I think if anything, the continuity is going to revert to pre New 52. There are going to be so many spoilers in my theory that have to do with current issues on the racks, I’d have to blot out almost this whole post, so be warned if you are keeping up with the comics on here that are a year old.
As several titles have been canceled or discontinued for stories reaching their natural conclusions, I now officially pull every DC title with the “Universe” tab on the cover, i.e. every title in continuity. I say this because having all of these books is largely what I base my theory on. In my head I’ve basically been making a thread of events with yarn connecting them.
So let’s start with the Flash. Of course Wally has been back since Rebirth and slowly, everyone began remembering him, but recently he’s been imbued with some of Dr. Manhattan’s ability and currently sits on the Mobius chair. His wife Linda Park doesn’t remember him, and his kids are still lost to the state of “life” in current continuity. More on that in a bit. Barry just managed to pull Max Mercury and Jesse Quick from the Speed force. Jay Garrick and Bart Allen are back, and some people remember them from the past.
Staying with Bart, the Young Justice crew, and touching on Teen Titans, in Young Justice, Bart explained why no one initially remembers Connor or their time previous in YJ. Connor of course is back, Jon Kent got aged up to around 16-18, and is 1,000 years in the future with The Legion, leaving a void on present day earth for a Superboy, I’m looking at you Connor. Tim is no longer going by Drake, went back to HIS classic Robin uniform, and is going by Robin again. In Teen Titans, Damian has quit being Robin, so connecting these two events, it seems Tim May be gearing up to be THE Robin again.
There seems to be a connection between Joker War tie ins, and Batman and the Outsiders. Barbara had to rip out her implant to keep the Joker from being able to control her body, and when Luke Fox put it back, he warned her if she ever took it out again, it would not work again. Foreshadowing perhaps? So that leads to Outsiders. With that book ending, it seems as though Batman is stepping aside due to trusting Black Lightning, and Shiva had told him it was time to let Cass be what she was meant to be. So what if Babs has to yank out the spine implant again, during the course of Joker War, and resumes her role as Oracle, and Cass becomes Batgirl again? Babs’ BG title
Is ending after all with the forthcoming issue 50.
Hawkman is coming to an end, but not before he and Shiara were granted one last life together where they were happiest. They were transported to the 1940’s and they were with the JSA in the current issue. What if the end of Hawkman leads to a new ongoing JSA?
So here’s my theory: given the fact Wonder Woman is currently trying to save all universes in Death Metal, and Wally has the power of Manhattan and the Mobius chair, and is heavily involved in Death Metal, I believe he is going to reset the Mulitverse to pre New 52. His motivations would be clear as it would restore his relationship with Linda and the kids, he clearly has the power boost to go along with the Speed Force, and for the most part the DC Universe would be at the very least, no worse off from where it is now, speaking of where the characters are at now, in their fictional lives. And some of the events, were they to happen, have been somewhat “organically” resetting, or have been eluded to happening. Tim Drake/Robin, Batgirl, Oracle, Hawks/JSA.
If this happens, it would be having our cake and eating it too. For those of us “old heads”, we would get the continuity we loved most. Silver and Bronze Age were not AS connected, so I would argue as far as tightly connected events affecting the whole of the line, from around Crisis, to right before Flashpoint is the most beloved connected continuity. It’s been nine years since we had this continuity, so it falls to what’s old becomes new again. This would also serve as a “reboot” and a way to try and spike sales as younger readers who may have jumped on DC with New 52, or Rebirth would not be as familiar with this cannon, and it would be completely fresh for them. That’s my mindset reading the current line