It's hard to believe that we're still 4 months away from the season 3 premiere of The Flash. The popular DC TV show first aired on The CW in 2014, and it's since managed to gather a ton of devoted fans!
The series, starring Grant Gustin as Barry Allen (The Flash), concluded its second season back in May. Needless to say, the season 2 finale was amazing and incredibly emotional, leaving fans with a cliffhanger that has got many anxious and excited for the third season's premiere!
With Barry going back in time to save his mother, and the timeline no doubt drastically changed because of that, it's going to be interesting to see how different his world is when he returns back to his time. Luckily, we don't have to wait until October to get a glimpse into what Flash's tampering with the timeline has done. You may have heard some recent news about a certain Flash alumni finally joining the fray in season 3.
We knew that more speedsters would be coming to The Flash for a while now, but now it's been confirmed that Kid Flash is coming to The Flash! Technically, he's always been there, as Keiynan Lonsdale has been portraying Wally West since season 2 of The Flash. However, this will be the first time that Wally's Kid Flash persona has showed up on the show, and in live-action in general!
Wally appeared in the show as a regular guy, the son of Detective Joe West and the brother of reporter Iris West. It wasn't until the second half of season 2 that Wally was struck by the same energy that transformed Barry into The Flash. He still showed no signs of any powers, but fans were fully convinced that his abilities would eventually awaken.
Right they were, as the photos posted by The CW show Wally in full Kid Flash gear! But hold on a second, how is that possible? If the title of the first episode of The Flash season 3 is to be believed, the show is about to start taking heavy influence from a popular DC Comics event known as Flashpoint.
What Is Flashpoint?
Flashpoint sees Barry Allen doing the same thing he does in the Flash season 2 finale, going back in time in order to stop Reverse-Flash from killing his mother. He succeeds, however in doing so, he has completely altered the timeline. This doesn't just change his life, but the lives of those around him and the entire DC universe!
One huge deal about Flashpoint is that because Barry stopped his mother from dying, his life is changed, and he never has the fateful accident that gives him his powers, meaning The Flash doesn't exist.
The season 3 premiere episode of The Flash is titled "Flashpoint", meaning that the show is likely going to reference the comic event for at least the first half of the third season. If that's the case, how can Kid Flash exist if the original Flash doesn't? Well, I've got a pretty convincing theory about that, and it's all got to do with DC's recent Rebirth line of comics.
The Answer Is In Rebirth!
DC Universe Rebirth is a special comic book event that alters the entire DC universe, revealing shocking secrets and revelations about the world of our favorite superheroes. Rebirth keeps certain elements and plot points found in the previous New 52 comic book storyline, as well as the Flashpoint event.
Like most DC comic book events, Rebirth centers heavily around Flash, as well as the recently returned Kid Flash. See, Wally West was not present for New 52, seemingly being erased from the timeline because of the Flashpoint paradox.
Wally returns in The Flash: Rebirth #1, as it's revealed that he wasn't gone, just trapped in the Speed Force. Being a speedster, Wally is connected to the Speed Force, just like Barry Allen. His connection to the Speed Force is ultimately what stopped him from losing his memories or being altered along with the rest of the characters in the timeline. Wally is ultimately freed from the Speed Force when Barry remembers him, pulling him out before the force can consume him.
An Emotional Reunion!
What happens next is a story for another time, but the bottom line is, there's a chance that the third season of The Flash will feature this emotional reunion. That's right, I don't think the Wally West that we see dressed up as Kid Flash in the CW promotional photos is part of the new timeline, I believe that he's the same Wally West from the second season of The Flash!
Think about it, if this season really is based on Flashpoint, then Barry Allen won't be The Flash in this new timeline, meaning that Wally likely wouldn't be going around calling himself "Kid Flash". That'd be like Superboy still calling himself that in a world where Superman never existed!
What's more likely is that pre-Flashpoint Wally West, like his comic book counterpart, is trapped in the Speed Force, desperately trying to get out and fix the timeline. This would make sense, as the writers of the show are going to need some way for the timeline to be readjusted. Assuming that's what they want, Wally zipping through the Speed Force to fix time would be the best way to do it!
The only problem with this is that Rebirth is fairly new, and it might be a while until we see anything related to it adapted on screen. But with DC trying to make their world simpler, and with comics and TV referencing each other a lot more nowadays, I wouldn't be surprised if we saw some elements and characters from Rebirth appear on TV and in the films!