I won’t spoil things, but there is a reference to a “crisis” in the pilot episode of ‘The Flash.’ Older fans, and some younger, know that the Silver Age Flash Barry Allen, the first hero to kick off that era of super heroics, died in the famous miniseries ‘Crisis of Infinite Earths.’ A major part of that story dealt with time getting screwed up. The Flash has long exhibited the powers of time and dimensional travel, however, despite the pilot being aired at SDCC and having leaked online, The CW is making adjustments to the pilot by adding in three minutes, rumored to more clearly address the possibility of time travel on the show.
The CW has updated and released an extended synopsis, which you can read below:
From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, THE FLASH is a fast-paced super hero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop’s home alongside West’s super smart daughter (and Barry’s dream girl) Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds.While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With the help of the research team at S.T.A.R. Labs — including billionaire visionary Harrison Wells, biogenetics expert Caitlin Snow and the eternally upbeat Cisco Ramon — Barry begins testing the limits of his evolving powers and using them to stop crime, ensuring that no one suffers a similar tragedy to his own family history.
Working with his adopted father Detective West; West’s conceited partner Detective Eddie Thawne and Iris West, who’s earning her degree in Criminal Psychology, Barry uses his superhuman abilities to help the people of Central City and stop the rogues’ gallery of villains — many of whom have also been altered by the particle accelerator explosion. Concealing his identity behind his incredible velocity, Barry can not only accomplish feats faster than human comprehension, but also taps into an energy that allows him to access moments out of time — both past and future. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen — aka The Flash — is finally moving forward in life … very, very fast!
That line about accessing “moments out of time — both past and future” is, to my knowledge the first time this has been officially mentioned in regard to the TV show, although it’s long been part of the comic book.
Now I doubt, ‘Crisis’ reference aside, that they’re actually going to kill off their lead character… then again, it’s happened before on ‘Supernatural’ and ‘Buffy’ and… well The Doctor dies every year or two.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see. What do you think? Are you intrigued at the thought of time travel factoring into ‘The Flash’?