Wednesday, January 28, 2015

EDITORIAL: CW's Reverse Flash Explained Updated to Episode 11

EDITORIAL: CW's Reverse Flash Explained Updated to Episode 11


Harrison Wells aka The Reverse Flash
*Disclaimer…this will be long…but informative and will touch on nearly every aspect of the show to prove its point…please read it…and enjoy - Arrowverse*

To begin, I would like you all to do me a favor and pretend like you know nothing of Harrison Wells, if you have a conflicting theory, it may skew your belief to what seems to be quite clearly placed in this analysis. Clearly the Arrow/Flash writers may have some huge twist in store for us fans and Harrison Wells may not be The Reverse Flash, but as a fan of the comics, as well as the series, I will be taking the time to explain my very logical conclusion as to who he is, while also addressing and disproving some theories that I see floating around the web.


Prior to even delving into theories I would like to clarify some things for everyone, as I have seen that many people still don’t understand this. The name “Reverse Flash” is more of an overarching category name; Eobard Thawne was the first Reverse Flash (if you ignore Jay Garrick’s “Rival”) but he also went by the name “Professor Zoom”. Hunter Zolomon, the second Reverse Flash also went by “Zoom” and lastly Daniel West, the Reverse Flash of the New 52 has been the only Reverse Flash to use the former as his codename, and so:

Pre-New 52
Eobard Thawne = Reverse Flash = Professor Zoom (also goes by Zoom in The Flash: Rebirth)
Hunter Zolomon = Reverse Flash = Zoom
Thaddeus Thawne = Technically a Reverse Flash = Inertia 
Edward Clariss = Technically a Reverse Flash = Rival

New 52
Daniel West = Reverse Flash

Most of those names you don’t need to know for this write up, but I figured if I was going to explain, I might as well not cut it short.


The Reverse Flashes in order as named above...
The second I would like to address is a “red herring”. A red herring is used to refer to something that misleads or distracts from the relevant or important issue. It may be either a logical fallacy or a literary device that leads readers or characters towards a false conclusion. A red herring might be intentionally used, such as in mystery fiction or as part of a rhetorical strategy, or it could be inadvertently used during argumentation. 


Not Merlyn the Archer (left) and Misled Deathstroke (right...3rd image)

The final thing I would like to address is the “Wells as Reverse Flash is to obvious”…I see these comments every now and then on forums, comment threads, and Facebook and would like to point something out. To whoever is commenting…YES…Wells is the Reverse Flash “obviously” but given the number of theories regarding his identity…and the number of separate theories surrounding others being Reverse Flash…it isn’t really as obvious as some seem to think…on top of this…was revealing Malcolm Merlyn as The Dark Archer in/prior to the mid-season finale of Arrow (Season 1) when they could have left the speculative screen up (as to whether Tommy was Merlyn the Archer) “to early” or “to obvious” as well? No…nor was it seen as such.

Now, for the TV show…. prior to addressing my own theory, I must also touch on one possibility that doesn’t make sense to me as a fan of the comics, and a fan of pure logic. Clearly adaptations take liberties, but when it comes to “big bads”, both Arrow and the Flash have stayed true to the characters at their core, and because of this I must begin by saying. 

I think seeing Hunter Zolomon on this show is highly unlikely given the circumstances. Zolomon is the Pre-New 52 Wally West's Reverse Flash, and it has been confirmed that the take we will be getting is more of a post New 52 Wally. To boot, in the comics Zolomon has never faced Barry Allen one on one, the only time they have ever crossed paths is on various occasions where Barry and Eobard, travelling time, run across Wally and Zoom, and even in this case the longest these 2 Flash 2 Reverse Flash battles have lasted is 2 issues. Therefore, rather than putting Zolomon to waste, or using him for no reason, the writers took some of his character traits and divided them among two likely candidates, Wells and Eddie, to create a better red herring for the fans. It wouldn’t be the first time they had done this, they used Isabel Roshev’s character but gave her elements of Slade Wilson’s daughter, Ravager, because Ravager was/is unlikely to show up. They also seem to be doing the same for Barry, taking drawing a lot of the comedic elements from Wally West’s time as the Flash. On top of this, Geoff Johns aka DC’s Head Consultant Honcho among other things has said that this show sticks close to general comic book canon. 

