- "No honor among thieves, eh?"
- —The Flash to Captain Boomerang
Barry Allen is a college student attending Central City College for criminal science, who develops superhuman speed after being struck by lightning and uses his gifts to protect Central City as The Flash.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Appearance
- 3 Abilities
- 4 Appearances
- 5 Trivia
- 6 External Links
- 7 References
Biography[edit | edit source]
Early Years[edit | edit source]
Barry Allen was born on September 30, 1992, in Central City to Henry Allen and his wife Nora. When he was a child, Nora was found dead and Henry was sent to prison after being wrongfully accused of her murder.
Sent to live with a foster family, Barry became determined to prove his father's innocence and developed an obsession with forensic science.
Becoming The Flash[edit | edit source]
While working late one night, Barry was struck by a bolt of lightning and developed superhuman speed as a result of the incident, with the side effect of his speed creating bolts of lightning that could short circuit or overload nearby electric technology whenever he moved.
Sometime later, Barry stopped an armed robbery at a convenience store, using his powers to knock the robber unconscious and unintentionally causing the power to go out, unbeknownst to him that Alexander Luthor, Jr. acquired the security footage of him
At one point, Barry apprehended Captain Boomerang after the latter stole several priceless jewels and killed his partner with a trick boomerang. Barry knocked the criminal out and left him for the police to find.
An Alternate Timeline[edit | edit source]
Visiting Henry Allen[edit | edit source]
Sometime in January 2017, Barry went to visit his father, Henry Allen, at Iron Heights Penitentiary, where Henry had been wrongly imprisoned after being convicted of murdering his wife Nora Allen in 2001. While signing in, a man behind him becomes annoyed because he feels Barry is taking too long. Using his super-speed, Barry draws glasses and a beard on his face. Barry and Henry talk about Barry's obsession with proving his father's innocence; Barry believes the original investigation was botched. Henry tells his son not to keep coming to visit him, which Barry responded to by asking him to never ask him to do again. Afterward, Barry headed back to his apartment.
Meeting Bruce Wayne[edit | edit source]
Barry returned to his loft after visiting his father, flipping the breaker on to reveal his home, a flat filled with monitors displaying a wide variety of information, including diagnostics of his suit, as well as an episode of Rick and Morty. In the dark, sitting in Barry's "second favorite chair", was Bruce Wayne, who promptly introduced himself and handed Barry a printout of the security camera footage of his encounter with a mugger found on the LexCorp files.
Barry recognized himself in the photo and tried, unsuccessfully, to dismiss the person as merely someone who looks like him, but "definitely not" him. Bruce, however, told Barry that he knew Barry has abilities, but just needed to know what they are. Barry nervously rambled about his skills, including "very competitive ice dancing", when Bruce suddenly hurled a batarang at him, but Barry instinctively used his speed to dodge and catch it.
Recognizing it, and awed Barry deduced that Bruce was the Batman. Bruce noted his abilities as being fast, but Barry digressed, calling the deduction an oversimplification. Bruce moved on, telling Barry about the team he was putting together to battle a powerful enemy, and almost immediately, Barry wanted in. Bruce was taken aback slightly, but when Barry told him that he needed friends, Bruce accepted his reasoning. Barry, admiring the Batarang, promptly asked Bruce if he could keep it as a souvenir.
As Barry and Bruce headed to his car, Barry consumed an entire box of pizza and explained the concept of the Speed Force, and how it allows him to consume insane amounts of food. However, when Barry asked Bruce just how many there were on the team, Bruce's response prompted Barry to then ask what exactly Bruce's powers were, and the latter replied "I'm rich."
Arriving in Gotham, Barry and Bruce rendezvous with Diana Prince, who informs the latter on her progress with Victor Stone's recruitment. Just then, Barry sees the Bat Signal and excitingly reminds Bruce that it meant they should get going, leading to Bruce and Diana sharing a look over the young vigilante's behavior.
Meeting with Commissioner Gordon, the three are joined by Victor Stone, whose father was one of the S.T.A.R. Labs scientists kidnapped by the Parademons. The group managed to figure out that the scientists were being rallied underground at Gotham Harbor, thanks to Victor. As the group arrived, they witness Steppenwolf mercilessly murder one of the scientists after she did not reveal the location of a Mother Box, to which a scared Barry nervously told Batman that he has no combat skills to offer and that his fighting experience consisted of him ambushing people; however, Bruce responds by telling him to simply save a single hostage without focusing on the battle, trusting that he would know what to do next. As the League began their attack, Barry swiftly collected Silas Stone and, realizing the amazing feeling of saving people, goes on to rescue the rest of the hostages before joining in the fight against the Parademons.
