The CW’s shared TV universe of DC Comics-based superhero shows is no stranger to time travel – in fact, it’s the main premise of Legends of Tomorrow – but Barry Allen’s (Grant Gustin) experimentation with time travel took a drastic turn in the season 2 finale of The Flash. Shaken by the loss of his father (John Wesley Shipp), Barry threw caution to the wind and travelled back to the moment in his childhood when his mother (Michelle Harrison) was killed, saving her from Reverse Flash and creating a brand new, unknown future.

For DC fans, this development pointed to one thing in particular: Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s 2011 comic book story arc Flashpoint, in which Barry Allen wakes up to find that his entire world has changed. His powers are gone, Thomas Wayne wears the mantle of Batman instead of his son, there has been a devastating war between the Amazonians and the Atlanteans, and Superman is nowhere to be found. While most of those characters are not in The CW’s version of the DC universe (yet), it seemed clear that The Flash showrunners Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg had something similar in mind.

Season 3 of The Flash won’t arrive until October, but Berlanti has apparently decided that it’s pointless to try and hide the direction that the show is heading in. The show’s executive producer gave star Grant Gustin permission to reveal the title of season 3’s first episode to fans – much to their delight.

The Flashpoint comic book series has already been adapted once, as a 2013 animated movie called Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox that was well-received by fans, so The Flash isn’t under too much pressure to recreate a faithful version of that story. The concept of Barry waking up to find his entire world changed is rich creative ground, however, and it will definitely be interesting to see what the show does with it.

It’s unclear at this point how far into season 3 the Flashpoint world will extend. Will it just be a cool season opener, with things settling back into the status quo by the second episode? Or will this be a multi-episode arc as Barry attempts to deal with his new world? We’ve already seen Barry lose his powers, very recently, so it’s possible that the writers will avoid retreading old ground by creating a future in which Barry is still The Flash, but everything around him has changed. We’ll just have to wait until this fall to see exactly what “Flashpoint” means for this version of The Flash.

The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday October 4th at 8pm on The CW, Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same timeslot on Wednesday October 5th, Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th, and Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 17th.

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