So from that I would like to present you with my theory…

My Theory: 

Eddie = Malcolm Thawne aka Cobalt Blue, BUT with some Zolomon traits...rather than being a janitor at the station...he is the top cop...like Zolomon was...among other things

Wells = Eobard Thawne aka Professor Zoom, BUT with some Zolomon traits...being confined to a wheelchair, the time when he snapped his fingers (Zolomon fans will get this)...among other things

Now before you write my theory off as one you have seen before…I bid you to keep reading…as I have done my research, I know the show, and I know the comics

Evidence - Episode Breakdown:

Episode 1 – The Pilot: The second I saw this shows pilot when it leaked in July I felt something fishy about Harrison Wells, and my mind immediately jumped to the fact that he could be the Reverse Flash. It was made quite clear by the end of the pilot that Harrison Wells knew something of the future, as seen by the paper from 2024, and that his paralysis was clearly a sham. Eobard Thawne aka "Barry Allen's Reverse Flash" is from the 25th century. The wheelchair however, seemed to draw elements from Hunter Zolomon or Zoom. In the comics Zoom, in his Zolomon persona is for a time trapped in a wheelchair, and then after gaining his powers keeps the ruse up to throw Wally West (the Flash at that point) off of his scent, but as I mentioned before…I also realized that Zolomon most likely won’t, nor should he appear.

I will touch on the 2024 paper further down in detail.

A paper that showcases TWO Crisis on Infinite Earth easter eggs...this will come up more later :D

Another key element that fans seem to overlook is that Eobard Thawne, in some most appearances is significantly older than Barry, to the end that he even has grey hair. Although he did at one time, before hating him, have his face modified to look like Barry’s, in later appearances and storylines he still looked significantly older. His last unmasked appearance was in The Flash: Rebirth, seen belowWells is also, clearly, significantly older than the characters on the show whom he spends his time with.


Eobard Thawne with his mask off as seen in his most recent appearance in The Flash: Rebirth

The final battle of this episode against Weather Wizard Beta (as in the comic his brother is the true Weather Wizard) also provides evidence that Wells is Eobard Thawne in what he says to motivate Barry. As a final push Wells says “Run!, Barry, Run!”…this could be pure coincidence, but the same phrase is also used in the past when Nora Allen is killed by none other than Eobard Thawne (although Barry is there as the Flash…but that’s a whole different write up). Granted, it was said by Barry’s father…the only people who could have heard him say this were both past and future Barry, Henry, Nora, and the Reverse Flash (who according to Rebirth and Flashpoint in this case IS Eobard Thawne).
"Run Barry Run"
Much like the paper, I will touch on Wells’ motivation to “help” Barry later on…the two tie together and deserve their own section

One thing many fans have used as backing in their (in my opinion) false arguments is a quote from Geoff Johns that they seem to have misunderstood, they claims that because Wells is a new character as proof that Wells isn't Reverse Flash...BUT the actual quote from Johns was... "Harrison Wells is a new character that was created, the name obviously is brand new. I don't think we can say anything else about it," says Johns. " ... the NAME IS NEW...the character is not...John's takes care to rephrase and hint quite clearly that it is the name, not the character that is completely new. Some may have noticed that this name is not uncommon; it is actually a play on the name H.G. Wells, who wrote...wait for it...The Time Machine. This illusion to the author of the Time Machine also implied to me that Wells was a traveler of time, not someone who was from the present but had knowledge of the future.


H.G. Wells: The Time Machine


After the pilot fans saw this happen...this photo (below) was “leaked”, making it seem pretty clear that the chin of the finalized version of Reverse Flash matches that of Tom Cavanugh who has facial features that are very hard to replicate.


His jaw is a very distinct thing, the lines on either side in his face, the length of his lower jaw...

Episode 2 – The Fastest Man Alive: The second episode of the Flash further showcased Wells' "helping" Barry through his trails and tribulations. Although in the pilot he acted as if he didn't want Barry to become the Flash...by the second episode he has done a complete 180, and was pushing Barry to be the Flash. Then BOOM that ending...Harrison Wells killed the first person in his attempt to ensure Barry Allen becomes the Flash. This episode and its predecessor sparked the belief that Wells was characters like... Future Barry Allen, Rip Hunter, Booster Gold, Pariah or Bart Allen, all of these theories and more are touched upon or questioned at the end of this post, so if you are interested read after my theory is concluded. 

