreisberg and Greg Berlanti and DC Comics chief creative officer are co-writing the episode.