Trivia / The Flash

About the DC Comic Book series and characters.

  • Creator Backlash:
    • Both Mark Waid (Bart's creator) and Geoff Johns (the guy who wrote the story where it happened) have made it very clear that they hated Bart adopting the Kid Flash codename.
    • 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.
    • Ironically, Geoff Johns himself was displeased by Wally's treatment in New 52 and he went as far as making original Wally as the main character of DC Universe: Rebirth to use him as Author Avatar.
    • Mark Waid has made no secret of his disdain for DC's treatment of Wally, the character he helped define.
  • Creator's Favorite:
    • Mark Waid has made it clear that Wally is his favourite Flash, though he never disrespected the other Flashes or anything.
    • Geoff Johns' favourite character overall is Barry Allen, he's the guy who brought Barry back. Years later, he would also say Wally was his favourite.
  • 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. Geoff Johns has made it very clear that this wasn't his idea and he actually hated it and commiserated with Mark Waid about it. 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:
    • Jesse Quick's unpopular third outfit, after the leather jacket and Zettai Ryouki outfits, is referred to as the 'Q-boob' outfit, for how the 'Q' weirdly circles one of her, well, boobs.
    • 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 appreciation 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 characters by their real names anyway, due to the Legacy thing.
    • The Flash: Afterbirth is sometimes used to differentiate between the original miniseries and the 2016 one-shot.
  • Follow the Leader: It's hard to imagine comic books without speedsters. Jay Garrick was the very first.
  • Fountain of Expies: Hunter Zolomon has become this for any version of newly created (or recreated in case of New 52 Eobard Thawne) evil speedsters, including the other adaptations of Reverse-Flash.
    • Daniel West is the first to be inspired by Hunter; he believes his entire life is a big tragedy due to his father's abuse and his greatest desire is to go back in time to fix where everything went wrong for him. He has connection to speed force but they are still time based, allowing him to rewind time a few seconds back.
    • TV show adaptation of Eobard Thawne heavily uses from Hunter with a few twists; he is an Evil Cripple who becomes an ally to Flash and trains Barry to improve him as a hero albeit with less sadistic ways. The only truly difference is that Thawne (during his impersonation) is revealed to be Evil All Along right from the first episode.
    • The aborted movie adaptation of Flash also features Thawne as a paraplegic scientist.
    • Barry Allen himself can count as an example, his changed origins heavily resemble Hunter's, with his father killing his mother (though in Barry's case Henry is framed) and Barry using this tragedy as a motivation to join law enforcement and solve this case. TV show even uses this to draw parallels between two characters.
    • Eobard Thawne's New 52 version is basically a Composite Character of himself and Hunter; he has Hunter's Time Master powers and his Til Murder Do Us Part origins. This has been fortunately undone by DC Rebirth though.
    • However August Heart as Godspeed takes it to a whole new level by being a Composite Character of Hunter's two versions:
      • Just like Hunter's comic version, he is introduced as part of police departmant and a close ally/friend of Flash. His push to villainy is fuelled by Barry's refusal to contemplate killing his enemies (like Professor Zoom). He also has a tragic failure in his past that motivates him and wants to show Flash that there is a better way to handle his enemies.
      • And like the TV show version of Zoom, he wears a similar suit (only with reverse colors), uses clones to mislead people on his secret identity and hunts down other speedsters to gain more power and become the greatest speedster.
  • 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 The Flash: Rebirth collected edition and on Twitter, Geoff Johns' pitch for the 2010 Flash series is included, and features a more substantial role for Wally in the form of a backup story written by Johns and drawn by Scott Kolins. 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 The Flash: 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.
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