So no spoilers here, I want to call it out right now. I’m sure many people have started to figure it out after the episode “Into the Speed Force”. That there is a good chance, a REALLY good chance that the monster who has been causing so much trouble for Barry and the gang all season after Flash Point is, in fact, Barry himself.
He is, the Future Flash and here is the reasons why I think, call it a theory if you wish.
A number of times now Savitar as said this line. “I am the future Flash” I have watched a few episodes with the subs on just to see. A few times it was read as “I am the Future, Flash”. So within that context, Savitar is saying that he is the Future. We know that Savitar is from a future and he has said that Barry is the one who locked him away into the speed force. So how can he also be Barry? There have also been cases it was simply put as “I am the future Flash” Which one could read that as he’s saying he’s the Future Flash.
The Flash & Future Flash
Before I go into my theory let me talk about Future Flash some. I’m gonna give you a small little breakdown of who Future Flash is, also known in the comics as Bartholomew Henry Allen. He is also known as Barry Allen and is the Flash from 20 years in the future. Blaming himself for the death of Wally West and determined to make it right, he begins killing his enemies. Doing this will allow him to gain enough speed to travel back in time which will allow him to fix his mistake and save Wally West.
Filled with guilt and becoming more and grim over his failure to save Wally. He tells Iris who is crippled that he will find a way to fix his mistakes.
While I’m not going to spoil the story for you, but basically Future Flash becomes a bit like how the Reverse Flash is. Going back in time to mess with things. He believed in stopping events from happening is gonna prevent Wally’s death. He travels to key points in time, killing villains that otherwise didn’t die.
The Battle of Flashes
Future Flash ends up hurting his past self after he (Past Barry) sees his future self-kill someone. Part of the reason is revealed that because of himself, Reverse Flash and Grodd, the speed force is broken. In the comics, after Future Flash cripples his past self, Wally now in a new Flash suit shows up taking on the mantle of the Flash to stop him.
The Future Flash travels to the present with his past self with one goal. To sacrifice the Flash using Barry’s own energy to seal the damage in the speed force itself. The two Flashes battle with Future Flash seeming to win. Future Flash while being pushed back by an empowered Wally ends up beating and destroying Wally while Barry disappearing into the speed force tear. Becoming 20 years younger and now trapped in the present, Future Flash sets out to remake his future. This comes from the story “Out of Time”.
How The TV handles Future Flash
In the TV show, Savitar tells Barry that he found a way out of the place ‘he’ put him because of Flashpoint. That it showed him a way. He has told Barry that he created himself and that he put him in his trap. Which we find out was the Speed force itself. This is why only those with speed power can see him. Of course why on earth would Barry lock himself up in the speed force? Savitar has said a number of times as I said before
Now granted there is a Savitar in the comics, but he looks nothing like the one from the comics, not even close. More or Savitar looks more like Future Flash with the blue lighting and the way his suit is. They have done this before, such as with Zoom which Zoom in the comics is really Reverse Flash also known as Professor Zoom.
We also have the very suspicious message from 2056 from Barry. In the crossover event, everyone just assumed it was something to do with the Dominators. But really 40 years? I doubt that was what he was talking about and really Flash Point isn’t something that would cause for people to not trust Barry. Because everyone was quick to forgive him after the crossover. Plus the message was to Rip Hunter about a coming War.
Wally Dies in Out of Time
What is even more important in all of this is Wally died in Out of Time. Barry is so sad he travels back in time to save him by killing his younger self. While I don’t think much of the Out of Time Story will be played out. It does seem that this version of Savitar uses a lot of that story. The twist is Flash is evil himself. Given that the newspaper says and has not changed other than Iris not writing it which means she died before 2024. But we know Flash returns because he sent a message in 2056. What is even more important that Reverse Flash kept looking at that newspaper too, and seeing if the future had changed.
Maybe, just maybe that this is Future Flash, from another timeline who became trapped somehow by Barry in 2056. All because of Flash Point itself. We aren’t there yet, there are some holes to put this all together. But I think it would be a great twist if it turns out that Savitar is really an evil twisted and lost version of Flash himself.