The Flash potentially adapting DC Comics’ seminal Flashpoint in season 3 wasn’t the only nod to the comics during Tuesday’s finale.
In Barry’s (Grant Gustin) bid to prevent Zoom (Teddy Sears) from destroying the multi-verse, the scarlet speedster created a time remnant of himself, which had the bonus of attracting Time Wraiths, who appeared to transform Zoom into the Black Flash.
In the comics, Black Flash is basically a Grim Reaper for speedsters, sending them back to Speed Force upon their death. While technically a villain, Black Flash is more of a personification of Death than a mustache-twirling antagonist.
So, did Zoom really become the Black Flash? A few key clues that Zoom has taken up the mantle include the change of color on his logo and ear bolts, as well as the desiccation of his body.
Fun fact: Barry Allen once took up the mantle of the Black Flash in The Flash: Rebirth, which was written by The Flash executive producer and DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
The Flash will return to The CW this fall. In the meantime, read our postmortem with John Wesley Shipp, who discusses the reveal of the man in the iron mask, the real Jay Garrick. Plus: Will The Flash do Flashpoint in season 3?