The Flash Photos Glimpses Episode 2
Season 2 of The Flash was another successful one at The CW. We were introduced to Earth-2 and the multiverse, met Supergirl and Jay Garrick, and learned more about the Speed Force. Barry Allen had a tough second season when the breach in the multiverse helped create a monster in Zoom. In the end, Team Flash triumphed over Zoom only to have Barry make another choice that will have repercussions in the new season.
The Flash begins it’s third season with a version of the comics’ infamous ‘Flashpoint‘ event. In the comics, like the end of Season 2, The Flash goes back to prevent the death of his mother. His action creates an alternate universe. In this ‘Flashpoint’ universe, Barry Allen never became The Flash, Thomas Wayne is Batman, Superman nearly non-existent, and an ongoing war between Atlanteans and Amazonians. Barry’s memories start to meld with the alternate timeline realizing someone has caused the timeline to skew. It’s the Reverse Flash who reminds Barry, he is the cause of the ‘Flashpoint’. Going back in time preventing his mother’s death, he created a paradox of himself. After recreating his lab accident a couple of times, Barry connects with the Speed Force once again becoming The Flash. He returns to the moment he saves his mother, merges with his old self, and doesn’t prevent her death.
What hasn’t been discussed about the ‘Flashpoint’ event more, is what transpires after he corrects the timeline. The comics merged three separate comic book universes into one, creating the New 52 universe. On the television series, we won’t go so far as the comics had gone. There are no known Atlanteans or Amazonians. Batman has never appeared and Superman will finally make his debut on Supergirl, October 10th. In terms of what the comic book event portrayed, we are going to get a CW spin on it.
Since the release of set photos by The CW and news over the summer, we’re able to guess some of the changes. As seen in the picture above, John Wesley Shipp’s Jay Garrick will return to The Flash on Episode 2’s Paradox. In the Young Justice animated series, The Flash, Jay Garrick, Kid Flash and Impulse worked together to save the world. With this photo, one can only hope to see Jay Garrick and Kid Flash help Barry pick up enough speed to go back and fix time.
In addition to the photo showing Jay Garrick’s return in the second episode, photos of Tom Felton’s character were included. It was announced over the summer, the man infamous for playing Draco Malfoy in the Potter series, would be joining Season 3 of The Flash. Felton will be playing CCPD’s CSI tech Julian Albert. Not much more was given regarding the characteristics of Albert, other than his disdain and distrust of Barry Allen. One can assume his character is more than meets the eye. Even Felton mentioned during The Flash panel at San Diego Comic Con, “They came to me for a reason. Any character I play, you should see as a threat.”
Rumors are pointing to his character eventually being revealed as either Doctor Alchemy or Barry Allen’s long lost twin, Malcolm Thawne. Both are significant characters in The Flash comics, as one is part of his Rogues Gallery and the other was a long lost twin separated at birth to be raised by the Thawne family. Based on the events in the comic books, I can see his character turning out to be either one. Although, the rumors of him being Doctor Alchemy could be a stretch. The only connection anyone can see between Tom Felton’s character and Doctor Alchemy from the comics is Felton’s history with the Philosopher’s Stone in Harry Potter. Certainly, if it were to be true, it would be extremely meta.
Entertainment Weekly interviewed The Flash executive producer, Todd Helbing about Felton’s character. “He’s a direct result of Flashpoint,” Helbing explains. Helbing goes on to explain how much Albert doesn’t like Barry and has no qualms about showing it. This confirms Julian Albert’s existence in the universe is a repercussion of fixing the ‘Flashpoint’ timeline. It’s quite possible the effect of fixing the ‘Flashpoint’ universe causes the long lost twin to find Barry faster (pun intended) or was the cause of Nora Allen having twins. If Julian Albert is just an alias so he can learn about the family (Barry being the only survivor) he was torn from, then the Allens will have a very difficult future ahead of them. In the comics, Cobalt Blue creates a family feud between the Thawnes and Allens lasting a millennium.
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