On viewing the pilot episode of The Flash most people got excited to see the reference to Gorilla Grodd however most, if not all believe that it was merely a reference to the popular villain that that he will never appear on the small screen due to budget reasons.
WELL LADIES AND GENTLEMAN I AM HERE TO PROVE TO YOU WHY WE CAN AND POSSIBLY WILL SEE GRODD ON THE SMALL SCREEN.
Firstly lets not deny that budgeting is an issue. However from looking at the budgets of other shows such as Spartacus (according to IMDB) is 5 million per episode; it can be easy to assume that due to The Flash being one of if not the main front runner and biggest budget show for the CW that its budget would be at least equal if not more than Spartacus. Game of Thrones is estimated on average around 6-7 million per episode however there are numerous episodes which are significantly more. So for the sake of this argument we will assume that The Flash is roughly around the same amount to produce as GOT.
I am aware that the HBO is quite different to the CW but I personally still believe the CW would be pouring a considerable amount of cash into the flash.
Now many of you may be asking "WHERE IS THIS GUY GOING WITH THIS? HOW CAN THEY AFFORD A FULLY CGI GORILLA ON A TV SHOW IT IS SO EXPENSIVE!" Well everyone you are wrong.
The 2013 film Mr Go which is about the first gorilla playing baseball in the Korean Baseball League with a run time of 132 minutes had a budget of 22.5 million. I had a look at the film and I must admit, if Gorilla Grodd was that quality on the CW then it is pretty decent.
take a look for yourself at some of the CGI breakdown footage and see what you think:
Keep in mind that for this film they had to create a whole stadium for multiple scenes and not just a Gorilla smashing a few things here and there. Also keep in mind that 132 minutes is just over 2 hours of screen time. Convert that to the 40 minute long Flash episodes and for 22.5 million you get 3 Flash episodes.
132 mins = aprox 3 Flash episodes
22.5 million divided by 3 = 7.5 million per episode.
So there you have it everyone. An episode with Gorilla Grodd in it on the CW would cost around 7.5 million dollars. Keep in mind that he would not be appearing in absolutely EVERY episode and for the full forty minutes.
If you want to compare this to what GOT CGI looks like check out the video below:
Sound off in the comments below what you think. Maybe after all in a few seasons we might see The Flash face off against Gorilla Grodd.