Now in its third season, The Flash has offered a brighter and more fantastical corner of the Arrowverse. Though Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow have followed suit, Barry Allen and his friends at S.T.A.R Labs still deal with the most outright comic book plots across all of television. The Flash has traveled to the future and past, hopped to parallel Earths where he’s met doppelgangers of the show’s cast, and even fought a giant, telepathic gorilla. Arrow and the other CW shows have taken some deep dives into comic lore, but The Flash still beats them all handily.
Even with all the storylines and characters the producers and writers have pulled into the show from the page, there’s still decades of Flash mythology that’s rife for adaptation. Barry Allen has been running around DC Comics as the Fastest Man Alive since the mid-50s, so there’s no shortage of amazing moments, powerful heroes, and nefarious villains that can be brought to life for The Flash. Here are 15 Things From The Comics We Need To See In The TV Show.
15. More Speed Force Powers
The Speed Force shares a lot in common with what those in the Star Wars universe tap into, as it provides users with untold powers. On The Flash, we’ve already seen Barry use his Speed Force connection to travel space and time, throw lightning bolts, and phase through objects. He even spoke with the energy field itself at one point. In the comics, however, the various wielders of the Speed Force can do a whole host of amazing things.
It’s unknown if all Speed Force users can access every possible ability, as some who are connected don’t even have super speed. Still, it seems likely that if one person can access a power, any Speed Force user could. Across the comics, we’ve seen the energy generated by the Speed Force being used as constructs, such as uniforms or scouts. Like how Barry can generate vortexes and electricity, some speedsters can actually manipulate metal using electromagnetism, and even fly by creating upward force with their arms.
There’s also the Speed Mind, which acts as a form of precognition by rapidly running possible scenarios and outcomes to assess threats. And many speedsters can actually control speed and the Force itself by sharing and stealing Speed Force, as well as robbing objects and people of speed and momentum. Barry’s already tapped into a number of his comic book powers, but hopefully the show will continue to roll them out as it progresses.
14. Cobalt Blue, The Flash’s Twin Brother
The origin of Cobalt Blue is pure soapy comic book goodness. The seeds for it have already been planted on The Flash as well, thanks to the character of Eddie Thawne. Fans long speculated before his death that he might turn out to be a version of Malcolm Thawne, the ancestor of Eobard Thawne and half-brother of Barry Allen. With Rick Cosnett returning to The Flash this season, we may just see it come to pass.
In the comics, Barry’s mother Nora gives birth to twin boys. The doctor who delivers them, however, has just lost another patient’s child due to being inebriated. To cover his tracks, he gives Barry to Nora, and Malcolm to the Thawnes, with neither mother any the wiser. Though his adoptive parents raised Malcolm in a life of crime, they also bestowed on him a rare talisman that granted him Blue Flame powers capable of combatting the Speed Force. Thawne become Cobalt Blue and fought Barry and Kid Flash on a number of occasions.
We don’t know in what form Eddie will return, but perhaps an alternate version of him will be the Blue Flame-powered Malcolm and will serve as a villain for Barry. Either way, it’ll be interesting to see how the Reverse-Flash reacts to the news that his distant relative is back from the dead.
13. The Other Mirror Master
In DC Comics, Sam Scudder is the original Mirror Master, but The Flash decided to use his New 52 update when they brought him to TV. In the comics, the character appeared as Mirror Master in The Flash #105 in 1959. Unlike his New 52 counterpart, he used technology to create his portals, rather than metahuman powers. Eventually, he was succeeded by Evan McCulloch, a character known to exist on Earth 2 in the Arrowverse.
The Mirror Master we meet has physical powers, but we learn that, like the comics, the Mirror Master of Earth 2 used a Mirror Gun to create his portals to the Mirror Dimension. Even though Scudder is technically the original, seeing McCulloch using the Mirror Gun (perhaps in that ridiculous costume) would end up making him much closer to the comics than the Mirror Master we’ve already met.
