Following the success of the hit The CW television series Arrow, it was no surprise that Arrow season two was given the go ahead. Then, just to make fans even more excited, it was announced that Barry Allen aka The Flash would appear in Arrow season 2. That excitement then turned to disappointment, when it was confirmed that Grant Gustin had been cast in the role. Now, Arrow executive producer Andrew Kreisberg has responded to the criticism of the casting.
Kreisberg told Collider, "Especially going through the process with casting The Black Canary and The Flash, we were all reminded that when we cast Stephen [Amell], there was a hearty portion of people who were cursing us that we didn’t cast Justin Hartley. You can’t take that stuff too seriously. We’re doing our own thing. As I’ve always said, hopefully after our show, there will be another show about Green Arrow, or a movie. What’s fun about these things is that they keep coming back. Everyone who takes a wack at the pinata on one of these characters gets to bring their own thing to it."
He added, "For the most part, Greg [Berlanti], Marc [Guggenheim] and I are all huge comic book fans, and we’ve all written comics, too. We’re all just so happy and excited to be a part of this world that we feel like, if we make ourselves happy, then we’re going to make a sizeable portion of the audience happy. We were never surprised about the audience’s reaction, last season, for the most part. The ones that we thought were super successful seemed to be the ones the audience thought were super successful. So, we just try to keep applying that measure of enthusiasm to what we’ve been doing."
Arrow season 2 will see a whole host of new characters from the DC Universe, with a number of villains but also plenty of friendly faces. Arrow season 2 airs on The CW on Wednesday evenings at 8/7c.