The Flash Joining Arrow Before Spinning Off Into His Own Series, Wonder Woman Series On Hold

flash logoThe CW’s President Mark Pedowitz has this morning been fielding questions about DC Universe television shows during an “executive session” at the TCA Press Tour. This was live blogged by HitFix, amongst others, but here’s the story as we understand it.

The network would like an interlinked series of DC Comics TV shows. They already have Arrow, and they’re going to use that series to introduce Barry Allen and give him his Flash origin in an episode of the next season. If this doesn’t go badly wrong, they’ll then be spinning off The Flash into his own series.

They’re rather more cautious about Amazon, the Wonder Woman show they’ve been working on for a couple of years. Pedowitz said that the script isn’t in shape, but wasn’t really clear on what the next step is. They may well not be pushing ahead with development there. Once again – here’s a clear case of cold feet about a superhero show or movie with a female lead.

Pedowitz was also asked if the TV Flash would be the same as the proposed movie Flash or somehow they’d tie in together, and while he said this hadn’t yet been discussed, he was quite sure that the two can stand apart (read: will stand apart) and that the network are “good to go” with their series no matter what Warner Bros. have on the cards for theatrical.

There seems little chance of any kind of  big screen-small screen crossover, to be honest, but that’s all good and well in my book.

And so we’re likely to get a shared DC Universe on the small screen up and running – pun intended – before there’s a cinematic equivalent. And then we’ll have both. And they’ll be independent. That’s not a bad result, is it?

With Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD due to launch in September, isn’t it about time we heard something about their next TV project? They do like to keep us apprised of their long terms plans, typically. Well, it apparently won’t be too long until we do hear something… and it won’t be just the one show, either…

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