Strap in everyone, this is going to be a bumpy ride. Grant Gustin has revealed the title of “The Flash’s” Season 3 premiere and it confirms the trajectory — pun certainly intended — of the next year of speedster adventures.
After being told by executive producer Greg Berlanti he can reveal the episodes title, Gustin tweets, “FLASHPOINT. This is not drill.”
For fans of the comics, this is a huge deal as “Flashpoint” is a storyline that had massive ramifications on the DC Comics universe. It was also adapted as an animated film, which is easy to watch and certainly a little bit of homework you should do over the summer. “The Flash,” as they tend to do, will be changing things up though.
“We’re definitely doing this FP thing our own way,” Gustin continues. “I’ve read Flashpoint, I’ve seen the amazing animated film. This will be its own thing.”
Given the scope of “Flashpoint,” this makes perfect sense. In the comics, when Barry saves his mom it creates an entirely new timeline that turns the DC universe upside down, as Bruce Wayne was killed, while his dad became Batman and his mom turned into The Joker. The Justice League is split up with many heroes acting as villains and the world was simply a chaotic mess.
If the show wanted to pattern itself closely after the comics, their entire world would be changed — which would have to stretch to “Arrow,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Supergirl.” Given that the four shows feature four different creative staffs with their own ideas, that would be practically impossible.
So how will this show pull off any version of “Flashpoint,” even if it’s different from what comicbook fan know? Luckily, that’s already in motion. Barry traveled back in time at the end of Season 2 and saved his mom’s life, causing a massive shift in the events of time.
Now, in theory, he’s on an entirely different timeline than the rest of the Arrowverse. So technically the things he does may not impact “Arrow” and the rest of the shows at all, other than the fact that Barry is presumably missing.
However, on “The Flash” itself, we’re guessing the story is going to follow Barry on this new timeline and — as it happens in the comics — eventually merging it with his original one.
It’s still too early to know exactly how “The Flash” is going to tackle this storyline and what it will mean for the Arrowverse at large. Whatever the case, the summer just got a lot longer as the wait for new episodes of “The Flash” seems positively endless now. So do your duty and go watch “Flashpoint Paradox” to get an idea of what may be in store.