With The Flash having just ended its nine-year run on The CW, showrunner Eric Wallace is revealing some of the plans that never quite made it to fruition. That includes a proposed Blackest Night crossover that would have connected several live-action DC series.
Wallace spoke to EW about the plot points that didn’t make the cut in the truncated Season 9, as well as what might have happened in a hypothetical Season 10. The Blackest Night crossover would have brought together characters from Superman & Lois, Stargirl and even Titans, suggesting the multiverse would have been a major focus.
“Back in season 8, we set up The Blackest Night storyline with Deathstorm,” Wallace told EW. “When Deathstorm was defeated, the emotional vibrations went all the way back to the Netherverse and another dimension to Nekron, who’s right out of the comic books. I wanted to have one final, big, huge epic crossover, getting everybody — if you’re on a show or not — back together for that storyline. What that would have allowed me to do is bring back characters that are dead.”
Blackest Night is a 2009 crossover spearheaded by writer Geoff Johns and revolving around the Green Lantern franchise. When Nekron summons various dead heroes and villains to join his Black Lantern Corps, Hal Jordan is forced to unite the various other Lantern Corps to stop this undead army. Given the lack of prominent Green Lanterns in the Arrowverse and shows like Stargirl and Titans, presumably this TV adaptation would have downplayed the Lantern elements (though it’s always possible David Ramsey’s John Diggle would have finally joined the Green Lantern Corps).
Wallace also revealed that The Flash: Season 10 would have opened with a conflict called the Forever War, with Team Flash battling the Chronarch, the tyrannical villains who banished David Dastmalchian’s character Abra Kadabra from the 64th Century. This conflict was alluded to in Seasons 7 and 8 but never actually seen in the series.
“That’s one of these crazy things that I’ve been hinting at, which is very tied in with the Chronarch,” Wallace said. “We’ve been hinting that the Chronarch would be back in some way, as early as season 7 when Abra Kadabra mentions to Barry, ‘The Chronarch is coming and is going to mess up your life.’ It has to do with Barry and Iris because eternity is falling apart and forever is getting taken away. That would’ve kicked off season 10 with a couple of special guest stars that we would have seen.”
Wallace named other plot threads had to be abandoned due to the shorter format of Season 9. Brandon McKinght’s Chester would have faced off with his own supervillain nemesis, building on a loose end from Season 8 where Chester’s computer files are hacked. Danielle Panabaker’s Khione was also meant to have a more in-depth origin story.
Finally, Wallace revealed that there were several Flash veterans he had hoped to bring back for the final season, including Jordan Fisher as Barry and Iris’ future son Bart. He also had plans for Shantel VanSanten’s Patty Spivot and Tom Felton’s Julian Albert, who would have returned to the fold as a married superhero duo.
What do you think of these abandoned plans? Do you wish The Flash had stuck around long enough to deliver its own spin on Blackest Night? Let us know what you think in the comments.
For more on the end of the Arrowverse, check out our breakdown of The Flash’s convoluted ending and our look back at the biggest DC characters who never appeared in the Arrowverse.
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