CW's The Flash left fans reeling with their world-shifting season 2 finale, based on the Flashpoint comics arc, in which protagonist Barry Allen goes back in time to save his mother. The show's season 3 Comic-Con trailer saw Allen return to the world he created by deciding to reset his own timeline - a world that offers some new (but familiar) faces.
When The Flash introduced character Wally West (played by Keiynan Lonsdale) in season 2, comic fans immediately recognized him as the alter ego of Kid Flash. Still, fans were unsure when the character - reimagined as Iris West's drag-racing younger brother - would reach superhero status. Images from season 3 finally gave us an answer: Barry's time-space manipulation has resulted in an alternate universe starring Kid Flash.
Yesterday, The Flash storyboard artist Jeremy Simser revealed that plans to power West have been developing for some time. Artist Simser released one of his images, along with its episode still counterpart, via Twitter:
— Jeremy Simser (@JeremySimser) August 30, 2016
As Barry Allen narrated in the season 3 trailer, "Some things happen by chance, and some things happen because we make them happen." This appears to be Simser's playful nod to the latter case. The images show a super-suited Allen standing confidently next to West, with both gazing sternly at something - or someone.
Fans are still eager to learn how The Flash and Kid Flash end up uniting, especially since Iris doesn't even know Barry any more in the Flashpoint universe. The trailer shows Barry Allen and Kid Flash meeting for the first time with Barry in civilian dress, which could possibly point to the confirmed plot point that Barry will begin to forget his powers in the new season.
Fans are left to speculate: does this image occur before or after Barry learns to overcome his own Back to the Future-esque disappearance? This tense still could either point to a superhero team that's ready to take on their next baddie, or one that's about to fold under Allen's own hubris. Either way, it's always enthralling to get a behind-the-scenes look at how these arcs translate from page to screen, and Easter eggs like these give fans even more reason to get excited for the show's season 3 premiere this fall.
The Flash season 3 will premiere Tuesday, October 4th at 8 p.m. on The CW. Arrow season 5 will premiere in the same time slot on Wednesday, October 5th. Supergirl season 2 premiers on Monday October 10th, and Legends of Tomorrow season 2 on Thursday October 13th.
Source: Jeremy Simser