Bartholomew Henry "Barry" Allen is a student at Central City University who was struck by lightning, gaining the ability to think and move at incredible superhuman speeds. Using these powers, he became the vigilante hero known as the Flash. He was eventually discovered by Lex Luthor and recruited by Bruce Wayne to be a member of the Justice League in order to help defend Earth after the death of Superman.
Following his recruitment to the team, Flash played a pivotal role in the resurrection of Superman. With the team now fully assembled, Flash contributed to the successful assault against the forces of General Steppenwolf of Apokolips, forcing the alien to retreat. Afterward, Barry was hired for a position at the Central City Police Department's crime lab.
Assassination of Nora Allen
In 2001, when Barry was 9 years old, Nora Allen was killed at home, and his father, Henry, was sent to Iron Heights Penitentiary for her murder. While Barry always claimed that his father didn't kill his mother, nobody believed him. Fueled by his determination to prove his father's innocence, Barry began studying forensic science in hopes of one day clearing his father's name.
The Red Streak
One night, Allen was struck by a bolt of lightning, which gave him the power to move, think and act at inhuman speeds, as well as the ability to vibrate his body on a microscopic level.
Monitored by Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor, in his search for Metahumans, discovered Barry while compiling surveillance evidence of the speedster's activities. The security camera of a pharmacy showed Barry stopping a mugger holding a cashier at gunpoint. With his super speed, Barry raced over to the counter and knocked the mugger out as his lightning trail caused the lights to momentarily flicker.
Meeting Captain Boomerang
When Captain Boomerang attempted to rob the Central City Diamond Exchange, the Flash appeared as Boomerang knocked out his partner to take the fall, stating there was "no honor among thieves" before launching Boomerang against a nearby wall, leaving him for the police to arrest.
Amanda Waller's Files
After Task Force X successfully defeated the terrorist attack of Enchantress and Incubus in Midway City, Amanda Waller met with Bruce Wayne, asking him to use his connections to divert the rumors following the calamitous events, and in exchange she gave Bruce her files on multiple notable Metahumans, including Barry, June Moone, Arthur Curry, and Victor Stone.
Visiting Henry Allen
- "You can be whatever you want to be. You're brilliant, man. Absolute best of the best. I can't sit here and watch you run in place in Central City for some old dude who is not going anywhere."
- ―Henry Allen convincing Barry to not visit him in prison anymore[src]
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
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 personal 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, an 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 is able to recover quick 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.
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
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 asked Cyborg if it's a bad time to bring his own blood sugar up because he is hungry for something, which the Atlantean walked away from Cyborg in anger.
"Oh, it's on!"
- ―Superman and Flash[src]
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
Finding a Job
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.
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, 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.
Meeting Barry Allen of Earth-1
- "Uh... hello? What the hell is this?"
"I'm asking myself the same question... literally."
- ―Barry and the other Barry from Earth-1
The Flash traveled back from a possible future to the Batcave, appearing in a vortex of bright blue Speed Force energy, warning Batman of the dangers that the future might hold, regarding Superman becoming the ruthless totalitarian dictator of Earth (commanding both Regime Stormtroopers and Parademons), that Batman had always been right about and should fear "him", which could only be avoided if "she" was saved from death, and that Lois Lane is "the key". A nightmarish vision accompanies this message, showing the final days of the Insurgency's war with the Regime, resulting in it's crushing defeat and that future's Batman's death. Present-day Batman quickly wakes up shortly thereafter, and whether or not this was a dream remains unknown, but Batman himself appears not to think so, hence, following Superman's death, he finally heeds the Flash's request, which leads to him and his new ally Wonder Woman tracking down the metahumans on Lex Luthor's files, and forming the Justice League with them.
Barry Allen is a remarkably intelligent and determined individual, becoming a highly skilled forensic scientist in an effort to prove the innocence of his imprisoned father Henry Allen in the death of his mother Nora Allen. As the Flash, Barry is determined to keep his secret identity a secret from others, demonstrated by the many excuses he came up with when confronted by Bruce Wayne, despite none of them being convincing enough to fool the latter. When finally exposed by Bruce, Barry was quick to agree to join the Justice League, due to his great desire to gain friends he could relate to.
However, despite his incredible powers and happy personality, Barry initially remained insecure and unsure of himself, since all of his League teammates seemed prepared to do battle against Steppenwolf's army, while Flash, as he modestly admits, has never been in an actual battle before, since up until then, he would just ambush villains like Captain Boomerang and run away. In addition to this, Flash had a penchant for drifting around and is plagued by multiple social disorders. However, following the battle against the Apokoliptian forces, Barry developed a stronger sense of confidence, as seen when he didn't hesitate to face the disoriented Superman after his resurrection, despite being visibly terrified.