12. Friendship with Green Lantern
In terms of special effects, introducing any Green Lantern into the Arrowverse would be challenging. We’ll soon see how the DCEU handles things when Green Lantern Corps hits theaters, but we’d still love to see Hal Jordan reappear on the CW. We say reappear because he’s already had a tiny cameo. Aside from Ferris Air popping up across Arrow and The Flash, we’ve seen a quick glimpse of an Air Force uniform bearing the name “Jordan” on a man in one of Oliver’s flashbacks in Coast City (where Jordan hails from in the comics). We’ve also heard that a Ferris Air test pilot went missing, and know the name “Hal” is on Barry and Iris’ phone on Earth 2.
For the most part, these are just fun Easter eggs, but there’s also enough of them to indicate that Hal Jordan could be plausibly brought into the show. In fact, he could be, right at this moment, up on Oa training to be a Green Lantern, ready to return at any moment and join the show. Not only would this let us explore his long comic book partnership with the Green Arrow, but we could see one of comic’s great friendships: Barry Allen and Hal Jordan.
Together, they make a sort of odd couple, given Jordan’s stern and conservative nature and Barry’s lightheartedness. Though we’ve seen a similar dynamic play out with Barry and Oliver, Jordan’s cockiness could add a nice element to the mix for the trio of superheroes.
11. Captain Boomerang
It may seem hard to believe, but one of the Flash’s greatest rogues as never appeared on his show. What makes it even stranger is that the man known as Captain Boomerang already exists in the Arrowverse. He first appeared during the initial Arrow/The Flash crossover, where Barry appeared in time to save Oliver from an exploding boomerang. While they’ve technically encountered each other (and tussled in the comics based on the show), Digger Harkness has yet to show up on The Flash.
Considering the character proved popular in Suicide Squad and that he’s already got an actor and history in the Arrowverse, it does seem like it’s only a matter of time before Boomerang comes face-to-face with Barry on his own turf. Once that happens, we’ll be one step closer to a comics-accurate version of the Rogues joining forces to give the Scarlet Speedster a hard time.
With the character now in the spotlight thanks to the DCEU (where the Flash cameo’d to take him down), now would be the time to reintroduce him to TV and see how his boomerangs fare versus the Fastest Man Alive.
10. Flashpoint Proper
When it was announced that The Flash would be handling Flashpoint, the DC Comics event that kicked off the New 52, many fans were worried. The event built on decades of DC lore and was designed to reboot the entire continuity. It also inverted many heroes and villains while playing with the history of the comics up to that point. As such, the third season of The Flash was never going to be able to handle the event properly or even use it as a way to seriously alter the Arrowverse. Because of that, many fans are still hoping to see a proper version of Flashpoint brought to life.
Not only should we see a true alternate history involving all the players from the Arrowverse, but Flashpoint would be a great opportunity to introduce the likes of Batman, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman to TV. The bonus for the producers is that we could see alternate versions of these characters without them having to become regulars on any of the shows or stepping on the toes of their film counterparts.
The other option is that a number of existing heroes could stand in for those comic characters who don’t exist on TV. This already happened on Earth 2, where Oliver died and his father became Green Arrow, mirroring Thomas Wayne taking the mantle of Batman in Flashpoint. Even better, the event would let the Arrowverse merge the various Earths, bringing the main continuity more in line with the comics.
9. Patty Spivot Becoming Hot Pursuit
Patty Spivot is one of those characters we want to return to the Arrowverse. There’s no denying she got the short shrift when the writers and producers plopped her in the middle of Barry and Iris last season, which is a real shame. Despite the comic book mandate, Barry and Patty had some great, nerdy chemistry, and Shantel VanSanten was a lot of fun in the role.
Given her eventual turn to a superhero in the comics, we couldn’t forgive The Flash if Spivot never returned to become Hot Pursuit. We can practically hear Cisco naming her now.
In the comics, Hot Pursuit is wrapped up in Flashpoint, and serves as the mantle for a hero who possesses a Cosmic Motorcycle capable of matching the Flash’s speed. Eventually, Patty steals the gear and starts fighting crime herself. This whole idea could easily be adapted to TV, with Patty either returning to Central City in the midst of Hot Pursuit’s arrival from another dimension/timeline, or with her returning already bearing the name and using the gear. Either way, it’d be a fun way to reintroduce the character and play with the idea of a non-metahuman being a speedster.
