When looking at the landscape of DC Comics over the last seven years, a lot of major elements have changed. One of the biggest changes has revolved around the character of the Flash. In the 2008 event series Final Crisis, written by Grant Morrison, Barry Allen made his return to duty in the DC Universe after being dead for over 23 years, having laid down his life in 1985’s Crisis on Infinite Earths. Upon his return, Barry was brought to major prominence once again, serving as the primary Flash of the DCU, and being the star of an event series that fundamentally changed DC Comics by leading directly into the sweeping changes of their “New 52” initiative.
Now, it looks like the popular TV show featuring that same character will be taking a similar road in the months to come.
According to Deadline, a panel featuring cast and crew of “The Flash”revealed that a major storyline from DC Comics will be explored in the series, and given what has already been explored in the series in regards to certain villains — namely the Reverse Flash — the likelihood is very high that the event series Flashpoint will be the subject of at least a few episodes.
Released in 2011 over five issues, Flashpoint dealt with Barry trying to directly change the course of time by preventing the murder of his mother, as well as his father being framed for that crime. His dabbling in the time stream causes a series of serious problems, altering our reality and changing the landscape of several DC heroes’ lives. Bruce Wayne, for instance, was murdered in place of his parents, and his father became a vicious and driven Batman in his son’s place. Hal Jordan never became a member of the Green Lantern Corps, Lois Lane became a part of an underground resistance, Superman was captured by the government as a baby and held as an experiment, and Barry Allen himself was never struck by lightning.
While several of these characters wouldn’t be able to be used on the show, using Flashpoint certainly has the ability to alter the circumstances of the companion show “Arrow,” in addition to several elements from the series — particularly as it pertains to Reverse Flash and Barry’s parents — already in place to be paid off in future episodes.
Flashpoint has been adapted into another medium before, in the form of the 2013 DC Comics Animated Original Movie Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox. While that film wasn’t the best example of a DC Comics-based animated film, the story on which its based is certainly an engaging and interesting narrative, and it should prove interesting to see if the show’s creative team will, indeed, adapt it in some form.
“The Flash” returns to the CW with new episodes on March 17th. For more on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!
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