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Who Is Citizen Cold? Wentworth Miller's New Arrowverse Role, Explained
Citizen Cold joins the fight as the Arrowverse's heroes battle the villains of Earth-X - but who, exactly, is Wentworth Miller's new character?

Wentworth Miller makes his Arrowverse return in this season’s crossover event, but this time he’ll be playing Citizen Cold rather than his more familiar, and villainous role of Captain Cold.

Fans of The CW’s Arrowverse were dealt a bit of a blow earlier this week when Miller hinted that he would soon be departing from the role of fan-favorite character Leonard Snart, aka Captain Cold. The character first appeared on The Flash as one of the Scarlet Speedster’s classic rogues, a brilliant thief with a heart of ice. Throughout his appearances, Snart began to show compassion in his own way, and a softer side to the villain was slowly revealed. Eventually, he would become a genuine anti-hero after joining the ranks of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a series that saw Cold make the ultimate sacrifice to save his friends and the universe, fully cementing his turn from villain to hero.

RELATED: Captain Cold Gets Comics-Accurate Costume for Arrowverse Crossover

Another, earlier version of the character, a Captain Cold who was as villainous as he was devious, would eventually surface on the second season of Legends thanks to the series’ time travel core. Though fun, fans missed the Snart they had come to know and love, and now, before Miller says goodbye to the character, it looks like he’ll finally get to play the character on the other side of the spectrum, as a full-on hero.

The synopsis for the Arrowverse’s next crossover event, “Crisis on Earth-X,” revealed that none other than CitizenCold will arrive to lend a helping hand to The Flash, Supergirl and the rest of the Arrowverse superhero gang. Of course, that raises the question of who Citizen Cold is, and what’s the difference between him and Captain Cold?

Citizen Cold first appeared in the pages of the 2011 DC Comics event series Flashpoint, by writer Geoff Johns and artist Andy Kubert. The Flashpoint was an alternate timeline reality which came as the result of Barry Allen traveling back in time and choosing to save the life of his mother, and would eventually become the basis for the third season of The CW’s The Flash. This world was drastically different than the one Barry Allen knew, one where Aquaman’s Atlanteans and Wonder Woman’s Amazons waged war on a global scale, and one where Barry never became the Flash. In his stead, Central City had a very different hero to protect it: Citizen Cold.

In this reality, with no Flash to fight for Central City, Leonard Snart, armed with his iconic freeze gun, became the hero of the citizens. Much like the Flash, he took the fight to the Rogues, and he had a museum dedicated to his heroic deeds. This was still Leaonar Start, though, and Cold was a much more brutal hero than the Flash ever was, going so far as killing some of his villains. However, in such a bleak and hopeless world, these tactics were not necessarily worth condemnation, though some of his detractors tried. But at the end of the day, to the people of Central City, Citizen Cold was their greatest hero, a man who fought to protect the people in a dark world.

RELATED: Arrowverse: First Crisis on Earth-X Teaser Released

With the third season of The Flash having already explored a storyline that borrowed many elements from Flashpoint, it’s a safe bet that the Arrowverse’s version of Citizen Cold will hail from a different place — possibly, a different universe altogether. Parallel Earths and alternate versions of established characters have become sort of the norm around Barry’s parts, so there’s a good chance that Citizen Cold could arrive on the scene from another universe. If Earth-X features the greatest heroes turned nazi-fied villains, then perhaps the villains, like Cold, are the true heroes on this world — one that looks like a very cold place, indeed.

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Batfleck Breakup

We have all heard the rumors about Ben Affleck being ushered off from the DCEU as Batman and that Flashpoint will be his last appearance as the Batman.

Now everyone is wondering how that would work but I think there is a simple solution: Take a cue from The Flash TV show.

Remember how when Barry created Flashpoint he eventually needed the help of the Reverse Flash to get back to his OG timeline but when he did get back there were subtle differences like Diggle having a son not a daughter, Cisco’s brother being dead and Caitlin being a meta-human?

