Arrow to Introduce Characters From The Flash

Danielle Panabaker The FlashWhile Barry Allen’s superhero alter ego won’t, as once planned, make his debut in an episode of Arrow, two other characters from The CW’s The Flash spin-off will.

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Arrow EP Marc Guggenheim revealed at a Monday press event that The Flash castmembers Danielle Panabaker (Shark, Necessary Roughness) and Carlos Valdes (from Broadway’s Once) both will guest-star in Episode 19 of the CW’s hit sophomore drama.

Panabaker on the spin-off pilot plays Caitlin Snow, a bioengineering expert who lost her fiancé during the particle accelerator snafu at Central City’s S.T.A.R. Labs. (The smart money has her one day evolving into Killer Frost.) Valdes Carlos Valdesmeanwhile plays Cisco Ramon, S.T.A.R. Labs’ youngest genius (who may be fated to become the Justice Leaguer known as Vibe).

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“The idea of bringing in those characters really, really appealed to us because it allowed us to honor our original intention [of] doing something Flash-related around Episode 19 or 20 without … basically paying Grant Gustin to sit around with his eyes closed/unconscious the whole episode,” Guggenheim explained, saying that Barry won’t emerge from his coma until The Flash (presumably) premieres this fall. “This episode is really cool. It allows us to further flesh out the Flash universe on Arrow.”

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Arrow resumes its sophomore run this Wednesday with Episode 16, the aforementioned “Suicide Squad.” (With reporting by Vlada Gelman)

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  1. CBWBDK1 says:

    I was hoping to see barry allen at least one more time on Arrow before the flash pilot airs.

  2. Maki says:

    Nice one. I like Pannabaker, It will be interesting to see her in the Arrowverse I hope she interacts with Thea she needs some screen time.

  3. RobMF says:

    I’m a huge fan of Danielle Panabaker can’t wait for this.

  4. Tracy says:

    Meh. Nothing special.

  5. joao says:

    I was hoping to see Barry in arrow one last time before flash premieres, but I guess this will have to do, besides, I’m really enjoy Danielle’s work since she was on those disney channel movies

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Glad some of The Flash characters will be on an episode of Arrow. Wish Barry Allen would on show once more as well.

  7. Jared says:

    I’ll take anything Flash related at this point. Can’t wait for the series to premiere.

  8. Maryann says:

    The Flash is basically a “sure thing” , right? I think it would be incredibly disappointing if it didn’t make it onto the schedule at this point.

  9. enri says:

    This is good and all…just worried that they don’t use much of some of the characters they have now: Diggle, Thea and here lately Felicity.

    • Alan says:

      felicity just had an episode centered around her with the whole clock king thing, and diggle is getting the next episode centered around him.

  10. James says:

    I think it’s time for a death in arrow. Too many charachters now. Thea or laurel hopefully.

  11. ? says:

    I don’t know comics. Is Panabaker supposed to be Flash’s love interest or a villain? Or both?

  12. Sheldon W. says:

    Better than nothing, I guess…

  13. James says:

    If ‘Arrow’ is following the trend started by Marvel with their character related themes it stands to reason that other DC ‘Super Hero’s’ should become available in the future.

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  15. leafycal says:

    in the flash pilot barry meets oliver for soem hlep i want to know what episdoe it is for the arrow tv show if it is season 3 or if it in season 2 before slade attacks the city