Understandably, there’s being a lot of noise made about the “Flashpoint” storyline in the upcoming third season of The Flash, which will be based on the series of the same name from the comics, which like in the show, followed Barry Allen in a completely changed DC universe after the Scarlet Speedster went back in time to save his mother’s life, which was originally ended by the Reverse-Flash in the real timeline.
Already some of the more notable changes in the show’s timeline have been made apparent, including Wally West being Kid Flash, the hero of Central City unlike Barry, and Cisco Ramon being the city’s version of Harrison Wells.
How Barry is going to deal with the new changes in the show has been kept a mystery for the most part though, and while we do know that “Flashpoint” won’t take up the entire season, it sounds like “Flashpoint” is going to affect Barry in ways he might not have been counting on.
During an interview with DC All Access, Grant Gustin teased the effects that “Flashpoint” will have on Barry in the new season:
“Barry’s the only one who knows that the timeline is different, and his memories are gradually being replaced by memories of graduating high school and college, his moments with his family, and when he realizes that those memories are replacing other memories, that’s when he starts to realize how selfish of a decision this was.”
Gustin went on to tease how it’ll affect Barry’s speedster abilities as well, comparing it to one of the most classic time travel stories in cinema history:
“It means he’s forgetting his powers, too. He’s having a full Back to the Future moment, his hand disappearing in front of him.”
I’m still somewhat resistant towards the entire “Flashpoint” storyline following the disappointing season 2 finale, after it seemed like Barry completely forgot about everything he’d learned just a few episodes earlier in “The Runaway Dinosaur,” which made the entire point of that episode (which until then was one of the highlights of the season) seem to vanish in the blink of an eye.
The creative team have a history of sometimes making Barry too naive for his own good in the show sometimes, so I’m going to spend the next several weeks sitting here seriously hoping that they don’t do that again in the new season with “Flashpoint,” a storyline who’s theme will either provide Barry with a much-needed slap in the face, or will fly over his head once again. Here’s to hoping for the former.
The Flash season three will premiere on The CW on October 4th.
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