The Flash season three is nearly upon us. The end of season two – with Barry changing the timeline to save his mother for death at the vibrating hand of Reverse-Flash – promised that there were big changes in store. However, as news snippets have seeped onto the internet during the hiatus, it seems that those differences may not be as simple as “Barry has created a new reality”. Here’s a round-up of everything we know so far about the new season:
As soon as Barry changed history at the end of season two, fans were excitedly shouting, “Flashpoint!” This wasn’t some strange outbreak mass hysteria but because the show appeared to be following a famous DC comic book storyline, “Flashpoint” in which Barry’s meddling with time created a dystopian new reality across the whole DC universe which eventually lead to DC’s famous New 52 reboot.
So, initially it seemed that season three might be set entirely in this new “Flashpoint” reality. Indeed, the trailer the CW released for The Flash season three at San Diego Comic-Con (above) majored heavily on “Flashpoint” shenanigans, with Barry in a world where his mum and dad are still alive, Wally is a speedster and Cisco is the richest man in America, having been reinvented as a mix between Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Lex Luthor.
BUT – and it’s a big but – Grant Gustin has explicitly stated that the “Flashpoint” alt-universe might not last very long at all, though its effects on Barry will be felt all season.
As Carlos Valdes (Cisco) says: “All I’m going to tell you is things are going to be different, way different… Not in a bad way; I think in a really exciting way, and it’s that difference that’s going to inform Barry’s trajectory throughout the season, and I think people are going to like it.” [YouTube]
This kinda makes sense, because with The Flash existing in the same reality as Arrow and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow, any changes to that reality on one show would affect the other shows too, which would be very confusing if it went on too long. Best to just hit reset on “Flashpoint” ASAP so the other shows can pretend it never happened.
- Savitar is set to be one of two big bads in season three. In the comics, he was a Cold War pilot who becomes a Speedster after getting struck by lightning. He then spends decades growing in strength and gaining a group of cult-like followers who want to cut off other Speedsters’ connection to the Speed Force. Savitar is named after the Hindu god Savitr. It is not yet confirmed who’s playing him, but some fans are speculating that the black-clad speedster seen filming with Kid Flash (above) could be Savitar, and the guy inside that suit was The Vampire Diaries’ Todd Lasance. Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti has categorically denied this is the case.
- Dr Alchemy is the other main villain – you can see the word “alchemy” in the trailer above. He has the ability to change his body into any element thanks to the Philosopher’s Stone, which once belonged to Merlin. Again, there has been no casting confirmation as yet.
- Mirror Master – a villain who can use reflective surfaces as transportation portals, to be played by Grey Damon (Aquarius, The Secret Circle, Star-Crossed, Friday Night Lights). Will first appear in episode four.
- The Top – played by Ashley Rickards, a meta-human who can spin really fast. Will first appear in episode four.
- Magenta, played by Joey King – a meta-human with the ability to control metal and love of a particular colour (you can probably guess which).
— Joey King (@JoeyKingActress) August 21, 2016
- There’s going to be a two-parter featuring Gorilla Grodd set in Gorilla City.
- When Zoom was killed last season, his visage appeared to change to that of Black Flash, a kind of Reaper for Speedsters in the comics. “Obviously we did that on purpose,” said executive producer Andrew Kreisberg in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “We love working with Teddy [Sears]. He’s such an amazing actor and amazing person, and was so much a part of the success of this show last season. 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.” So that’s a maybe.
- Reverse Flash – well, as you can see in the trailer, he’ll definitely be back again, but will be last beyond the post-“Flashpoint” reboot? Place your bets.
- Captain Cold – is he still a villain? Anyway, apparently Wentworth Miller’s Leonard Snart is back in episode four, in a game of one-upmanship with Mirror Master.
- Caitlin’s mother, Dr Carla Tannhauser (played by The Vampire Diaries’ Susan Walters) will be making an appearance. She is a world-class biomedical engineer and CEO of a major research company but has a frosty relationship with her daughter.
- Harry Potter’s Malfoy, Tom Felton, will be playing Julian Dorn, a fellow CSI who’s suspicious of Barry; he doesn’t buy Barry’s nice guy routine and sets out to learn what he’s hiding, all while concealing some secrets of his own.“There’s definitely some friction between Barry and Julian,” says Fenton. “He treads on the toes of Barry’s expertise. There’s some feathers ruffled fairly early on.” [Variety]
Random Plot Points:
- There will be a massive crossover with all the other Arrowverse shows in episode eight.
- Later in the season there will be musical crossover with Supergirl.
- In “Flashpoint” Barry initially retains his powers but soon he starts forgetting about his old life and his powers.
- We’ll learn more about Caitlin’s past.
- Tom Cavanagh (Wells) and Violett Beane (Jesse) will definitely be back in recurring roles… but Harry and Jesse definitely won’t be back for the season premiere. “[They will return] a little bit latter in season three,” executive producer Andrew Kreisberg told TV Guide Magazine. “How they come back an why is going to be fun an cool. Fans are going to be jazzed by it.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that Cavanagh can’t turn up as yet another variations on Wells beforehand though there have been no hints of that as yet
- Kevin Smith (the Clerks and Jay And Silent Bob film director who helmed last season’s acclaimed “The Runaway Dinosaur”) will direct episode seven.
- Episode two will see a visit from Arrow’s Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) who pays Central City a visit to give Barry some advice. [Variety]
- Wally West will become a speedster, possibly Kid Flash, but it’s unclear as yet if this is just in the “Flashpoint” reality or not.