The Flash's Grant Gustin: "I might never play a cooler character," and here's why

Jul 30, 2014 at 4:55 p.m. ET
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The cast and crew of The CW's The Flash stopped by Comic-Con this year and we were stoked to get to talk with them. With so many comic-related options on television and in theaters right now, we wondered what could possibly make The Flash stand out above the rest. The answer was easy: A whole new, brighter vibe and one seriously lovable hero.

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From what we've seen of The Flash, we're witnessing a completely different take on the latest round of superhero shows. More along the lines of The Avengers movies, The Flash has some humor and lightness behind it. Sure, there are villains and, yes, The Flash will fight them. But, that doesn't mean the dude can't have a little fun along the way, right? That lightness is exactly what the showrunners were going for with their newest foray into this world.

"It was very much a conscious decision. I think part of that was because even in the comic books and in the DNA of the character, he was always sort of a fanboy," said producer Greg Berlanti. "He was always wild-eyed and couldn't believe some of the people he was hanging out with and there was a bright blue skies kind of demeanor. And comedic and good with a quip. And so you put all those things together and it kind of tells you the tone it wants to be, I think, a lot of times."

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Grant Gustin, who plays The Flash, expanded on his likability. It turns out he's pretty taken with his character.

"He's just so sweet," said Gustin. "I've played so many characters that I would never be friends with or wouldn't want to be in the same room with. So, it's nice to play somebody that people like and I would like. And he's funny and cool. I may never play a cooler character."

OK, boys. We get it and we already knew: The Flash from the comics was an awesome dude. But, what else makes The CW's Flash so special? Berlanti gave a good bit of credit to his star, as well.

"You're still in a heightened world," he said. "So, it was like introducing an organ to a body, I think. In part, so much of that is with Grant [Gustin]. When he came into the Arrow universe, if you can believe in him, and you want to believe in him and what happened to him, you would want to be in that world. I believe it's our connection with the actors that give it the most grounding."

After spending some time with Gustin, we definitely feel that connection. As if we weren't excited enough to geek out with you this fall, he solidified our excitement. Ready for a new kind of hero? Us, too.

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