The Flashpoint is coming to the CW's The Flash. Which is great, since the fans of the series will be treated with the adaptation of the most famous storylines of the new 52 (and it is famous, since this storyline was the one to reboot the entire universe). However, at the same time, it isn't that great, especially for the fans of the comic. And that is because, like any adaptation, the Flashpoint of the CW will be quite different from the original source.
So what differences will there be? What will be taken from the comics and what will be left out? If you want to find out, this is the place to be!
However, be warned - there may be some pretty big spoilers!
In Flashpoint, Barry Allen wakes up to what seems to be a normal day. Except it isn't. After he previously broke the time barrier and saved his mother, everything changed. And the most noticeable thing was that he had no superpowers at all - get your head around that, if you can (it isn't called a paradox for nothing).
In a way, the death of his mother was a catalyst, an event that triggered somewhere down the line the creation of Flash. Without this event, the fastest man alive exists no more. But hey, at least Nora Allen didn't die!
Furthermore, while the impact isn't as big, Barry's father didn't die in prison. In Flashpoint, he died a couple of years before Barry woke up to a completely different day. So everything changed for this family.
But the biggest problem wasn't at all the loss of his superpowers. Which, as everybody expects, will happen in the show.
War of the Superheroes
The biggest problem in this new world is that Aquaman and Wonder Woman, 2 traditional founding members of the Justice League, are at war. And it isn't just a scuffle - their fight, in which both of their armies are involved, threatens to destroy the entire world, with the hottest battleground being in England.
As it was explained plenty of times (including for the infamous Flash cameo from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), traveling in time and changing a single thing has created time ripples. In the same way in which a rock creates ripples on the surface of water, the saving of Nora Allen changed the timeline entirely.
So the Flashpoint affected not just the Allens, but the entire world. And the Flashpoint war between the Atlanteans and the Amazons showcased how fragile the world can be and how dangerous traveling in time actually is.
And, unfortunately, there is no chance for this part of the Flashpoint to make it onto the small screen.
Maybe the war between Aquaman and Wonder Woman wouldn't have been such a big problem if there were someone more powerful than they are to help them reach a truce. But the Flashpoint and the time ripples changed things, and Superman doesn't exist any longer.
Or, at least, he isn't the Man of Steel everybody knows. Thus, the ship carrying the baby Kal-El crashed in Metropolis, destroying everything in its path and killing many civilians. The army was quick to come and retrieve him, this leading to a life of misery for the alien.
And that is unlike the original timeline, where the ship crashed in the middle of nowhere (so to speak) and where Kal-El was taught all the good things by his adoptive parents.
The Flashpoint Superman is still very powerful. However, he cannot control his abilities and he is quite a depressed individual, who has no reason (and no moral ground) to intervene in the war. But that doesn't mean that other superheroes don't exist.
Will Superman be portrayed this way on the small screen? Again, there is no chance that this will happen.
Thomas and Martha Wayne
In the Flashpoint timeline, another ripple changed another important thing. While Metropolis was devastated by the arrival of Kal-El, in Gotham it was a young Bruce Wayne being killed instead of his parents. Which once again proved to be a fatal blow for the future formation of the Justice League.
Thus, driven out of her mind by this event, Martha Wayne cut a huge smile on her face, pretty much like we saw in The Dark Knight with the Joker. At the same time, Thomas Wayne took on the mantle of Batman - and he became the fiercest vigilante of them all, one who didn't shy away from killing wrongdoers.
Alcoholic, depressed, and extremely aggressive, Batman meets in the end with the Joker and convinces her to kill herself - basically, this happened. And, basically, he showcased once again that the Dark Knight still holds the higher moral ground in a universe where he is a serial killer.
Are there any chances for this to happen on the small screen? No. Too much backstory for these essentially secondary characters would make the CW show anything else but a Flash one. But there is a chance to see this happening on the big screen.
Or, at least, I hope so.
Hal Jordan and Martian Manhunter
The Time Boom wasn't felt just on Earth, where Bruce Wayne died and Kal-El never became Superman. The ripples were felt in the universe, as well. Thus, if in the original timeline Hal Jordan was chosen as a Green Lantern after the death of Abin Sur, this doesn't happen in the Flashpoint. Abin Sur doesn't crash at all, which means that the universe will miss its greatest Green Lantern.
This isn't all. Hal Jordan is just a simple pilot. And there is no time for heroic deeds for him. Why? He is shot down from the sky by the Amazons' fleet of invisible jets. And, believe it or not, I can actually see a powerless Hal Jordan appearing in the CW universe, even if the context will be completely different.
As far as the Martian Manhunter is concerned, the last founding member of the original Justice League was captured by the Outsider in the Flashpoint and sold to Russia (after being tortured and experimented upon). Martian Manhunter turned evil and took over Russia, only to be killed in the end by the Outsider.
And so goes the original Justice League - was there nobody to fight the Amazons and Atlanteans?
Yet again something that won't happen in the small-screen Flashpoint. Instead of Superman becoming the go-to superhero, Cyborg took his place - which also explains why he is a founding member of the Justice League in the new 52.
However, despite being the most recognizable superhero of the timeline, his job cannot get any more difficult. Besides having to find a way to stop the war, besides being unable to bring Batman onto his team, he also has to deal with the politicians. He is the war dog of the President - and, in the end, he can only disappoint.
