Trivia / The Flash

About the DC Comic Book series & characters.

  • Creator Backlash: Artist Brett Booth was very vocal about his displeasure with Wally's initial absence from the New 52. In an example of this working out for the best, when DC decided it was time to reintroduce Wally, they approached Booth about taking over art duties on the series.
  • Executive Meddling
    • When Titans and Young Justice was merged to create the 2003 Teen Titans revival, Bart was renamed "Kid Flash" and given a personality transplant, removing his ADD-driven, humor-based personality to turn him into a brooding teenager who kept wanting to be taken seriously. He's been acting more like his old self since his resurrection, though.
    • Previously, Wally's Crisis-era depowering fits with the general trend to bring top-level heroics down to less fantastic levels.
    • Wally's Rebirth suit having an open top for his hair. Brett Booth has said he wanted to have it closed, but the higher-ups wanted it open (probably to help distinguish him from Barry, since eye colour is hard to show in all-but close-ups and Wally's lightning colour is subject to Depending on the Artist).
  • Fan Nickname: Then New 52 Wally West is called "Nu Wally" to distinguish him from the Pre-New 52 version. Notably, this was 'before the original Wally returned in Rebirth, and the CBR even allowed the two to have different aprpeciation threads, which they haven't allowed for any other character. After the original Wally's return, it's just necessary'', since they both call themselves Wally in-universe, and readers tend to call the Flash character by their real names anyway, due tot he Legacy thing.
  • Follow the Leader: It's hard to imagine comic books without speedsters. Jay Garrick was the very first.
  • I Knew It: Wally West being Black. Many, many fans knew this was going to happen, since the Wests in the planned Flash TV series are Black, and the fact that Brett Booth said Wally was on the cover of Flash Annual #3, which many correctly assumed was the graffiti artist who nothing was shown of. The issue has massive Just Here for Godzilla status, so why wouldn't they show Wally's appearance?
    • Wally West's return in Rebirth. The way Geoff Johns giggled like a school girl with Flash writer Joshua Williamson at the Rebirth panel, the foreshadowing in Titans Hunt, leaks, and just the idea that Rebirth was supposed to re-establish legacy made it clear he was coming back.
  • Marth Debuted in "Smash Bros.": The Flash's theatrical debut was in 2014'sThe LEGO Movie.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • In the Rebirth collected edition, Geoff Johns' pitch for the 2010 Flash series is included, and features a more substantial role for Wally. However, as the pitch concludes by noting it would be leading into Flashpoint in 2011, it appears that much of this dropped due to the Schedule Slip the final issues of Rebirth suffered from.
    • Prior to Wally's New 52 reintroduction, Brett Booth posted several ideas for Wally's costume on his personal blog - Whilst mostly resembling the costume Wally had been wearing prior to the reboot, one major difference was the use of black on the hands & the waist down to give Wally a costume that whilst resembling Barry's, would allow the reader to easily distinguish between the two Flashes at a glance; and an alternate color scheme on the same costume, replacing the red & gold other with blue & silver - ultimately, Booth would use different designs when he got to introduce a future version of New 52 Wally as the Flash, and when he got to design Post-Crisis Wally's new costume upon his return in DC Rebirth.