The CW is gearing up to kick off its Fall TV slate of new and returning series, including four shows based on DC Comics superheroes - Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and new-to-the-network Supergirl. For its part, The Flash set up exactly what fans could expect from its upcoming season during the show's previous season finale. In the final scenes of season 2, Barry Allen (Grant Gustin), after losing his father to Zoom, traveled back in time to save his mother from Reverse-Flash - kicking off the well-known comic book arc known as Flashpoint. Gustin confirmed this storyline for season 3 when he revealed the premiere title to be 'Flashpoint'.
Although Flashpoint and its alternate reality won't last for the entirety of season 3, fans can rest assured it will dominate the opening episodes of the The Flash's upcoming season. In fact, the second episode title, 'Paradox', may be a reference to the animated film Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox based on the same comic storyline. Now, though it's unclear what the paradox may be that the episode title is referring to, new images from 'Paradox' tease a heroic return.
The CW released a full gallery of images from The Flash season 3 episode 2, which feature the return of Earth-3's Jay Garrick (John Wesley Shipp) - who, last we saw, was bringing Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) and his daughter Jesse (Violett Beane) back to their home Earth. The images additionally feature more shots of Tom Felton's character, Julian Albert - who was previously referred to as Julian Dorn. Take a look at the images:
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Additionally, The CW has unveiled the official synopsis for 'Paradox', which teases the effects of Flashpoint and the dynamic between Barry and Julian. Take a look:
THE AFTERMATH — Barry (Grant Gustin) realizes the effects from Flashpoint are much greater than he thought. Meanwhile, Barry meets new co-worker Julian Albert (Tom Felton) and is surprised by Julian’s immediate disdain for Barry. Ralph Hemecker directed the episode written by Aaron Helbing & Todd Helbing (#302). Original airdate 10/11/2016.
In terms of the paradox referred to by the episode title, it may have something to do with the "effects from Flashpoint" teased by the synopsis. We know that although Barry will awake in Flashpoint with knowledge of his original timeline, those memories - and his powers as The Flash - will begin to disappear the longer he stays in the alternate timeline. This may lead to Barry working to fix the timeline and set things right, so that he can go back to his original life as The Flash. It's likely Barry losing his memories/powers is the time paradox to which the episode title refers.
That said, there's plenty more for fans to look forward to in episode 2 aside from the temporal effects of Flashpoint. With the return of Jay Garrick and the introduction of Julian, 'Paradox' will feature more characters new and old as The Flash continues to explore the alternate timeline. Of course, how it all comes together and how fans will respond remains to be seen when The Flash season 3 kicks off in a few weeks.
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, Supergirl season 2 on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: The CW [via ComicBook.com]