Grant Gustin on Flashpoint’s starting point…
How closely does Flashpoint adhere to the original comic-book version?
We’re not directly replacing anybody in order to do the exact storyline from the animated or comics version, but they do a good job of nodding to previous
Flashpoint stories in this version. But it is completely its own thing. Because we’ve set up our own world on the show with Cisco and Caitlin and Joe. Those are our characters, for the most part, so everything has to be changed in its own way.
How does the new timeline affect Barry?
Barry is the only one who knows the timeline’s different after he changes it. But his memories are being replaced with new memories. When Barry starts to realise that, that’s not okay with him. He has some regrets. So he’s going to try to put things back to the way they were. But that’s probably gonna be impossible. And he’s going to get some advice from another speedster to let things be from now on. Like, “If you keep doing this, the world will implode.” So he’s got to stop.
How do you feel about Barry’s decision to save his mother?
It was a selfish decision. But I don’t think he knew he was going to make it till the moment that he made it. When he’s sitting there with Iris and she says what he’s always wanted to hear and he still feels empty inside, that’s the moment [he thinks], “I have to at least try out this other life” – as fucked up as that is. And he just does it.