Trivia: Flashpoint

Trivia for the comic book Flashpoint:

  • Development Gag: In the Flashpoint-verse, the Shazam powers were given to a group of six kids, one power each, who can join forces to summon "Captain Thunder". The use of six heroes was the original concept for Captain Marvel before the writers decided to give all the powers to just one guy, and "Captain Thunder" was the original choice for his name before they found it was trademarked.
    • It's also the name of the Captain Ersatz of Captain Marvel that DC introduced to fight Superman before they secured the rights to the actual character.
  • What Could Have Been: According to Geoff Johns on the commentary track for Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Flashpoint wasn't originally designed to reboot the DCU into the New 52. This means that originally the DC Universe was going to back to how it was prior to before the events of Flashpoint as opposed to the altered version of it that it became.


Trivia for the TV series Flashpoint:

  • Channel Hop: In the United States, Flashpoint will be moving from CBS to ION Television. New episodes will begin airing on October 18, 2011.
  • Genius Bonus: Almost all the references to locations involve actual roads and neighbourhoods and many of the downtown buildings are very recognizable, meaning someone with enough familiarity with Toronto can actually trace the fictional action of an episode — even when it doesn't make sense.
  • Hey, It's That Guy/Girl:
    • Amy Jo Johnson was a Power Ranger. It occasionally gets distracting when you're waiting for Jules to morph... This has become many a fanfic where people have combined the two series she was in, in some way shape or form.
    • Hugh Dillon has been the frontman for multiple Canadian bands and also stars in the series Durham County.
    • Sam Braddock has been involved in a big pile-up once.
    • Enrico Colantoni has been to Mars as well as beyond the Klaatu Nebula. And now he's running organised crime in New York.
    • Alex Carter has shown up.
    • Also Jenny Sheppard as an Internal Affairs investigator.
      • And Paula Cassidy as Jules' replacement in Season 2 who later gets blown up (again!) in the first part of the series finale
    • Maybe it's just the Cylon programming, but Chief Tyrol took Greg Parker hostage inside the Air Canada Centre.
    • Multiple actors from CBC's The Border have also shown up, which makes sense as both series are/were filmed and set in Toronto.
      • Sarah Gadon played Tasha Redford in Season 1's "Attention Shoppers".
      • Mark Wilson played FBI agent Gilbride in Season 4's "Run, Jamie, Run", helping track down a corporate robber.
      • Graham Abbey showed up later in Season 4, as Donna Sabine's ex-squadmate Bill Kedrick in "A New Life".
      • Catherine Disher appeared as a 911 operator in the series finale.
    • Nate Ford's wife Maggie appears as a customs agent.
      • In the same episode, Ari Tasarov is an ex-soldier and vengeful parent.
    • Jack Bristow appears as a psychologist who deconstructs the team.
    • Evidently, Oliver Queen spent some time as the SRU dispatcher during the five years he was supposed to be on the island.
  • Screwed by the Network: CBS broadcasted the show in the US but never kept seasons together, instead airing parts at a time and without pause between season. Basically, it was treated as summer filler. ION now has American rights to air the episodes after "Shockwaves," so perhaps they'll air it more evenly.
  • What Could Have Been: The Original Pilot Script. included a romantically involved Jules and Ed (!) and a Sam who enjoys knitting (!!!), as well as other (more minor) changes. In an interview given by the series writers, it is also revealed they spent a lot of time working on the characters' romantic lives, and that Donna was initially going to be a negative force and a danger to the team that shook the trust and foundation of the SRU: In the writers' room with Flashpoint.