For comic geeks like myself, the final segment of “The Flash’s” pilot episode was mind-blowingly crazy and awesome.
Before it became a go-to DC plot device for DC in hopes of rekindling interest in their brand, “Crisis on Infinite Earth” was the ultimate crossover event and remains my favorite universe-changing spectacle.
It tied in decades of DC comics continuity and attempted to make sense of the multiverse, which featured numerous Earths including Earth 2 with an older Superman and the Justice Society of America; Earth 3 run by the Crime Syndicate with evil versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Green Lantern; Earth X where the Nazis won World War II and Earth S populated by the Captain Marvel characters.
The big bad of that event was the Anti-Monitor, who dispatched a wave of anti-matter to wipe out the multiverse and everything in it. The Anti-Monitor’s attacks were frequently foreshadowed by red skies The heroes, and some villains, banded together to stop him, but the two heroes in particular had to make the ultimate sacrifice to stop him — Supergirl and Flash. Supergirl staved off the Anti-Monitor in a physical contest before he could kill Superman.
As for Flash, the Anti-Monitor feared his ability to travel through time and universe and captured him before his master plan began and left him in the thrall of the emotion-manipulating Psycho Pirate. Flash’s disappearance (mentioned in that headline) is a major subplot of Crisis as several of his friends see ghost images of Flash pleading for help. Flash finally breaks free and destroys the Anti-Monitor’s universe destroying device but not without wasting away and becoming one with the Speed Force.
Not that the show is gonna think twice about touching Crisis, but it’s pure fan service that left many a comic book fan’s jaws dropped.
One more encouraging and uplifting notes, Flash’s costume looks like it is not yet finished as the chest piece has the familiar white and yellow insignia and not the red as the current show attire.
But, look a bit further on that newspaper and you’ll see a mention of Wayne Tech (Batman’s company) and Queen Inc. (Arrow’s company) merging. What does that mean for Green Arrow and Batman?
Yep, my Tuesdays just got a lot more fun.