Warning: This post will contain spoilers for The Flash seasons 2 and 3.
Fans watched in confusion at first during The Flash season 2 finale when Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) decided to travel back in time to the past at the end of the episode, and save his mother from dying at the hands of The Reverse Flash, something he had been unable to do previously. Aside from the possible thematic frustrations that the decision caused, it set up a rather huge storyline from the comics to be told onscreen that fans had only ever dreamed about actually happening previously.
We’re of course, talking about the “Flashpoint” storyline from the comics, which started when (like in the show) Barry traveled back in time to save his mother, and in doing so, changed the entire landscape of the DC Universe.
Some of the notable changes included Wonder Woman’s Amazonians and Aquamans Atlanteans becoming involved in a war with each other, Bruce Wayne being the one to die in the alley leading his father to become Batman and his mother The Joker, Superman being kept in an underground facility after being discovered by the military, Captain Cold becoming Central City’s hero, The Justice League never exsting, and more.
For those of you that guessed Barry’s decision in the end of the season 2 finale would lead to the Flashpoint story as well, it looks like you were right as Gustin himself has officially revealed (via Twitter) the season 3 premiere title to be…. “Flashpoint.”
FLASHPOINT. This is not drill. https://t.co/nzq2NJh9pl
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) June 20, 2016
It’s impossible know right now what kinds of changes will happen in the DC TV Universe version of the “Flashpoint” storyline, though I imagine they might not involve as many iconic DC characters and completely world-changing differences as the comics. What will really be interesting to see, is how much the “Flashpoint” story takes up of season 3, if it’s contained to just a few episodes, or more.
The reveal still doesn’t take away some of my problems with the season 2 finale if I’m being honest, since Barry’s decision seemed to completely contradict and take away the weight of his lessons in “The Runaway Dinosaur” just a few episodes earlier, which reigns supreme as one of the show’s best episodes to date as well. We’ll have to wait and see what exactly the TV version of “Flashpoint” is going to be, but knowing that it’s coming should raise the hype surrounding season 3 quite a fair amount now.
The Flash season 3 will premiere on Tuesday, October 4th on the CW.
Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.
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