The explosive finale of The Flash Season 2 set up a universe of possibilities for Season 3, as Barry created an entire new timeline by saving his mother's life. The last few months have seen fans speculating wildly, trying to deduce how Flashpoint will ripple out into the other shows in The CW's DC roster.
We've had a few revelations about what to expect from The Flash Season 3 — the appearance of Kid Flash for one, as well as Mirror Master's long awaited entrance — and now there's a new promo to feed the fires of fan theories once again. Check it out:
Although it's not very long, the promo actually contains a wealth of plot hints, so let's count them out.
A Mysterious Cult
Season 3 will see a host of new additions to Flash's rogues gallery, but the main antagonist for Flashpoint will probably be Doctor Alchemy — his arrival was teased in the first trailer, and this fascinating villain may well have a gang of followers.
In the second promo, we can see these cloaked figures gathering around some kind of leader (and possibly an altar or shrine). Considering Dr Alchemy's own hooded cloak, it's possible that he's the person at the center. But why would Alchemy have a host of followers? What do they want to achieve, and do they know about Flashpoint?
Barry Spills His Secrets To Wally
Because of the change to the timeline, Wally is now the Flash and not Barry, lining up with his Kid Flash role in the comics. We saw the two characters meet in the first trailer, and now it looks like Barry trusts Wally enough to tell him how he changed the timeline: As Barry describes how he caused the Flashpoint, Wally is present in the background.
He may be out of focus, but that figure definitely looks like Wally West. It makes sense for Barry to eventually tell his fellow speedster about the changes to the timeline, and the urgency in his voice hints that maybe he's going to Wally for help. What's interesting is that this scene seems to take place at S.T.A.R. Labs — or Ramon Industries, as it is now known. Does Wally work here? Or did the two speedsters just break in to use those handy transparent whiteboards?
Time Wraith Hunts Down Black Racer
The first trailer revealed a black-suited speedster clashing with Kid Flash, and now he seems to have run into some trouble with the Time Wraith.
So who is this mysterious speedster? From his costume design and the gold lightening, it's highly likely that this is the Black Racer, a fascinating character from the comics who is known by many as the god of death. The Black Racer is able to possess others, and Barry even took up this mantle for a time, during the New Gods arc.
But there is a bit of confusion here as to whether this character is the Black Racer, or Zoom returned as the Black Flash. Teddy Sears — who portrayed Zoom / Hunter Zoloman last season — has been confirmed to return as Black Flash, as exec Andrew Kreisberg revealed to EW.
"We love working with Teddy [Sears]. There aren’t any immediate plans for that, but you can’t keep a good Black Flash down, so I’m sure we’ll be seeing him in the future."
In the Season 2 finale, Zoom's costume changed after he was attacked by the Time Wraiths, leaving him in an outfit matching that of the Black Flash.
However, the costume for the mysterious black-clad speedster in Season 3 looks much more similar to that of the Black Racer, not the Black Flash — note the gold highlights.
Of course, it could be that the writers are combining the two characters, which would also line up with the comics — both Final Crisis and The Flash: Rebirth suggested that Black Racer and Black Flash were just different manifestations of the same entity. The fact that the black-clad speedster is being hunted down by Time Wraiths seems to support this, as the last time we saw Zoom he was being abducted by the Wraiths.
If the two characters really are the same, then Kreisberg's comment that there were no plans for Black Flash "in the immediate future" could be a red herring. Or, considering that comment, maybe the two really are separate. Or maybe this black-clad speedster isn't Black Racer at all, but Savitar with a different outfit — this speedy villain has already been confirmed for Season 3. We'll just have to wait and see to find out!
Barry Tells Cisco The Truth
Wally isn't the only one to be let in on the secret of Flashpoint — the new promo concludes with Barry spilling the beans to Cisco, who doesn't seem impressed.
As a multi-billionaire technology tycoon, it's understandable that Cisco wouldn't like the idea of a world in which he's a lowly scientist. Because Cisco is so different in this timeline, we're left wondering why Barry would tell him about Flashpoint — after all, it didn't seem like they were friends in the first trailer.
So maybe Barry is going to Cisco for help, as he did with Wally, hoping to use Cisco's powers as Vibe to correct the timeline. That's if Cisco even has his Vibe powers, as in this version of events the particle accelerator may not have exploded.
The more we find out, the more questions we have. At least we don't have long to go before we discover the answers!
Do you think Cisco still has his Vibe powers in the new timeline? Tell us in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]