The last five minutes of that The Flash finale may have literally just changed EVERYTHING.
Obvious spoilers ahead.
It seems that the creators of The Flash and the DC TV universe is taking us to Flashpoint.
If you don’t already know, Flashpoint was a five-issue miniseries written by Geoff Johns, who is now an executive producer of The Flash and the Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics. The story took us to an alternate universe where there was no Superman or Flash, Wonder Woman is at war with Aquaman, Batman is Thomas Wayne not Bruce and Captain Cold is actually a hero named Citizen Cold.
A violent war between Atlantis and Themyscira has plunged parts of Europe into the ocean and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Barry Allen is the only person who can remember the pre-Flashpoint world and has to work to restore his powers so that he can travel back in time and fix the timeline.
Though Barry believes that the Reverse-Flash is responsible for the changes, it is revealed that Barry altered the timeline by going back to save his mother from being murdered.
Holy crap – sounds a little familiar doesn’t it?!
There were a ton of rumors at the end of The Flash‘s first season that the show was going to tackle this storyline, but Barry went back in time and
ultimately didn’t save his mother in that finale. Well, in last night’s season 2 finale, he went back in time and defeated the Reverse Flash, saving his mother, while The Flash from the season 1 finale watched the whole thing happen and faded away with a smile on his face. If Nora never died, then Barry never became The Flash, never traveled back in time to see the future changed – only the current version of Barry continues as a time remnant of the future that used to be.
The fact that Season 1 Barry disappeared means that the timeline has certainly been altered, but how major will these changes be. The show is obviously going to tackle that in season 3.
It’s extremely unlikely that the show will be introducing characters such as Aquaman, Wonder Woman and Batman but the show has a habit of adapting stories and applying them to characters that do exist in the DC TV universe.
For example: The Flash has already toyed with the idea that Robert Queen was the Green Arrow on Earth-2, not Oliver which could easily be applied to Batman’s Flashpoint storyline. (As if there weren’t already enough Batman comparisons on Arrow).
The introduction of the Flashpoint storyline also helps clarify, this news: Wentworth Miller Leaving Legends of Tomorrow but Keeping Overall CW Deal. His character would likely still be alive in the new Flash timeline and as a hero, no less. Welcome, Citizen Cold.
The producers have not confirmed that Flashpoint is happening next season, but it definitely seems that way, which raises the question: How will this affect the other DC-CW shows, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and now, Supergirl. It’s possible that these shows could remain in their own timelines while the characters make simultaneous appearances on The Flash as the versions of their characters in The Flash, until the Flashpoint storyline gets wrapped up, but what’s the fun in that!
The CW announced at their upfront event that the network will have it’s most epic crossover event ever, now with the addition of Supergirl in the mix. You can find that story —-> HERE.
The shows could remain separate until December, which would then see all the shows crossover and end up back in the same timeline. This would be a way to merge Supergirl, which currently takes place on an alternate Earth, into the main continuity with Flash, Arrow and Legends.
A lot of this is speculation and we will probably learn more about where the story is headed at Comic-Con in July, but either way it definitely seems like we have a lot to look forward to next season!