Well what if Barry in the Flashpoint movie comes back to the OG timeline and everything is the same except when we go to Gotham we see Batman arriving in the Batcave but when he removes his mask it’s Dick Grayson not Bruce Wayne and then we pan out and see that on the day that Dick Grayson (as Robin) died in the OG timeline it was Bruce Wayne instead that had died and Dick Grayson took up the mantle of Batman in Bruce Wayne’s honor.

This would solve a lot of problems:

  • They can find a new Batman
  • They can get a younger Batman, maybe closer in age to Gal Gadot, Joe Manganiello and Henry Cavill (cause I know that bothered people, including me - even though I eventually got down with Batfleck)
  • They can continue making Batman films for longer

Also wouldn’t it be awesome to see how Ezra Miller’s version of Barry Allen reacts to Dick Grayson being Batman instead of Bruce Wayne and whether not he he will tell the rest of the team about the differences in the timeline.

The subtle differences can even extend to maybe include Green Lantern and Supergirl.

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Celebrating 75 Years of Aquaman!

The King of Atlantis and a founding member of the Justice League of America, first debuted in November 1941 in More Fun Comics #73, created by Paul Norris and Mort Weisinger. Initially a backup feature in DC’s anthology titles, Aquaman later starred in several volumes of a solo title. The Silver Age brought on the Justice League of America, and made him a comic book staple. Modern comic book depictions have attempted to reconcile the various aspects of his public perception, casting Aquaman as serious and brooding, saddled with an ill reputation, and struggling to find a true role and purpose beyond his public side as a deposed king and a fallen hero

The character has been adapted for screen many times, first appearing in animated form in the 1967 The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure and then in the related Super Friends program. These animated appearances have left a lasting impression in pop culture.  Jokes about his wholesome portrayal in Super Friends and perceived weaker powers and abilities have been staples of comedy programmes and stand-up routines. He has since  appeared in various animated productions, including prominent roles in the 2000s series Justice League Unlimited and Batman: The Brave and the Bold, as well as several DC Universe Animated Original Movies. Actor Alan Ritchson also portrayed the role in live action in the television show Smallville. 2016 brought on Aquaman’s first on screen movie debut, portrayed by Jason Momoa in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Momoa will reprise his role in an upcoming solo film, to be released in 2018.

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The Flash 01x15 // Flashpoint: Reverse Flash #1

If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.

Maybe Alchemy is Cisco. Not our Cisco, but Flashpoint!Cisco.

Season 1 gave us a really strong indication that Cisco will, at some point, be able to stop changes from the timeline from having knock-on effect. Eddie Thawne shoots himself, Eobard starts being unmade, and his last words are “Cisco, help me.” This suggests that Eobard, with all the foreknowledge (historical knowledge) he has, expects or at least hopes that Cisco could have helped him. That Cisco could have reached out to a man whose ancestors never existed, and stopped him from being unborn.

That kind of power–to take something from another timeline and bring it back into the current real one when it should not exist–is exactly what Alchemy is doing.

Alchemy gets into contact with people who are dreaming of Flashpoint–and the whole “dreaming of a different timeline” is also a Cisco thing, the first thing (besides naming)[1] we saw him do with his powers; maybe Flashpoint!Cisco knows how to draw it out in others, or project it onto them, if he isn’t just picking up on it–and they come to him in person, and he gives them their powers.

So you know… maybe Flashpoint!Cisco survived Flashpoint being unmade, did for himself what Eobard begged him to do back in season 1 and survived the little detail that it was impossible for him to exist. Maybe he came through to the S3!now, and is giving people their Flashpoint powers. (Maybe he’s doing that so he can get something out of them and leave behind the husks. Maybe he’s just doing it so they’ll make the life of the person who stole his life miserable. Maybe there’s something else at work. I don’t know.)

Maybe Cisco’s this season’s villain.
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[1] I have many and heartfelt opinions about the significance of Cisco’s naming people, and who names themselves (hint: people who build their own powers - Pied Piper, Trickster, Velocity), but for the moment I am just going to say I take it as a barometer of way more than just his state of mind.

I am not entirely sure what to make of it yet, but the fact that he hasn’t named anyone yet except to say that maybe Alchemy should be Doctor Alchemy is something I am paying attention to.