Entertainment: The Flash Can End Without The Arrowverse Literally Ending

Pakistan death toll from monsoon rains, flooding reaches 304

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The recent announcement that The Flash will be ending with its upcoming ninth season has led most fans to speculate that the Arrowverse has also reached its end. Indeed, The Flash is the last remaining series that takes place within this particular shared universe, and potential shows like Justice U are too early in the development process to pick up the torch in any sort of timely manner. The once vital and growing franchise is almost certain to finish alongside the adventures of Grant Gustin’s Scarlet Speedster. However, this does not mean that the Arrowverse has to end. The univrse can live beyond the stories that call it home.

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Many times throughout the history of DC Comics, when creators decided they wanted to start over with a clean slate, they developed some kind of disaster or cosmic event that destroyed or rewrote the existing continuity. The biggest and most famous of these events was Crisis on Infinite Earths by Marv Wolfman and George Perez, but others including Zero Hour and Flashpoint have also served this function to some degree or other. Even the final chapter of the DC Animated Movie Universe, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, ended with Barry Allen running into the past to create the Tomorrowverse. A new primary universe, it would seem, can only form if it supplants the old one. This shouldn’t be the case with the Arrowverse.

Floods strike new blow in place that has known hardship

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A story has a beginning, a middle and an end. The Flash is reaching the end of its final story. However, because it is the last Arrowverse show to do so, it has a freedom that previous in-universe series did not. Shows like Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow never had the chance to properly wrap things up, and the shows that were able to -- Arrow, Black Lightning and Supergirl -- had to do so in a way that completed their individual narratives but allowed the shared universe to continue on without them. Oliver Queen died to save the multiverse, Jefferson Pierce mostly retired and Kara Danvers revealed her identity to the world. All of these were big events for their respective series, but none of them upset the overall Arrowverse framework.

As the last show standing, it would make sense for The Flash to go out with a bang. Barry is often near the center of universe-altering events. Placing him there again is no doubt tempting for the show’s writers... but they should try to resist that temptation. Superhero stories are about extraordinary people saving the day. Big reality-restructuring stories, while exciting and perhaps even useful from a housekeeping perspective, often undercut this idea. The Earths that stood after the events of Crisis on Infinite Earths and Flashpoint formed largely as the result of the collected superheroes’ failure to accomplish their mission. Team Flash and the other heroes of the Arrowverse have fought long enough and hard enough to avoid a similar fate. Arrowverse fans also deserve better.

Kentucky Flash Flood Update: Children Among 15 Confirmed Dead

  Kentucky Flash Flood Update: Children Among 15 Confirmed Dead "There's going to be multiple families that we've lost. Kids that won't get the opportunity to grow up," Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said Friday. © Michael Swensen Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said Friday that the death toll from flash flooding in the state this week has reached at least 15 people, and includes some children. Above, vehicles are seen in floodwaters downtown on July 28, in Jackson, Kentucky. "There's going to be multiple families that we've lost," Beshear said in an interview with CNN on Friday morning.

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An ideal finale for The Flash would be one that completes the main narrative -- but leaves room for fans to imagine Barry and the rest of Team Flash going on further adventures. The Justice League that formed at the end of the Arrowverse “Crisis on Infinite Earths” ended up being little more than a tease, but this imagined future could allow for all of the Super Friend exploits that COVID-19 prevented from happening. If superheroes fight a never-ending battle, this kind of ending would let them continue that fight even after fans can no longer watch.

Ambition is an admirable quality in storytelling. Among other things, it is what spurs creators on to build shared universes. It can also entice them to bite off more than they can chew. The Arrowverse was a massive undertaking that unfolded over hundreds of episodes of multiple series. To attempt to wrap it up with a neat bow would cheapen its size and complexity. Instead, the writers of The Flash would be better off simply telling the best story they can and letting the Arrowverse continue on in our imaginations forever.

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