Barry Allen himself, Grant Gustin, recently appeared on an episode of ‘DC All Access’ to discuss the momentous events that will begin the 3rd season of ‘The Flash,’ and the effects the Flashpoint storyline will have on the world of the show, the various characters, and Barry Allen in particular. First of all, in regards to Barry, it seems that he will start to lose his memories of the original timeline the longer the new one stays in effect. In Gustin’s words:
“Barry is the only one that knows the timeline is different, and his memories are starting to get replaced from the previous timeline with new memories, like graduating high school and graduating college, moments with his family. When he realizes those memories are replacing other memories, that’s when he starts to realize how selfish of a decision this was and that maybe he should try to put things back the way they were.”
And not only will he be losing his memories, but his powers will also start to fade, as apparently the Barry Allen of this alternate timeline does not become the Flash (which is my guess for why his powers would disappear):
“In the same sense that he’s forgetting a lot of memories, it means he’s forgetting his powers too. It’s like he’s having a full ‘Back to the Future’ moment, where essentially his hand is disappearing in front of him.”
Which all jives from what we heard from Jesse L. Martin about the challenges of playing Joe West in the new season, now that he has no memories of the original timeline:
“This Flashpoint thing is just…blowing my mind because yes, we’re all the same people, the same characters, but everything is a little different. It’s almost like playing a new character.”
And of course, Martin had some interesting tidbits to share about his onscreen son, Wally West, and his heroic career moves in becoming Kid Flash:
“Wally is definitely in Joe’s life and he’s definitely Joe’s son. But Wally has a completely different life that Joe knows nothing about.”
All of which just makes it seem like we have an eternity to wait for ‘The Flash’ to finally premiere and start filling us in on how everything is going to work now that they’ve done the Flashpoint storyline. Are you excited to see the Arrowverse turned upside down by these events? Share your opinions in the comments below!
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