8. More Speedsters
Many characters have been connected to the Speed Force over the course of the comics. For its part, The Flash seems pretty set on adapting them all. Aside from Barry, we’ve already seen Wally West and Jesse Quick gain speed powers, and met villains such as The Rival, Savitar, Zoom, and Reverse-Flash. Even still, there’s a lot of other speedsters from the comics that could be brought into the Arrowverse.
For one, most of Barry’s and Iris’ relatives gain Speed Force powers, either in our dimension or another one. There’s Jai and Iris West, the children of Wally; Walter West, an alternate version of Kid Flash; and Bart Allen, the grandson of Barry and the first hero to become Impulse. By incorporating other worlds and time travel, any of these characters could appear long before they’re supposed to be born.
There are also older heroes with speed powers, like Johnny Quick (the father of Jesse in the comics) and Max Mercury, both Golden Age heroes that would be great to see appear alongside Jay Garrick. The comics have also introduced plenty of new Speedsters, like the nefarious Godspeed, who gains powers along with a number of other Central City citizens due to a Speed Force storm. Now that would make for an interesting arc on the TV show.
7. Life in the 30th Century
So far, the Flash has only traveled to the future once, and even then it was only 5 months ahead. Over on Legends of Tomorrow, we’ve seen some glimpses of possible futures, but there’s one area of time that has deep ties to the comics that we’d love to see on TV. The 30th century is the location of tons of stories in DC Comics. Supergirl has spent a bunch of time there, where she’s worked with the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Legion has appeared on Smallville, but we’ve yet to hear any mention of them in the Arrowverse (though a Legion flight ring rests in the Fortress of Solitude on Supergirl).
Even better would be seeing Barry and Iris living in the 30th century. In the comics, Barry and Iris retire to the future after a fight leaves the Flash disfigured. Future tech is able to heal him, however, and he and Iris plant roots until the timeline starts unraveling and they’re forced to return. While we don’t want to see it anytime soon, it’d be great to end a season with Barry retiring and the next season opening with he and Iris blissfully living in the future and exploring the world through fresh eyes.
6. Barry’s Future Children, the Tornado Twins
Barry and Iris are so comfortable in the future, in fact, that the two actually have children. Named Don and Dawn Allen (seriously), the two kids soon learn they have limited Speed Force powers. As the two were especially fond of creating vortexes, they eventually began operating as the Tornado Twins. Dawn even had a child of her own with Speed Force powers: the future Legionnaire XS.
In the end, both Dawn and Don sacrificed their lives in order to stop the Dominators. While that threat has been dealt with, we could see all of this play out in an alternate timeline. Perhaps the kids come from a possible future visit Barry and Iris while they’re still dating. Maybe we even get the return of the Dominators in a separate Earth where Don and Dawn are forced to save the day. Regardless, it’d be a lot of fun to see present day Barry and Iris grapple with the idea that they have future children who are superheroes.
5. Barry and Iris’ Marriage
Before any of this settling in the 30th century and children business can occur, of course, Barry and Iris actually need to tie the knot. Even without the newspaper article that’s teased their marriage since the beginning of the series, Barry and Iris living happily ever after is inevitable. Well, things aren’t always happy, but their pairing is as close to a sure thing as we’ll ever get when it comes to adapting comics to TV. Like Oliver and Laurel, or Lois and Clark, Barry and Iris are one of DC’s power couples, and help sire a long line of Speed Force users.
More than that, family and hope have always served as the cornerstones of any Flash comic. While the CW and comic book nature of The Flash ensure that there will always be plenty of drama, it’s essential for Barry to be shown as someone who can have happiness in the face of adversity. After all, we don’t just want to see another Oliver Queen.
Though it’s still to come (we’re assuming Iris’ death at the hands of Savitar isn’t permanent), Barry and Iris having a steady relationship is one of the grounding principles of the Flash’s lore and needs to occur before too long.
4. Crisis on Infinite Earths
Though Gotham and the upcoming Black Lightning and Krypton series may never cross over with the Arrowverse, it’s a safe bet that Marc Guggenheim, Greg Berlanti, and the rest of the producers are eventually going to unify things over on the CW. That not only means pulling Supergirl, Superman, and Martian Manhunter into the same universe as Flash, Green Arrow, and the Legends, but even merging some of the different Earths that exist on The Flash. Like with Flashpoint, the long-teased “Crisis” from the newspaper of the future seems the perfect way to do this.
