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New "Flash" Teaser Prepares for Mark Hamill's Trickster Debut

3 days ago
By Stephen Gerding

The iconic voice of the Joker returns to the DCU as the Trickster when Hamill once again torments the world's fastest man on next week's episode.

The Snart Siblings Make a Gamble in New "The Flash" Clip

3 days ago
By Meagan Damore

In this clip from "Rogue Time," Lisa Snart arrives with some deadly technology of her own.

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Peyton List Talks Joining "The Flash's" Rogues as Golden Glider

Tue, March 24th
By Bryan Cairns

EXCL. PREVIEW: Barry Tries to Stop the Future Flash in DC's "Flash" #40

Mon, March 23rd
By CBR News Team

"The Flash" Cast & EP on This Week's "Heartbreaking" Reverse-Flash Revelations

Wed, March 18th
By Albert Ching

New "Flash" Poster Teases Rogues' Return, Golden Glider's Debut

Wed, March 18th
By Stephen Gerding

"The Flash" Recap: Barry Makes A Quantum Leap In Pivotal "Out Of Time"

Wed, March 18th
By Marc Buxton

"Flash" Cast Promises Major Surprises In Reveal of Reverse-Flash's Agenda

Tue, March 17th
By Scott Huver

"Flash's" Grant Gustin: There's a Surprise Reverse-Flash Twist Ahead No One's Seen Coming

Tue, March 17th
By Scott Huver

Kreisberg Hopes for Full-Fledged Rogues Episode on "The Flash"

Mon, March 16th
By Albert Ching

Spoiler-Filled Panel Reveals "The Flash" Speeding Towards Big Changes As Season Finale Draws Near

Mon, March 16th
By Kiel Phegley

"The Flash" Showrunners Say Wally West Could Be Coming Next Season

Sun, March 15th
By Ben Kaye

New Looks Revealed for The Flash, Green Lantern, and Green Arrow

Sat, March 14th
By Ben Kaye

Reverse Flash Poster Hypes Villain's "Flash" Return, Showdown

Fri, March 13th
By Stephen Gerding

The CW Announces Season Finale Dates for "The Flash," "Arrow"

Wed, March 11th
By Stephen Gerding

WATCH: Weather Wizard, Golden Glider & Hamill's Trickster Terrorize "The Flash"

Mon, March 9th
By Stephen Gerding

Character Descriptions Revealed For "Arrow"/"Flash" Spinoff

Mon, March 9th
By Brett White

Here Are Your Favorite NFL Players as Your Favorite Superheroes

Sat, February 28th
By Ben Kaye

"The Flash's" Robbie Amell Talks Firestorm's Powers, Superhero Future

Tue, February 17th
By Bryan Cairns

"The Flash" Trailer Promises Time-Travel Twists for Barry Allen

Wed, February 11th
By Stephen Gerding

Biography

Flash

In recent years, the Flash has become an even larger star in the DC Comics firmament – no small feat for someone who was already considered one of the top five characters in DC's roster. In the hands of writer Geoff Johns, the character - specifically, the Barry Allen incarnation - has experienced a second wind as seen in the recent "Flash: Rebirth" miniseries and the newly relaunched ongoing series that carries his name as well as a live action movie reportedly being developed.

The Flash first raced into comics pages in 1940 with his own series, "Flash Comics," and the distinction of being the first super-speeder in comics history. Writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert conceived the scarlet speedster as Jay Garrick, a college student who received his powers from an accidental exposure to toxic vapors. This first iteration of the Flash wore a winged helmet reminiscent of the Greek god Hermes, and though later incarnations of the Flash carried a more streamlined superhero suit, Garrick's story and outfit set the tone for what was to come.

With the dawn of the Silver Age of comics in the mid-1950s, DC Comics saw in the Flash a chance to break new ground in the superhero genre. In the publisher's subsequent relaunch of the character, a police forensic scientist named Barry Allen gains the powers of super-speed, having been doused with chemicals after they were struck by lightning. Allen, a comics reader himself who read the original 1940s "Flash Comics" in his youth, takes up the name Flash for his own adventures in this new age of comics. The publisher soon realized that in the case of the Flash, lightning can strike twice, and the successful relaunch of the character pushed the publisher to revive several other Golden Age characters and to formulate a new team of superheroes called the Justice League of America.

Over the course of the character's history, the Flash has proven to be one of comics most viable concepts, giving rise to numerous variations as well as different men underneath the red and yellow mask. Barry Allen acquired a junior associates named Kid Flash, who eventually took up the mantle upon Allen's heroic death during DC's epic "Crisis on Infinite Earths" maxiseries from the mid 1980s. Since then, an informal Flash family has developed in the DC Universe, comprised of several heroes operating under the moniker of the Flash, as well as associated heroes such as Kid Flash, Impulse, Jesse Quick and even a Flash from the 27th century named John Fox. Their powers all stem from their connection to a extradimensional energy called the Speed Force, which fuels their power and acts as a highway for even more mind-bending antics including time travel or even returning from the dead. - Chris Arrant

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