By the time Barry returns to the fight, Diana has hold of her sword, so Flash uses his speed to move the hand back in her grasp. Distracted by his accomplishment, Barry loses his footing and tumbles to the ground below. He can recover quickly enough to clumsily save Diana from the falling Knightcrawler. As Steppenwolf approaches them, Barry is grazed in the leg by a Parademon blast and is nearly taken before being saved by Diana. However, Steppenwolf proves to be too strong for the ragtag team to handle, catching a missile fired from the Knightcrawler and using it to flood the area before escaping. Luckily, Aquaman saves them by slowing the tide with his quindent, allowing Barry and the others to get to safety.
Resurrecting Superman[edit | edit source]
The League regrouped in the Batcave to plan their next move. After discovering the capabilities of the Mother Box in Cyborg's possession, Bruce decided to use the Genesis Chamber in the Kryptonian ship along with the Mother Box to resurrect Superman, resulting in a heated debate in which Barry sided with Bruce, though not without mentioning his concerns of a Pet Sematary scenario occurring. Out of options, Victor and Barry dug up Clark's grave, with the pair noting the abnormality in their task and bonding over their powers.
After bringing Superman's body up, the team submerged the Kryptonian and Barry fired off an electrical charge that energized the Box, whose restorative energy field healed and revived the fallen hero. However, Superman, awakened disoriented and, believing them to be hostile, attacked the League, who were all but powerless against him. While Superman held back Diana, Arthur, and Victor simultaneously, Barry attempted to flank him, though this tactic quickly proved to be in vain as Superman could almost keep up with Barry's speed, much to his terrified amazement. Flash, in haste, attempted to evade Superman's attacks, but is knocked into the wall of the memorial and incapacitated.
Waiting for another plan[edit | edit source]
The team returned to the Batcave where Cyborg figured out Steppenwolf's plan. Allen was standing in front of a table with tools and stuff on it while he witnessed Aquaman and Cyborg blaming and arguing with each other after Superman's resurrection, and felt hungry for something as asked Cyborg if it's a bad time to bring his own blood sugar up, which the Atlantean walked away from Cyborg in anger.
Battle to Rusia[edit | edit source]
Upon arriving, Barry and the others observe as Batman leads the Parademons away and takes down the shield surrounding Steppenwolf's base. Entering, Barry gets Victor to the Mother Boxes while he neutralized the hoard of incoming Parademons. When Batman learned that civilians nearby were going to be killed by the terraformation, he ordered Barry to "go for a walk" and evacuate them, who is assisted by Superman who saved the residents of an entire apartment building, much to Barry's amazement.
After Superman and Cyborg separate the Mother Boxes, Barry comes in to tell them about the 'beauty to behold' outside when Steppenwolf attacks only to be finally subdued by Aquaman, Wonder Woman, and Superman. Sensing his fear, the Parademons attack their leader who is transported from Earth ending the invasion. Outside, Barry alongside the others admire the beauty as plant life emerges in the village.
A new world[edit | edit source]
Finding a job[edit | edit source]
After the battle with Steppenwolf, Barry returned to his normal life, thanks to recommendations from a Bruce Wayne, Barry was hired for a position in the Central City Police Department's crime lab. Barry then visited his father, displaying his letter of employment while explaining that it wasn't the greatest position, but it was, in fact, a steady job for him.
Racing Superman[edit | edit source]
Days later, Barry had challenged Clark to race to the Pacific. While Clark was a little reluctant, Barry said this was simply a friendly competition. The two then made small wagers with Clark first joking with Barry by telling him that if he won, Barry was off the team, leaving Barry stunned for a second before realizing he was joking. Clark's wager was that if he won Barry, he had to take the team all to brunch, which, Bruce had told him Barry hated. Barry, while humorously saying he felt a little betrayed by Bruce telling him that, agreed and wagered that if he won, he gets to tell everyone to which Clark agreed. The two then readied themselves and the race began.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Barry is above average height for a male of his age with a lean appearance in comparison to other men of his age. He has brown eyes with fairly long dark brown, virtually black hair that sits just below his ears, but at some point later he got it cut.
