"The Flash" is set to debut October 7, and anticipation for the "Arrow" spinoff is incredibly high, especially considering The CW has already ordered three more scripts prior to the series premiere. But if CW President Mark Pedowitz's comments to AdWeek are any indication, "The Flash" may not be the only "Arrow" spinoff headed for the network's air.
"What you’ll see embedded in 'Flash' and 'Arrow' is that we’ll have the ability to test characters out," Pedowitz told AdWeek. "Is there room to grow them into the next show? I cannot tell you yet. There are discussions going on."
Pedowitz's comments certainly shouldn't be unexpected. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have entered an unprecedented era of television based on its comic properties. In addition to "Arrow" and "The Flash," other shows for the 2014-2015 season include "iZombie," also on The CW; "Constantine" on NBC and "Gotham" on FOX. Numerous other shows are already in development including "Supergirl" at CBS and "Titans," rumored to be at TNT.
However, "Arrow" and "The Flash" are distinctive in that both share the same universe, with characters from one show crossing over into the other. (Grant Gustin was introduced as Barry Allen in a season two episode of "Arrow.") More "Arrow" spinoffs could further expand the "Arrow"-verse into a DC television universe, similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in size and scope.
"Arrow" returns on October 8, while "The Flash" debuts October 7.