The DC Multiverse is rife with various ”Elseworlds” - the company name for alternate realities and timelines - but few, if any, have proven as impactful as the one created by the Flashpoint crossover. Flashpoint has spawned a line-wide reboot of DC continuity via The New 52, been translated into the Arrowverse, and adapted into the animated feature The Flashpoint Paradox. Now, it appears set to make its long-awaited arrival in the DCEU via an upcoming Flash film.
But what, exactly, is Flashpoint anyway, and how was this alternate timeline created in the first place? As strange as it sounds, the answer is the event’s own central protagonist - Barry Allen, better known as the most popular version of the Flash. When he ran back in time and woke up in a different reality, Barry found that everything had changed - and not in a good way.