Here’s a random question: What was the original ending of Flashpoint?
If the new “DC All Access” text page that appeared in this week’s DC titles is to be believed, the New 52 really got started at a creative retreat last October, but Flashpoint had been teased at the end of The Flash #1, way back in April of that year – and, as those who’ve read the collection of The Flash: Rebirth, it was even mentioned as part of Geoff Johns’ pitch for that title, from 2009. So, clearly, Flashpoint precedes any idea of rebooting the DCU by quite some time… So how was the story originally going to end?
There are potentially some hints in the two-page teaser that appeared at the end of Flash #1: In the Flashpoint we saw, there was no countdown clock reaching zero with someone saying “Now,” no appearance for Jay, Wally or Bart – Although Bart did get a mini to himself – and the Flash and Batman didn’t come to blows at any point. We also didn’t see anyone with the White Lantern ring at any point. So was Flashpoint originally a very different story, with a completely different ending? Was the teaser cooked up before anything had really been planned out for the series, beyond the rough strokes (The Flash changing time, Wonder Woman as warrior destroying the UK, Superman as secret project)? And was everything originally going to end with the DCU essentially returning to normal at the end, but with some minor changes, a la Age of Apocalypse?
We may never know… Well, unless Geoff Johns ever feels like spilling the beans.