Despite his tragic childhood, Barry is quite laid-back, witty, bubbly, somewhat childish and humorous, in stark contrast to the very calm, mature, dark and serious Batman, as well as most of the Justice League. Regardless of these differences though, Flash idolizes Batman, promptly expressing a desire to keep a Batarang, and gushing about seeing the Bat-Signal. Flash seems to idolize and admire Superman just as much, however, as the Man of Steel's heroic death is what inspired Barry to also more openly use his own metahuman powers and come out into the light as the Flash.
Barry's humorous attitude, however, initially annoys his fellow Justice Leaguers; Batman and Aquaman in particular, as well as Cyborg, and even the considerate Wonder Woman, though she still treats him with compassion.
Barry was nonetheless able to strike up friendships with most of them: bonding with Victor Stone over their similar accidents and insecurities, looking up to Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince as mentors, and developing a friendly rivalry with Superman, even challenging him to a race to the Pacific coast to see which one of them was truly faster. Barry can also be extremely serious on occasion, notably during his regular visits to his imprisoned father, Henry Allen.
Due to his accelerated experience, Barry has developed an impatient temperament, with him notably voicing a dislike for brunch as a result.
Powers and Abilities
Speed Force Conduit: Barry Allen, after being struck by lightning and doused in nearby chemicals, gained a metahuman connection to the Speed Force, an extra-dimensional energy field, granting him many speed-based abilities.
- Superhuman Speed: Allen is capable of moving at tremendous hypersonic speeds, an ability so powerful that his movements are invisible to the naked eye. Allen notably ran from a fridge to knock out a mugger and returned before the milk bottle he was holding could fall. Later, he was able to draw on a man's face when visiting his father at Blackgate Penitentiary too fast for him to notice. When the Justice League attempted to restrain Superman following his revival, Flash was able to evade the majority of the Kryptonian's attacks, only being hit due to stumbling. The intensity of his speed allows the Flash to deliver superhumanly strong attacks, as well as to run along vertical surfaces, across the surface of the water, through solid matter, into other planes of frequency, and even through time.
- Accelerated Healing Factor: Barry's speed extends to him on a biological level, and thus, his metabolism functions faster than most humans, allowing him to heal any injuries within a short time-frame. Hence, Barry required only a few minutes to heal from getting shot in the leg by a Parademon plasma bolt. However, because of his accelerated metabolism, he burns calories at an accelerated rate, keeping his body slim and fit, requiring Barry to intake a high amount of calories in order to function normally. Due to this, Barry describes himself as a "snack hole": a black hole of snacks.
- Superhuman Reflexes: Barry possesses reflexes far greater than a normal human being. This allows him to easily react to danger and events, and perceive the world in slow motion. Fortunately for Barry's sanity, he is able to relax this ability to enable him to interact with and tolerate the real world. Barry was able to easily dodge a batarang thrown at him by Bruce Wayne, with it appearing to be moving at him in slow motion (at least 62 times slower than reality), and Bruce himself frozen in place from Barry's perspective. While in this state, he is also able to outpace the speed of other forces like gravity, allowing him to move faster than an object can be affected by gravity and begin falling. His reflexes are faster than normal people can even perceive. However, Superman is shown to be capable of moving at a similar speed, able to match Flash himself on one occasion, to the point where a friendly wager was made between the two in a contest to see who was truly faster.
- Extreme Force Generation: While moving at an accelerated speed, Flash generates superhuman levels of momentum, which allow him to enhance the force behind his attacks, impacts, and collisions, often propelling people and objects several feet, that he uses to compensate for his average strength. Hence, Flash was able to easily mow down an entire squad of Parademons by colliding with them at immense speed, defeat Captain Boomerang in the same swift manner, and even to send a mugger flying with a single push. When tasked with saving the civilians during the Battle for Earth, Barry was able to push an entire pickup truck several miles away while running.
- Momentum Negation: Flash also has the ability to come to a full stop despite the extreme inertia of his movements, allowing him to further the illusion of having not moved at all if he moves at super-speed and returns to his previous location he before anyone can notice it.
- Superhuman Stamina: Barry's body can handle the stress of moving at superhuman speeds for extended periods of time without getting tired or weak, so long as he's not running on an empty stomach.
- Superhuman Agility: Barry's agility, balance, and bodily coordination are enhanced to superhuman levels, allowing him to navigate while moving at superhuman speed. Thus, Flash managed to dodge most of the attacks from Steppenwolf and Superman. This coordination, however, isn't an intuitive trait, as Barry is still slightly clumsy.
- Intangibility: Theoretically, Flash can phase himself through solid objects by vibrating at super speed.
- Interdimensional Travel: Flash's incredible speed enables him to travel into other planes of frequency, where other realities are located.
- Time Travel: Flash can run fast enough to break through the fabric of the space-time continuum, enabling him to travel back in time to monitor or alter past events. With the help of Cyborg's calculations, the Flash from an alternate future traveled back to warn Bruce Wayne of the potential danger Superman poses, showing Bruce a vision of the future.
