From what we’ve seen in The Flash, it’s clear that Warner Bros. Discovery intends to optimize the universe and use the Flashpoint to do so. In the comic book story released in 2011, Barry Allen time traveled to stop his mother’s death and accidentally altered the timeline and the heroes in it. The slip was eventually rectified, resulting in a massive relaunch for DC Comics known as The New 52 that rebooted many heroes and gave them more than just a change of clothes. However, when it came to Hal Jordan and his color-coded friends and foes, they went largely untouched, still thriving on John’s “Rebirth” success.
Given this painstaking selection process, could Warner Bros. Discovery’s new “10-year plan” apply a similar rule to the HBO Max show Green Lantern and the remaining chapters of the unlikely DC Universe?
Should The Flash indeed be shelved, spending time in a world lit up with shades of Star Wars, X-Men, and in some cases 28 Days Later (yes, really – it’s called Blackest Night ”) ) could be a savvy, studio-produced diversion. Enough time could pass with green-tinted shows, movies, and immense crossover events that when the Lanterns return to Earth, they’d be greeted by a brand new Superman and maybe even a Nirvana-loving Caped Crusader.
By then, Warner Bros. Discovery could have finally regained some ground on a franchise that badly needs a recharge. Maybe all it takes is a Green Lantern power battery.