As his superhero alter ego the Flash, however, Barry wears a form-fitting red suit that covers his entire body and head. It has a fitted face mask that covers his head but leaves his mouth and eyes exposed, with there also being wing-shaped earpieces. His body is covered entirely with protection pads scattered across the suit in various places, such as the torso, to better protect Barry, with the joints areas free for movement so he can run with little restriction. There is a white circle with a yellow lightning bolt in the center of the chest.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Limitless Superhuman Speed - Barry's main ability is subconsciously controlling his molecular structure in order to move, think, perceive and act faster than the speed of sound. All others can see of him when he is moving at such speeds is a blur or streak of motion and as such, he can move several feet or even several miles and back in less than a millisecond, making it appear as if he had not moved at all. His speed allows him to run across water or, at higher velocities, into another plain of frequency and through walls. A side effect of his speed is that his movements cause bolts of lightning to surround the area and could short circuit or overload nearby electric technology whenever he moved.
- Superhuman Momentum/Extreme Force Generation - His abilities enhance his momentum and the amount of force he can generate to inhuman levels, allowing him to simulate superhuman strength while moving at super speed and the ability to generate inhuman amounts of force through collision and impact. He demonstrated this by sending a robber flying through the air and sending a Parademon flying through a room and into a wall at bullet-like speed. He is also capable of coming to a full stop despite the extreme force and momentum he generates being more than that of a moving vehicle.
- Superhuman agility - Barry's speed extended to his reaction time, reflexes and since it allows him to also think and perceive at superhuman speed, he is able to determine angles, distance, speed and trajectory of objects with extreme accuracy.
- Enhanced Homeostasis - Barry's body undergoes a preternatural form of natural homeostasis while using his powers, which allows him to surpass and avoid the dangers and natural hindrances of running at high velocities, such as reduced oxygen, extreme temperatures, and impact with resisting forces.
- Superhuman Stamina - Barry's body can sustain using his abilities for extended periods of time due to his enhanced metabolism.No showing of fatigue or tired.
- Accelerated Healing - Barry's advanced molecular structure means that his natural healing process is vastly accelerated much like his running speed, meaning he heals from almost anything within hours or sooner depending on the severity of the wound. Small scratches or bruises will heal within seconds, moderate injuries will take hours. However, catastrophic injuries will not heal.
- Decelerated Aging/Longevity - His accelerated healing is capable of granting him an extended lifespan. His health & vitality are also enhanced as a result.
Equipment[edit | edit source]
- Flash Suit - Barry Allen wears a protective scarlet suit as his superhero alter-ego, the Flash, to hide his identity from his enemies when he fights crime.
- Flash Suit - Barry and Bruce Wayne create this new suit together to help hide his identity while he fights crime.
- Armored Flash Suit - An exoskeleton of armor that sits over the top of Barry's normal Flash suit. This was created in the alternate timeline.
Appearances[edit | edit source]
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (First appearance)
- Suicide Squad
- Suicide Squad (Novel)
- Justice League
- Zack Snyder's Justice League
- The Flash
- Untitled Justice League film
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- In the DC comics, Barry Allen was the second hero to be known as the "Flash". He primarily operated during the so-called "Silver Age" and "Bronze Age" of comics, before sacrificing himself during a crisis to save his universe. In the current Prime Earth continuity, Barry Allen is once again the main Flash, although other characters, like Wally West, have recently returned. Barry is also a founding member of the JLA, Justice League of America.
- This is the 1st live action cinematic debut of The Flash.
- This is the youngest version of the character; Ezra Miller is 23 years old.
- This is Barry Allen's 5th live action appearance:
- 1st: Rod Haase played the character in "Legends of the Superheroes" TV special in 1979.
- 2nd: John Wesley Shipp played the character in "The Flash" TV show running in 1990-1991.
- 3rd: Kenny Johnston played the character in "Justice League of America" pilot in 1997.
- 4th: Grant Gustin plays Earth-One version of the character in the Arrowverse since 2013.
- Barry is right-handed.
- He can play the viola.
- He is a web designer.
- He is fluent in gorilla sign language.
- Barry is a fan of Rick and Morty
- It is implied that Barry could be a fan of Korean Pop, as during his encounter with Bruce Wayne, the song "As If It's Your Last" by BLACKPINK is heard playing in the background. The music video for it can also be sighted in one of the television monitors as well.
- Ezra Miller himself has also expressed gratitude towards BLACKPINK's music.
- Ezra Miller made a cameo appearance as The Flash in The CW’s Crisis on Infinite Earths when he meets Grant Gustin's Barry Allen in the Speed Force.
External Links[edit | edit source]
|Media||The Flash: Flashpoint|
|Characters||Barry Allen/Flash | Iris West | Henry Allen | Nora Allen|
|Miscellaneous||Central City | Central City Police Department | Flash Suit | Speed Force | Barry Allen's Home | Central City College|