The event alludes to Crisis on Infinite Earths, the first reboot in comic book history. With it, DC was able to pull together Earth 1 and 2 and streamline their decades of continuity for new and old audiences alike. Though the Arrowverse is hardly as sprawling, the alternate Earths on The Flash have served as ways to introduce more comics-accurate characters than exist in the main timeline.
By erupting the events of Crisis, things like Gorilla City could be brought into the proper Arrowverse universe. We could see all sorts of restructuring that brings Oliver and Laurel together (and gives the latter metahuman powers), sees Superman and aliens as regular parts of the Arrowverse, and makes The Flash look more like the comics. It’s only a matter of time before it occurs, so hopefully the producers and writers will handle it better than they did Flashpoint.
3. The Death of Barry Allen
One of the biggest consequences of Crisis was the death of Supergirl and the Flash. Eventually, they both returned, but it marked two of the longest absences from comics following a superhero death. While it’s inevitable that any superhero who dies will return to life, Barry Allen stayed gone for quite some time. Though he popped back up in stories here and there, he didn’t properly return until 2009’s Flash: Rebirth. If Crisis ever does unfold on the small screen, there’s no way it can be done without Barry sacrificing himself to save the multiverse.
In the comics, the cosmically powerful Anti-Monitor sets about to destroy the multiverse. He’s countered by his opposite and “brother,” the Monitor, as well as the various heroes of the many Earths. It’s the Anti-Monitor who kills Supergirl, and has Barry Allen tortured by Psycho-Pirate (after the Flash’s return from the 30th century to warn everyone of the collapse of space-time). Eventually, the Flash breaks free and is able to destroy the Anti-Monitor’s weapons, but dies himself in the process. While his absence couldn’t last as long as it did in the comics, it’d be heart-wrenching to see Barry sacrifice himself as the Arrowverse was reset.
2. Wally West Becoming The Flash
Of course, in the 20+ years that Barry Allen was absent, DC didn’t let the Flash name die. Wally West, the former Kid Flash, assumed the mantle of his mentor and became the Fastest Man Alive for an entire generation. In fact, it’s the Wally West Flash who was used for the Justice League animated series, as Barry was still dead in the comics. Though Wally is too inexperienced so far in the CW show to take over for Barry, he may just be up to it by the time Crisis roles around.
We’ve already seen Wally as the Flash in the Flashpoint universe, but it’d be great to see him take on the Flash’s suit and name in the proper universe. The producers of the Arrowverse have always been good about at least paying lip service to the comics, so if Crisis ever unfolds, there will be at least some version of Wally becoming Flash. Still, we’d love for him to full-on take over the mantle for at least a season. The Flash has been known to burn through story, so it’d be nice to see them at least mimic the comics and take some time exploring Barry’s absence and Wally’s role as the main Flash.
1. The Founding of the Justice League
To be fair, the Justice League forming on TV isn’t something we just want to see happen on the Flash. Though Supergirl and Green Arrow aren’t usually depicted as being part of the original Justice League, we’d be more than happy seeing the heroes we have so far in the Arrowverse create the team. Thanks to the recent crossover, we already know the Hall of Justice exists, as the crew used the conspicuously designed Ferris Air hangar in their team-up versus the Dominators. If the Last Children of Krypton are brought into the main Arrowverse dimension, all we need is a few more founders to pop up on TV.
We’ve already pitched the idea of Green Lantern, and Bruce Wayne has been teased a fair few times as well. Add in Superman, Flash, Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, and maybe even one or two Legends, and we’ve got a pretty solid Justice League.
In fact, we know Atlantis exists on Earth 2, so perhaps a merger of universes could even bring Aquaman over. Kara could sub in for Wonder Woman, or the CW could just straight up introduce a new Wonder Woman to the small screen. The possibilities are endless and many of the seeds have already been planted. Whether it happens next season or ten seasons from now, we just hope the Arrowverse one day makes the Justice League a reality.
What things from the comics do you want to see on The Flash? Let us know in the comments.
The Flash airs Tuesdays @ 8 p.m. on The CW.