The Flash is one of DC’s longest-running (pun intentional) characters, hitting magazine racks for the first time in 1940. Now, more than 75 years later, The Flash has made his big screen debut in Warner Bros.' Justice League. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed by the amount of comic book lore that exists around the Crimson Comet, don’t worry: we’ve got the rundown (sorry, pun again) on the essential The Flash facts.
1. He's unfortunately got a lot in common with Batman.
Following the tragic murder of his mother as a young child, Barry grew up to be a forensic scientist for the Central City Police Department in order to fight crime.
2. He's a Super Hero by freak accident.
A freak lightning-bolt-and-chemicals accident gave him his superpowers, allowing him to fight crime in a new way. His experience working with the law, matched with his newfound powers make him a threat to anyone who gets in the way of the Justice League.
3. But he's more than just super fast.
The Flash is able to operate at nearly light speed. Super speed allows Barry to cover city blocks in seconds, and it also greatly increases the speed of his reflexes. This allows him to dodge attacks, save bystanders, and pluck Batarangs from mid-air with ease.
But there are some lesser-known uses of Flash's powers as well. In the comics, Barry is able to vibrate his body so quickly that its molecules are able to phase through solid objects. He’s able to create and control mini-vortexes that surround him and enable him to fly.
4. He's got an ongoing friendly competition with the Man of Steel.
Don’t ask him if he can beat Superman in a race. You'll end up in a decades-long argument between them.
5. He's being played in Justice League by Ezra Miller.
Ezra Miller is most known for Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them and The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and less known for his Opera skills. That's right - he's a trained Opera singer. Serenade, anyone? Learn more about how Ezra found out about being cast as the Flash here.
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