Welcome to Earth-2 was chock full of interesting Easter Eggs and references for eagle eyed comic fans to scour over and speculate on until the DCTV universe implodes on itself. I’m here to try and sort out all of the details before that happens!
Below you will find a list of every tease found throughout the episode as well as what each clue could mean for the future of The Flash or the other DC programs on the air. Everything from the recently announced crossover with Supergirl to the Deadshot parody, there is an Easter Egg for fans of every show in the Arrow-verse.
So take a look at the gallery below and read on for all of the details!
- During Barry’s time travelling dimensions, he caught a glimpse at one of the heroes set appear in an upcoming episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Jonah Hex, to be played by Jonathan Schaech, is sporting his trademarked facial scars and brandishing his iconic revolver. Will Barry also be making a stop to team up with the Legends?
- When Barry, Wells and Cisco first arrive on Earth-2, one of their first stops is too the alternate Star Labs. Once their, tucked away on the bottom of the screen, is a small nod to the Earth-2 version of Captain Cold. It seems in this dimension Leonard Snart has found the life of normalcy he’s been working towards on Legends of Tomorrow. Living a presumably posh lifestyle as Mayor of Central City, Snart has extended the city wide curfew due to the chaos unleashed by Zoom and his cronies (more on them soon).
- Once Barry makes his way to the CCPD he takes a long look at the mural adorning the Police Headquarters wall. On Earth-1, the mural is a nod to the Justice League. On Earth-2, the mural hints at the Justice Society of America (which just so happens to be the current superhero force protecting Earth-2 in the comics). The mural reads. “A Free & Just Society” (you can’t get much more subtle than that). Alongside the mural their is another hint at the JSA, but more on that in a moment…
- Going back to the Speed Cannon, we catch glimpses of other heroes in addition to the aforementioned Hex. Here we see a completely new version of Green Arrow. It doesn’t necessarily look like Stephen Amell, or even Oliver Queen. Sporting a brand new outfit and what looks like a metallic arm, could this be the long rumoured Connor Hawke set to appear on Legends of Tomorrow? Or is this the one-armed The Dark Knight Returns version of Oliver Queen from the future? In either case, it’s a great tease for the future of the show that started this entire DCTV universe.
- The next hero teased during the break between worlds was none other than Supergirl! With recent confirmation that The Flash and Supergirl are set to cross over, this just makes that revelation all the more real. Having seen her in the Speed Cannon could imply that Kara inhabits Earth-2, or a completely different world altogether. Either way, it suggests that Barry’s time hopping exploits will bring the two iconic heroes together. I only hope that Barry decides to bring Cisco along for the ride (Winn and Cisco riffing off of each other would be a superhero sidekick dream come true).
- Floyd Lawton, the deadly assassin and marquee member of the Suicide Squad, is nothing but an inept cop down on Earth-2. He plays for some great laughs in the episode and serves as a nice reminder of his time on Arrow. Though it begs the question, how in the worlds did a guy with such poor aim end up on the police force? Let alone the Chief of Police’s partner?
- The next two images in the reel once again bring us back to the many heroes of the DC universe. Tying into the idea of a superhero team-up, we now see the ring and symbol of the Legion of Superheroes! Is this a clue as to what these disparate heroes will soon become? Bringing all of these characters into a cohesive world is one thing, to see them all on screen over the course of an extended arc is another all together. It would certainly be cool to see Grant Gustin, Melissa Benoist and Stephen Amell team up for a season to defend the multiverse against tyrannical time travelling psychopaths (though that does seem to be covered by Rip Hunter and his companions…).
- We’ve already seen Jonah Hex, a new Green Arrow, Supergirl and the Legion of Superheroes ring. To add even more fan service to this smorgasbord of Easter Eggs is what looks like John Wesley Shipp once again donning his Flash outfit. Is this a look into the past, a memory of a bygone era? Or is this implying that Henry Allen is The Flash on some distant Earth? Maybe its subtle confirmation that the short lived Flash series of the 90’s is canonical with this new timeline. Any of these potential thoughts could come to fruition. We’re dealing with time travel and universe bending plot threads, anything can and will happen.
- The final image related to the Speed Cannon showcases everyone’s favourite telepathic gorilla, Grodd. Showing nothing but him roaring as he looked down upon Gorilla City, we aren’t quite sure what to make of this. It could be a hint at his turn as a major presence in season 3, or it could simply be a reminder that he will play a bigger role somewhere down the line. With all of the hints at a team-up of some sort (JSA or Legion), it would certainly be cool to see all of the heroes band together to fight Grodd and his army of intelligent apes!
- Moving onto the doppelgängers, ever since Barry first traveled through the worm hole fans have known about the inevitable appearance of Killer Frost. In Welcome to Earth-2 we finally get to see Caitlin Snow’s evil twin, as well as the Earth-2 Ronnie Raymond, Deathstorm. Fans looking for a direct comic adaptation of these two iconic DC villains will be disappointed with the lack of creativity in their costumes, but seeing them in action should make up for some of that. Especially once we find out who the pair are working for…
- Cisco Ramon’s evil twin goes by the name Reverb! Fully decked out in the Vibe gear from the comics, Reverb has full control over his abilities. Using his inter dimensional knowledge, he attempts to sway Cisco over to the dark side. As Cisco puts it, Reverb tries to “Cloud City Darth Vader” him. It’s a great exchange and offers fans a glimpse into what Cisco will be capable of once he fully embraces his meta-human nature.
- And finally, we arrive at perhaps the biggest Easter Egg of all, Barry’s Earth-2 phone. Apparently, the Barry of Earth-2 has quite a few powerful friends. On his speed dial we see the usual Mom and Dad, but underneath the mundane numbers are listed Eddie, Bruce, Hal and Diana. Referencing the Earth-2 version of Eddie Thawne, Bruce Wayne (Batman), Hal Jordan (Green Lantern) and Diana Prince (Wonder Woman). While we’ve been assured that these names are simply references at this point, it is cool to see tie ins to such massive names. In addition to the high profile Justice Leaguers on speed dial, Barry’s mother also name drops Atlantis (the home of one Arthur Curry/Aquaman). Seemingly confirming the existence of the Justice League somewhere in the DCTV universe, it is fun to know that if we pray really really hard, maybe one day we can see them all in the flesh (or spandex).
And there you have it! All of the Easter Eggs in Welcome to Earth-2! Find anything I missed? Yell at me in the comments below and don’t forget to check back in to OTL News for all the latest!