Extended synopsis for The CW's Flash pilot hints at time-travel storyline

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Sep 29, 2014

With The Flash’s debut less than two weeks away, the network has released an extended synopsis for the pilot episode — revealing one possibly massive detail about the direction the series might be taking later in the season.

The full synopsis sets up the supporting cast and circumstances of how Barry gains his powers, but it’s the final paragraph that drops a bombshell that should be very familiar for comic fans. We’d been wondering just how deep the small-screen Flash would dig into Barry Allen’s comic-book bag of tricks, and it seems time travel will definitely be a part of this series -- quite possibly a very big part.

Check out the full synopsis below, with key quotes bolded for emphasis:

From the Arrow creative team of executive producers Greg Berlanti and Andrew Kreisberg and director David Nutter, THE FLASH is a fast-paced super hero drama that follows the high-speed adventures of the Fastest Man Alive. Written by Berlanti, Kreisberg and DC Entertainment's Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, the action drama follows Central City Police scientist Barry Allen, an everyday guy with the heart of a hero and the genuine desire to help others. Standing still emotionally since the day his mother was murdered (and his father unjustly jailed for the crime), Barry was taken in as a child by the investigating Detective West and raised in a cop's home alongside West's supersmart daughter (and Barry's dream girl) Iris. But when an unexpected and devastating accident at the S.T.A.R. Labs Particle Accelerator facility strikes Barry, he finds himself suddenly charged with the incredible power to move at super speeds. 

While Barry has always been a hero in his soul, his newfound powers have finally given him the ability to act like one. With the help of the research team at S.T.A.R. Labs -- including billionaire visionary Harrison Wells, biogenetics expert Caitlin Snow and the eternally upbeat Cisco Ramon -- Barry begins testing the limits of his evolving powers and using them to stop crime, ensuring that no one suffers a similar tragedy to his own family history.

Working with his adopted father Detective West; West's conceited partner Detective Eddie Thawne and Iris West, who's earning her degree in Criminal Psychology, Barry uses his superhuman abilities to help the people of Central City and stop the rogues' gallery of villains -- many of whom have also been altered by the particle accelerator explosion. Concealing his identity behind his incredible velocity, Barry can not only accomplish feats faster than human comprehension, but also taps into an energy that allows him to access moments out of time -- both past and future. With a winning personality and a smile on his face, Barry Allen -- aka The Flash -- is finally moving forward in life ... very, very fast!

That’s right: The TV version of the Flash will definitely be able to tap into those super-fast time-travel abilities, and after seeing the pilot ourselves a while back, we’re very curious to see how those powers will be incorporated. Much as Arrow has done before it, the Flash series seems to be lining up as a worthy adaptation of the comic stories we all know and love — and they’re definitely not shying away from the more science-fiction parts of the story.

Do you think the series can do justice to The Flash's time-travel legacy? 

(Via Spoiler TV)

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