‘The Flash’ season premiere to take its title from a familiar comic book event

There’s been a lot of news in the last week about the upcoming seasons of Supergirl, Arrow, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but things have been pretty quiet on The Flash front. Today, though, series star Grant Gustin shook things up by revealing the episode title for the upcoming Season 3 premiere.

Gustin started off the morning by revealing that he had just finished reading the script for the episode, but played prankster when it came to the episode’s title:

Series co-creator and executive producer Greg Berlanti then replied to Gustin’s tweet, giving him permission to share the title:

So, without further ado, Gustin let the cat out of the proverbial bag:

Yep, that’s right. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the first episode of The Flash Season 3 will be titled ‘Flashpoint.’

Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (Image Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment0
(Image Credit: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment0

Flashpoint was a major DC Comics event series in 2011 that eventually led to the creation of the New 52 continuity. The story found Barry Allen waking up in a universe that he did not recognize, with Superman imprisoned, Bruce Wayne’s father as Batman, and no Flash or Justice League in existence. Most shocking of all, though, was Barry’s discovery that his mother Nora is somehow alive. Eventually, Barry learns that the changes are the result of his own decision to go back in time and save his mother from Reverse-Flash. The story was adapted into an animated feature in 2013 titled Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox.

Many fans had expected The Flash would echo the Flashpoint storyline in the upcoming season, since Season 2 ended with Barry travelling back in time and saving Nora Allen from Reverse-Flash. Of course, there is no Batman, Superman, or Justice League on The Flash, so it’s a bit of a given that the television version of Flashpoint will differ significantly. Gustin later confirmed this himself:

The big question is whether or not the Flashpoint events will affect the other Arrowverse shows. One intriguing possibility is that the universe where Supergirl takes place could end up merging with the universe of the other three shows — an event that would parallel the merging of the Vertigo, Wildstorm, and DC Comics lines in the Flashpoint comic.

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The Flash returns on October 4 at 8/7c on The CW.