But, at least, in the new 52 he is one of the most powerful superheroes and a founding member of the Justice League. He won't appear on CW, but he will during the first Justice League movie, next year.
Here is something that could happen on the CW if the Flashpoint stays at least a bit true to the comics. In the comic book, Captain Cold is called Citizen Cold and is, in fact, the hero of Central City. Furthermore, he even has a museum dedicated to him, pretty much like Flash had in the original timeline.
However, he isn't exactly a superhero. Instead, it is revealed that he used to be a low-level criminal. To hide this, he even freezes Wally West. When Iris West finds this out, she in turn freezes him.
But even without this detail, the Flashpoint universe has some pretty harsh heroes. Thus, Citizen Cold even kills his enemies (Rogues like the Flash had), even if his secret isn't in any peril to be revealed. Which comes to say that this new world can accept some pretty brutal superheroes.
And I can bet that we will see this happening in the third season of The Flash.
While the Green Arrow is present in the Flashpoint universe, Oliver Queen isn't the superhero everybody watches on the CW. Instead, he is an industrialist who steals technology from supervillains in order to equip his own mercenaries. Even more, while the name suggests it, he can’t even use a bow and arrow.
Bottom line, the Flashpoint Oliver Queen is no hero. All that he seeks is his own well-being. Sure, at one moment, he does flirt with the idea of having his mercenaries become actual heroes. However, this idea is put to rest instantly, as a bomb goes off.
He doesn't die, though, which is even worse than otherwise. How come? Because unknowingly, after his mercenaries are killed, he orders the death of his own daughter. As said, Flashpoint is a ruthless universe.
Can we expect Stephen Amell to cameo? Of course we can - maybe he even helps Barry regain his powers! And even if he doesn't, he still appeared in one Flashpoint already!
Experiments with the Speed Force
Obviously, Barry Allen has tried in the comics to regain his powers. However, he doesn't succeed at first. In fact, after trying to recreate the same conditions of the accident that granted him superpowers, he nearly burns to death.
However, the second time is a charm for him and he becomes the Flash again.
As said, maybe Oliver Queen will help him in the CW show. However, to be noted, Grant Gustin's Barry Allen has already been depowered by Zoom. So having him again powerless will be, well, nothing new (it wasn't the first time as well, since this is a common trope in superheroes movies).
But I do believe that the third season of The Flash will see Barry Allen once again losing his powers. And, if that happens, I can't wait to see him getting them back!
And whose fault is this? Who is to blame for the Flashpoint? Well, Barry Allen, of course. However, the antagonist, and the one who put him on this path, is none other than Reverse-Flash. And this will definitely happen on the CW.
Although it will be much later on. Of course, we already know who the Reverse-Flash is. However, it will still be an occasion for great storytelling! Just imagine the Reverse-Flash once again toying with Barry Allen and telling him that his mother needs to die.
By having the Flash change the timeline and trigger the Flashpoint, Reverse-Flash has transformed Barry Allen into a living paradox. Which means that Thawne can now kill him without erasing himself from existence.
Batman to the rescue
In the climactic fight of the Flashpoint comics, when everybody is fighting everybody, Reverse-Flash cannot stop teasing Barry Allen. However, he meets a pretty gruesome end. And who did it? It was Thomas Wayne, the ruthless Batman!
Using the sword of an Amazon, he stabs Reverse-Flash in the back. It cannot get any more heroic than this!
Thomas Wayne's story doesn't end, though. He gives Barry a letter for Bruce Wayne, to be delivered once the timeline is restored. And Barry does so, bringing Bruce to tears. This won't happen on the CW, though we can expect for the Reverse-Flash to die.
But it would be an awesome Easter-Egg if, in Gotham, a young Bruce Wayne receives an anonymous letter. It would be awesome, even if Barry Allen isn't mentioned, even if we don't know who sent it, even if we don't know what it says. Just show a young Bruce Wayne being convinced of the path he needs to take.
Fixing the timeline
Obviously, at the end of the comics' Flashpoint, Barry Allen travels back in time, merges with his younger self (the one who saved Nora Allen), and lets his mother die. Which will be, once again, heart-breaking.
And this will also explain the disappearance of the younger Flash from the Season 2 finale. Basically, we already saw the two versions of the superheroes merging one with another.
And, as said, having to let his mother die will be even more emotional than when he saved her. Imagine the thoughts passing through his mind, knowing that the death of his mother means the survival of the entire world.
And is this all? Not really"¦
The concept of multiple timelines has already been introduced in The Flash. The Flashpoint provides another opportunity to unite these universes into a single one. Just as it happened in the comics. And this will explain the connection between Supergirl and The Flash.
Furthermore, I do expect that, as the season progresses, connections will be made with Arrow as well. And, by the end of it all, I do believe that Arrow will fall into this newly created universe.
Another opportunity is bringing Gotham into the fold as well (as mentioned before). In addition to that, more and more superheroes could appear - Booster Gold played an important part in the Flashpoint comic book storyline. So maybe he'll get a series as well (and we'll be spared the already announced Booster Gold big-screen flick).
All in all, the Flashpoint is more than welcome at this point on the small screen. Besides unifying the existing DC shows, it also brings the possibility of more superhero series.
What do you think? Is the Flashpoint the turning point of the DC small screen multiverse?