In a world where we'll soon see four superhero TV series combining for one massive crossover, not even the sky appears limiting, and our imaginations have gone nuclear now that The Flash confirmed its mind-warping season finale was indeed referencing the Flashpoint comic arc. What's strange is that The CW's shows seem to be egging on lofty speculation by bringing Lynda Carter to Supergirl, which has us starting to seriously think that Flashpoint could reach historic levels of epicness by getting all of these dramas' former DC TV actors to reprise their past super-roles for the time-shifted narrative.
Before we go full tinfoil-hat in supposing Greg Berlanti & Co. will reduce us all to fanboy mush later this year, let's discuss some smaller pieces of potential evidence. The same day Lynda Carter's casting was announced, it was revealed Arrow is bringing back Evelyn Sharp, who will now go by the name Artemis, whose comic counterpart was a central antagonist in Flashpoint. As well, the return of Deathstroke has been rumored for Arrow, which would also tie into the storyline. Plus, the concept of character reprisals was already put in motion by 1990s Flash star John Wesley Shipp once again becoming the Scarlet Speedster, albeit as a different alter ego. And now...
Lynda Carter was added to Supergirl Season 2 as the President of the United States, giving the actress a shot at playing this country's most important citizen. But how much of a stretch would it be to guess that Carter's stint as the POTUS is officially sealed window dressing for a future appearance as the most important Amazonian princess within the Flashpoint timeline? Carter played Wonder Woman for three seasons in the late 1970s, winning over viewers' hearts and eyes for years after, and it's doubtlessly her most famous role.
Wonder Woman is also one of the most important characters within Flashpoint, so the mind initially fumbled over whether her arc would be modified and transferred to another character or excised altogether. But now that Carter is here in her full badassery, the writers would only have to make some plot edits without bringing anyone else in. And if it seems like an abrupt decision to get Carter involved only after the Flashpoint reveal was made, note that the show's producers tried to get her last year, but scheduling issues forced a delay.
Now, I know that within the Flashpoint timeline, Superman has been poofed right out of existence, which would have been an easy thing for The Flash to showcase by just continuing to not refer to Superman. However, Supergirl knew what it was doing when Dean Cain was cast to play Kara's adoptive father Jeremiah Danvers, and now I'm thinking it was a little more complicated than merely showing some fan service to former viewers of the 1990s' hit Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Superman was officially cast on Supergirl not too long ago, but that wouldn't serve as a legit obstacle for Dean Cain to hop back into the tights and cape for an appearance of steel (or many) on The Flash, taking on whatever Flashpoint situations are written for him. I'm willing to allow for an understudy in this case, should Cain not be able to make it, so someone should shoot Smalville's Tom Welling he message that he's needed in the bullpen.
To half-repeat, I know Supergirl wasn't a part of Flashpoint either, but there would presumably be some changes made to the story to account for Supergirl joining the CW fold this fall. And what better change to make than adding not just one version of Supergirl, but two? Luckily, no one has to look far for another one, as Supergirl already boasts former big screen superheroine Helen Slater, who plays Lara Danvers, Kara's adoptive mother and Jeremiah's wife.
We've already had a year to get to know the always beaming Melissa Benoist as Supergirl during Season 1, and while I have no desires for her to be replaced at any point, it would still be super awesome to see a former iteration of the character within the same live-action fictional universe. It would be a hell of a shock for Barry, too, even though he didn't spend that much time with Kara during the cross-network crossover earlier this year.
Hey, if we're going to get crazy with the speculation, we're going to take it all the way to 11. Adam West, who has not yet appeared on any of The CW's comic book shows, is the only actor who played Batman in live-action on the small screen. (Though he wasn't the only Bruce Wayne.) So if Carter, Cain, Slater and any others actually will return to their former super-glory for The Flash and Flashpoint, then no substitution for Adam West as Batman is conceivable. (Well, Jeffrey Dean Morgan doing it might make more sense, but he doesn't quite fit this mold.)
Flashpoint's Batman is actually Bruce's father Thomas Wayne, someone that West hasn't played before, but I don't think it's outside the actor's talent scope. And I know that his campy take on the Caped Crusader runs perpendicular to the heart-sleeve drama of The Flash, and that his age and physical dexterity aren't in sync with the character, but if the role is written accordingly and...Oh, piss. As if I really need to justify Adam West becoming Batman again on TV.
I have other wildly ungrounded ideas as well, but for now I'll have to set them aside so that you readers can agree or disagree. To see how else we think the Flashpoint arc could work within the DC TV universe, check out our list of suggestions. And for everything else involving The Flash Season 3, head to our handy breakdown.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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