How did The Flash get his powers?

The Flash is known as the fastest man alive. DC’s superhero speedster has the ability to tap into the Speed Force allowing him to move at incredible speeds. He is also a founding member of The Justice League alongside the likes of Batman and Superman. However, there is more than one answer to the question of how did The Flash get his powers. Let us explain.

How The Flash got his powers

There has been four iterations of The Flash since the character was first introduced to DC Comics in Flash Comics #1 in 1940. These four are:

Jay Garrick

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The first Flash was Jay Garrick. Garrick got his powers by inhaling radioactive chemicals granting him his speedster abilities.

Barry Allen

Barry Allen was the second Flash. This is the same character currently played by Ezra Miller in the DC Extended Universe. This Flash got his powers when he was struck by a bolt of lightning while working in a lab in Central City. Barry was holding some unknown chemicals at the time which then spilled on him. After he regained consciousness, he had the power of super speed.

Wally West

The third Flash was Wally West. He was the nephew of Barry Allen’s wife, Iris West. This version of The Flash got his powers in a virtually identical manner to Barry Allen – struck by lightning.

Bart Allen

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The fourth iteration of The Flash was Bart Allen. Bart was the grandson of Barry Allen from the 30th Century. He got his speedster powers by inheriting them from his bloodline. His father is one half of the Tornado Twins, Don Allen. His Mother is Meloni Thawne, a descendant of Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse Flash, who was actually a descendant of Barry’s Twij brother, Malcolm Thawne (Cobalt Blue).

The Flash, which stars Ezra Miller as the titular character is scheduled for release on June 23rd, 2023.

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