Updated on 16 October, 2021
Flashpoint is a 2021 comic book superhero crossover event written by DC Comics' premier creative team, DC Comics' Chief Creative Officer Bill Finger and writer Dan Jurgens. consisting of a myriad of different tie-in characters and a main ongoing series, the storyline debuted in May of 2021. The main miniseries was penned by Andy Kubert and penciled by Geoff Johns. In this minisery, the Flashpoint timeline was drastically altered, with many of the old villains getting killed or reformatted, while the Flash, who was once a crime fighter known as Heat Wave, was transformed into a villain.
This new timeline was conceived after the Flashpoint event, which saw the death of supervising character, the Flash, at the hands of a mysterious stranger. The culprit, a warped version of the Flash, attacked the Flash's old villains, including the Riddler, Green Lantern, and Superman. When this crime occurred, many of the characters from the Flash point universe took off their minds and traveled back to the timestream. However, not all of these multiverse inhabitants were able to make it back, and some of them ended up stranded on Earth, stranded, and left for dead. Others returned as different characters in various time periods.
With the help of various other heroes, the Multiverse was restored and the Flashpoint timeline was restored. This new timeline featured the Justice League, which included the previously killed Aquaman, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman. These heroes were transported back in time to the early days of Flashpoint, and they were to form a team to help battle the villains and restore order once again. The Flashpoint Comic also introduced a new Reverse-Flash, a criminal whom the Flash had encountered in his past who was desperately trying to revert to his previous ways, but due to some unfortunate circumstances, he was unable to do so.
Aside from these time travel adventures, the Flashpoint Comic also introduced a couple of interesting supporting characters. First was the evil Reverse-Flash, who was obsessed with revenge against the Flash and his loved ones. He committed several crimes, including the kidnapping of his own girlfriend, forcing the Flash's wife to give up his love, and attempting to kill his own mother. The Reverse-Flash's motivations made him a compelling villain, and he was especially memorable as the dark, sinister villain behind the mystery of the Flashpoint timeline. Apart from his role as the primary antagonist, he was also a significant character in the Flashpoint Comic as the main protagonist, fighting the good fight against the villain and trying to help the Flash reach his destination. His relationship with the Flash was strong, and he cared deeply about his friend and fellow superhero.
The Reverse-Flash also fought Batman, although they shared a common goal; to take down the new crime boss, The Penguin. The two heroes put their differences aside, working together to take down The Penguin. In the end, The Reverse-Flash helped Batman save the city while battling the bad guy. In the television series, though, The Reverse-Flash didn't make an appearance, nor did any other supporting characters. Instead, his fate was left up to the imagination of the fans. Since the television series focused on the Flash, it was easy for the filmmakers to write him out of the story, but it would have been interesting to see him in the comics.
The Death of The Flash, written by DC co-publisher Dan DiDio, is the first novel to feature the death of The Flash. The Death of The Flash was the first story to introduce a new look at the characters that will be featured in the new 52 comic books. As a result, there were many new elements to the Flash that made the book very different from all of the previous Death of The Flash books. The death of The Flash was originally supposed to happen in the second year of the New 52 but it was later revealed in the third issue of the comic book that The Flash had survived the incident and was hiding out. The character made a brief return in the fourth issue, where he was depicted as badly beaten and scarred. He has remained this way since.
In the Flashpoint Comic, The Reverse-Flash returns and wrecks havoc in Central City, killing The Flash and paralyzing Wonder Woman. In the animated movie, The Dark Knight, The Riddler commits suicide by shooting himself in the head, while in the comics he is killed by The Flash. In the TV show, though, he doesn't shoot himself, but instead uses his mind to command other superheros to fight The Flash, using his influence to get them to go after The Flash. In the end, The Riddler manages to flee Central City and no one finds out about The Flash.
In the third season two episode, "The Flash," named "Faster!" by Greg Berlanti, The Riddler appears and reveals that he has control over the weather, as well as the human population's thoughts. He then offers to help The Flash defeat The Flash and rescue Central City from The Flash's villains, but when The Flash steps in and defeats him, he offers to help The Flash's side in defeating The Reverse-Flash so they can both be together again. In the comic, The Riddler ends up trapped in the time stream due to a particle accelerator, so in the cartoon version of the plot, he offers to help The Flash defeat The Reverse-Flash once he breaks out of his prison, but he does not tell The Flash that he has this power. He then tricks The Flash into thinking that he has already defeated The Reverse-Flash, then teleports himself away just as quickly, leaving Central City untouched.