We have all speculated about and wondered what the ending of the Season 2 finale of The Flash could mean for Season 3. It was eerily reminiscent of one of the most famous comic book stories of recent years, and so fans were incredibly excited at the prospect of seeing a live-action version of the storyline.
But it was just that: speculation.
However, today The Flash star Grant Gustin officially confirmed that the title of the Season 3 premiere would indeed be "Flashpoint." After reading the script, Gustin hinted at an amazing season premiere on Twitter, after which he was given the green light by Greg Berlanti to reveal the title. And, like the awesome guy he is, Gustin happily complied:
So there you have it. The Season 3 premiere of The Flash will indeed be based on the comic book arc of the same name. As the series is renowned for creating innovative new storylines while remaining loyal to the comic books, it will be interesting to see how this arc is adapted into the show. Gustin also alluded to this when he tweeted:
If you are not all caught up on the "Flashpoint" comic story, let's take a look to see how it could indeed impact The Flash's third season.
A Brave New World
No matter how far The Flash delves into the "Flashpoint" storyline, this is a given. In the Season 2 finale, a deflated and broken Barry Allen ran back in time to save his mother, Nora Allen. After already running back in time last year but deciding not to save her as per the guidance of a future version of himself, Barry revisited the time and place once more and made a different choice. He watched as the broken version of himself from last year faded out of existence, and thus the first two seasons of The Flash and its accompanying timeline also faded out of existence.
In both the "Flashpoint" comic book and the animated film, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Barry's actions result in a pre-apocalyptic world where the world's greatest heroes have turned against each other (more on that later).
However, whether or not the series decides to go with this angle, one thing is certain: We're going to get a brave new world. Barry's mother Nora will be alive and Henry Allen will not be framed or go to prison (and also, he'll still be alive!). The Reverse-Flash will have been defeated and Eobard Thawne will not become Harrison Wells and the events of the entire series so far will have been reset. Things are going to get really interesting in Season 3 of The Flash.
A World Without The Flash
Since Barry saved his mother, many fans thought that the original timeline — the one that the Reverse-Flash is from — would now be the one we would see play out on screen, meaning the Flash would someone still exist. But now "Flashpoint" disproves that theory.
In the "Flashpoint" storyline, there is no Flash — despite Barry's claims, there is no Flash in the pre-apocalyptic world. And to make matters worse, his actions not only undid the timeline, but they undid the accident that made him the Flash. Without any familiar faces, Barry Allen gets help from Batman — who is Bruce's father, Thomas Wayne in the "Flashpoint" world — to recreate the accident. Could Season 3 of The Flash replicate this? Perhaps lightning will have to strike Mr. Allen one more time.
A Barry Allen With Amnesia
In the animated feature-length film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Barry Allen wakes up in the brave new near-apocalyptic world, unable to remember what happened to alter the timeline.
Although The Flash showed us Barry saving his mother and being well aware of what he was doing, could the Season 3 premiere perhaps be set in the "Flashpoint" future when Barry wakes, unable to remember how he got there? It could be a strong possibility that would kickstart his desire to change things back to the way they were. Speaking of storyline length, that brings me nicely onto my next point.
A Season-Long Arc
The fact that the premiere itself has been titled "Flashpoint" could possibly mean that the events will all be tied up in just one episode. However, with The Flash's track record of incredible storytelling, expect to see the storyline dragged out for a complete arc on the series.
It would be incredibly cool to see the series take a break from its usual place in time and space for an entire season, to focus on a standalone story in an alternate timeline featuring Barry's attempts to get back to his own timeline. No matter what happens, it's going to be epic.
Alternate Versions Of The Supporting Characters
As Gustin stated, The Flash will be telling its own version of the "Flashpoint" story. Although the original arc didn't include characters like Cisco, Wells or Caitlin, expect to see our favorite cast members play different versions of those characters.
We have already seen Danielle Panabaker and Carlos Valdes switch things up when they portrayed Earth-2's Caitlin and Cisco in Killer Frost and Reverb. Tom Cavanagh also did the same all last season when he played the grumpy but lovable Harrison Wells ("Harry") from Earth-2. And let's not forget about Iris West. When we last saw her and Barry, they finally confirmed their feelings for each other with a kiss before Barry travelled back in time.
How will the new timeline affect her or Joe? Will West-Allen ever come to be? It's going to be an exciting new year with potentially altered versions of our favorite characters.
Flashpoint Green Arrow
Although the comic book storyline features an alternate version of Batman, it's unlikely that the series will be able to explore that, seeing as DC's main heroes are usually exempt from the TV shows (although it could be possible with the recent casting of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman on Supergirl).
However, it's well known that the Arrowverse version of Batman is Stephen Amell's Green Arrow from Arrow. Could Barry's Flashpoint paradox result in an alternate version of the Green Arrow? Let's not forget that on Earth-2, Oliver Queen's father, Robert Queen, is the Green Arrow, and in a post-apocalyptic possible future on Legends of Tomorrow, Connor Hawke became the Green Arrow.
Thus, this "Flashpoint" arc could indeed lead to a violent, aggressive alternate Green Arrow showing up on the series and perhaps even sticking around for a little while.
The Involvement Of A Wider Variety Of DC Characters
The "Flashpoint" arc features the involvement of many DC characters: Batman, Superman, Cyborg, Lois Lane, and of course the warring Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Although The Flash may not be able to utilize all of those characters, expect to see a wider variety of DC characters involved.
Perhaps popular characters like the Green Arrow, Black Canary (or Black Siren), Supergirl, Jay Garrick, Pied Piper, Lucy Lane or even Superman will show up. "Flashpoint" may even feature prominently in the four-way crossover with Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Don't be surprised if this storyline features in Supergirl's transition to Earth-1.
So, there you have it. It looks like all our hopes and dreams for The Flash's third season are indeed coming true. Thanks to its amazing Season 2 finale, The Flash is now going to adapt arguably the most famous Flash storyline in DC Comics history. And with the show's record of producing amazing storylines, I can't wait to see how "Flashpoint" plays out. No matter what happens, I have complete faith in the series and know that it will do this incredible storyline the justice it deserves!
As we excitedly await Season 3, premiering Tuesday, October 4, I'll leave you with these epic words from the Flash himself: