I don’t know about you, but I have been ready for the Justice League movie since the old cartoon series. Seeing some of the biggest DC characters on screen at the same time makes the little kid in me light up. But, some of you may not know a whole lot about these characters. So, we are here to give you a little bit of that information. Let’s get started!
For those of you who don’t know, there have been many different people to take on the role of the Flash in the DC Comics universe. But, we are going to focus on Barry Allen, the Scarlet Speedster that most of us know. He first debuted in “Showcase #4” in 1956. The Flash received his powers after an accident changes him, giving him access to something in the DC Universe known as the Speed Force. Let’s take a closer look at his abilities, his latest origin story, and what he is currently up to in the comics.
Powers and Abilities
Barry’s speed comes directly from something known as the Speed Force. Gaining access to the Speed Force gives the Flash his super speed. He can quickly run to create different tornadoes, blowing down enemies. Or, by vibrating quickly, Barry is able to pass through solid matter. And, that’s not all. He can manipulate the electrical energy from the Speed Force and channel it into arcs of lightning. We have seen Barry be able to use this lightning to interlock with other speedsters, which then cuts their connection to the speed force. The Speed Force has also been able to affect his brain, giving him the ability to process information quicker, and make decisions even faster. But, probably the most infamous ability Barry has is his ability to travel back in time. In fact, Barry once created an alternate universe known as Flashpoint. During this event, signature moments in the DC Universe were changed completely, such as Bruce Wayne being shot instead of his parents.
New 52 Origin Story
In the rest of the DC Universe, known as the New 52 relaunch, we see Barry Allen gaining his powers. After being frustrated, Barry throws a small machine out of his window. With the window breaking, a bolt of lightning is able to pass through and strike him, giving him his abilities. In Justice League #2, the Flash is called to assist Green Lantern and Batman in “calming down” an out of control Superman. After regrouping with the members, we see him help take down Darkseid’s invasion. His speed brings an impressive asset to the team.
Currently in the Comics
As of right now, the Flash is dealing with a ton in the comics. He has recently been reunited with his protégé, Wally West. But, he didn’t remember him at first. A new story arc has just started known as “Black Hole Rising” in The Flash #34. We don’t know much about this arc yet, but we do know that a reunion between him and someone teaches us something about Flash’s newest powers. Barry and Wally will have to work together, and through some past conflicts, if they both hope to survive. The story line has just started recently. So, go ahead and pick up issue #34 of the Flash Rebirth if you want to get more involved with Barry Allen!
The Flash has been around for a long, long time. He is quick on his feet as well as his quips, and will hopefully bring a lot to the upcoming Justice League film. Flash is one of DC’s biggest heroes, and seeing him on screen next to Batman will be fun to watch. Personally, I am hoping that this movie will exceed expectations! So, if you want to learn more about the Flash, then take some time and read through some of his comics. It’ll give you some fun Flash facts when you go and check out the Justice League movie. And, don’t worry if Flash dashes away on screen during the movie. We all know that he will be back in a Flash!
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