At the end of Season 2 of The Flash, Barry did something that will change the universe as he knows it. Going back and time and saving his mom from the Reverse Flash will warp his world into an alternate timeline. This timeline is known in the comics as Flashpoint. This event reset the DC universe and led fans into a reboot of the characters known as The New 52.
So what does the comic book story line have to do with CW's The Flash? Apparently a lot. In the new trailer titled "Run Devil Run," we get a lot for information on what this version of Flashpoint will be. Check it out below:
There is a boat load of new footage in this trailer. We get a better look at Wally West, The Rival, and how changing the timeline effects Barry physically. The big twist is that now we know that just like in the Flashpoint comic, Barry is going to lose his powers. In this iteration he seemingly starts to forget that he is The Flash. This is due to the fact that Barry's real past no long exists.
Wally West (Keiynan Lonsdale) is also a Flash in this version of the timeline. We see him team-up with Barry pretty quickly. Barry is helping him fight a speedster named The Rival, who is the Earth-2 Reverse-Flash from the comics. Whoever he may be, he now faces down two Flashes, and that probably won't end up too well for him.
Team Flash (as always) is along for the assist, but they aren't as they were when we left them last season. In previous footage we have seem that Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdes) is a super rich scientist and Joe West (Jesse L. Martin) has no idea who Barry is. Now we get to see our first glimpse of Caitlin Snow (Danielle Panabaker). Barry brings her into the fold and completes the crew. They are no doubt going help Barry in fixing the timeline. He is going to have to do it before the new past he created overwrites his memory. In the Flashpoint comic Batman (Thomas Wayne) helps him, but in this version it will be the characters the CW has at their disposal.
As for the permanent ramifications, if Barry fixes the timeline won't be known until much later in the season. It will be interesting to see this massive comic event unfold on television. This event could spread out to all of the other Arrowverse shows: Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. It has already be stated that the Flashpoint event will help bring Supergirl over to the Arrowverse.
It's going to be a fun ride and we will get to see how it plays out when The Flash Season 3 begins on October 4, 2016.
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