- Electricity Generation: While moving at incredible speeds, Barry generates bolts of electricity which can cause nearby technology to short-circuit or overload. He was able to charge himself enough to charge a Mother Box with enough energy to jumpstart Scout Ship 0344's Genesis Chamber. According to Amanda Waller's files, Flash can also charge the air vortexes that he generates with electricity, thereby further increasing their offensive capabilities. He is also capable of using this ability for smaller tasks, such as lighting a firecracker by snapping his fingers.
- Gifted Intelligence: Barry Allen is an exceptionally intelligent science enthusiast, with aptitudes in physics, forensics, and engineering. Notably, Barry was capable of designing and building his Flash suit from anti-friction material employed by NASA, impressing even Batman with the sophistication. Since his childhood, Barry has been devoted to dedicating himself to studying forensic science in order to prove his father's innocence in the murder of his mother.
- Expert Engineer: Barry Allen possesses an intimate understanding of quantum mechanics, mechanical engineering, and electronics, allowing him to construct the sophisticated Flash suit using materials that, in addition to holding up against immense levels of heat and friction, ground the excess currents of energy he experiences while moving at tremendous speeds.
- Musician: Barry claims he's capable of playing the viola.
- Bilingualism: Barry speaks his native English, and also claims to be fluent in American Sign Language.
- Flash suit: Barry Allen wears a protective scarlet suit with high tensile wires holding the various pieces together, emblazoned with a golden lightning bolt design on the chest, like his superhero alter-ego the Flash. The suit is composed of specific materials, with Bruce Wayne noting that it is constructed from the same silica-based quartz fabric employed by NASA to protect spaceships during re-entry. The suit is worn by Barry to protect him from the immense friction encountered when he runs, as well as being overall resistant to extreme temperatures.
- Knightmare Flash Suit: In an alternate future where Superman becomes a tyrant of Earth, Barry wears a more mechanical version of the suit designed by Bruce Wayne. This suit is more heavily armored and streamlined, while also having a retractable face shield that allows Barry to smash through obstacles without sustaining damage.
- In DC Comics, Bartholomew Henry Allen was a forensic scientist who was struck by a lightning bolt and fell into a coma. When he awoke, he could think and move at incredible speeds. After deciding to use his powers to become a hero, he created a red suit and became The Flash.
- Barry is the first person in the DC Extended Universe to coin the terms "Speed Force" and "Batcave".
- Barry is usually portrayed as a blond with blue eyes, but the DCEU version is black-haired with brown eyes.
- Barry is stated to still be a college student when he joins the Justice League, making the Flash one of the youngest members along with Cyborg.
- The only people who know Barry's identity as the Flash, other than the members of the Justice League, are Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth.
- Barry is Jewish, which he mentions when he describes a picture of himself to Bruce Wayne.
- Coincidentally, his actor, Ezra Miller, is also Jewish.
- Barry is right-handed, and, supposedly, can play the viola and is fluent in Sign Language.
- Barry also mentioned a fluency in "Gorilla Sign Language", a reference to the Flash telepathic villain Gorilla Grodd.
- Barry is a fan of Rick and Morty.
- It is implied that Barry could be a fan of Korean Pop, as the song "As If It's Your Last" by BLACKPINK is playing on one of the computer monitors in his flat.
- Barry claims to have a number of phobias including drowning, bugs, guns, "obnoxiously tall people", and murder.
- In Zack Snyder's version of Justice League, one of the names Barry comes up with as his superhero alter-ego is Lightning Lad. In DC Comics, Lightning Lad is the name of a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes, an organization of young heroes from the 30th Century.
- The Flash makes a cameo appearance in the hand-drawn "imaginary" adventures in the credits of Shazam!, racing against Darla Dudley in her superhero form.
Behind the Scenes
- This is the third live-action portrayal of Barry Allen, following John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin, respectively.
- Before Ezra Miller was cast as Flash, Bradley Cooper, Chris Pine, Ryan Kwanten, Matthew Fox and Scott Porter were in early talks for the role of Flash.
- This is the first big screen incarnation of the Flash.
- Adam Brody would have played the Flash in the cancelled Justice League: Mortal.
- This version of the Flash makes a cameo appearance in the CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths event, marking the first time the Arrowverse and the DCEU interacted.
- This indicates that the Speed Force exists outside of and can access both universes.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 DC Films Presents: The Dawn of the Justice League
- ↑ 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 Justice League
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Suicide Squad
- ↑ Mercedes-Benz Presents: Justice League - Fast Food
- ↑ Crisis on Infinite Earths: Part Four
- ↑ The Flash Plays "Annoying" Comic Relief in 'Justice League'
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Zack Snyder Confirms Fan Speculation: Batman Designed Flash's Knightmare Costume in 'Batman v Superman'
- ↑ Flash & Cyborg Technology - "Justice League" Featurette