Fans expecting "The Flash" to push the reset button on the new Flashpoint timeline may be in for disappointment.
“I’m not sure that we can [return to the original timeline], given what we’ve established,” executive producer Greg Berlanti said Saturday at Entertainment Weekly's PopFest in Los Angeles. “If we’re not challenging ourselves and creating new territory and new obstacles for the characters, I think it’s less rewarding to watch and probably less rewarding to play. We like to grow ourselves and grow our characters.”
The result of Barry Allen's journey back through time in the Season Two finale to prevent Eobard Thawne from killing his mother, in the new timeline both of Barry's parents are alive, Cisco is a billionaire tech magnate, and Wally West is Central City's new speedster, Kid Flash.
Barry has sought unsuccessfully to repair the damage he caused to the timeline, but that's only the beginning of the troubles he'll face in Season Three: Star Grant Gustin teased that the DC Comics villain Savitar will show up “very, very soon."
The speedster's arrival has been teased since August, with executive producer Todd Helbing assuring that the character won't be anything like Zoom or Reverse-Flash.
“He’s the god of motion,” Berlanti added at PopFest, “so Flash is up against his biggest foe yet.”
Introduced in 1995's "The Flash" #108, Savitar is a Cold War-era pilot whose plane was struck by lightning, imbuing him with super-speed and a strong connection to the Speed Force. Naming himself after Savitr, the Hindu god of motion, he studied elements of the Speed Force unknown to other speedsters, and developed the ability to create a force field, regenerate and transfer speed to other objects and people. He even founded his own cult.
"The Flash" airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.