Again Wells’ motivations/need to help Barry are touched on later

Episode 3 – Things You Can’t Outrun: The third episode of the Flash contained a few minor hints that Wells is Eobard Thawne in things that he says, such as “I have waited for this day for centuries”, again Eobard Thawne does hail from the 25th century, waiting for centuries does not imply being from the past and waiting for the future, it can also be applied in the opposing direction. Wells also says, “The future will be here faster then you think”, another allusion to the future. “Surprised what you can get used to”, another one of his lines, to me referred to two things, the first being trapped in the past whereas the second is Wells’ adjustment to sitting in a wheelchair despite being 100% mobile. The final scene of this episode, in which we see Wells watching a recording of Barry in his lab prior to the lightning also made it clear that he knew WHO Barry was prior to the accident, and he intentionally created the accident so that Barry would become Flash. In the comics, one thing that Eobard Thawne recognizes, especially prior to Flashpoint, where he attempts to take Barry’s place in history as the Flash is that HE (Thawne) CAN NOT exist unless Barry Allen becomes the Flash. This scene also made it clear that it was not the “future room” that had granted Wells’ his mobility in the first episode, he was simply and is simply faking his need for a wheelchair. 

Note: Thawne DOES exist in the Flashpoint universe where Barry isn’t the Flash, BUT this is due to Barry’s accidental tampering with the time stream NOT Thawne. We also learn that Thawne is a paradox in this case, he technically should NOT exist, but since he was inside of the time stream when it was tampered with, he was unaffected

Episode 4 – Going Rogue: As another time traveler based throwaway reference, the writers choose to give Wells’ the word “foresaw”. It is in this episode that we see the emergence of Wells’ “mad” side, yes, he had killed prior to this, but in a calm and collected manor, in conjugation with this “mad” side of Wells…one might think Wells’ is insane as I did. Of all of the Reverse Flashes Eobard Thawne is known for his mentally “breaking” at a few points in his career and having residual effects of his temporary insanity popping up at various points. There are even points in his career where he forgets his hate for Barry Allen, something that, especially after episode 9 could be a certain character trait of Wells, it is possible not even he knows of his hatred for Barry at this point…and is slowly beginning to remember or have Flashes of said hatred.

Episode 5 – Plastique: This episode established that Wells had been in the present time for at least 10 years, OR that he has an established fake history for 10 years. If this history is real, it could mean that as Eobard, Wells’ went back in time, killed Barry’s mother and then stayed in the present timeline. Wells also uses the phrase “Reversing one’s fortune” another nod to his probable identity. In this episode we also see Wells being extremely manipulative something that Eobard Thawne is known for being in the comics, always attempting to manipulate everyone’s beliefs to fit his own agenda. One thing fans point out as “evidence that Wells is Hunter Zolomon” is his connection to Gorilla Grodd that is established in this episode. In my theory I state that Wells does draw minor influence from Zolomon, since he is unlikely to appear, but Wells is indeed, Eobard Thawne. Zolomon’s connection to Grodd in the comics is that it is Grodd who cripples Wells, we have yet to see HOW Wells’ gets crippled, but we know he is faking…so even they may chose to use Grodd as some form of a ploy in his crippling…HOWEVER, it is not only Zolomon who has connections to Grodd…at one point in history Eobard Thawne is known for making changes to Gorilla City, Grodd’s homeland.

Episode 6 – The Flash is Born: It is in this episode that we learn Wells history, or fake established history dates back 14 years, to when Nora Allen was murdered, and that this is when he moved to town. This episode ends with Reverse Flash destroying the evidence of Nora Allen’s murder and threatening the life of Iris West, all after Wells was accused or being involved. Despite initially wanting to be Barry Allen at first in the comics Eobard Thawne soon made the shift to villain, but even then, for a time he wanted Iris West, so threatening her to many fans seemed “out of character” if this was Eobard, but if we look to more recent comics, we will see that in The Flash: Rebirth, Eobard actually attempts to kill Iris, exactly as the show foreshadowed. 


Eobard ALMOST kills Iris before her first date with Barry
Episode 7 – Power Outage: When I first saw Wells frantically searching his computer program GIDEON to see if the future was unchanged and looking for “all signs of Barry Allen”…I thought that Wells was trying to make sure the Crisis happened. Then I realized that Wells had asked G.I.D.E.O.N. to search for ANY trace at ANY time of Barry/The Flash...and something began to process. Maybe...just maybe the Crisis isn't a huge event Wells is trying to make sure occurs...but that particular paper is his guarantee that Barry Allen existed...his past self (from the future) gets his powers, and then Barry Allen disappears. In taking the DNA from the meta, it showed that Wells wanted want to synthesize a failsafe, or maybe even a neutralizer for Barry. All this "pushing Barry to be faster" may just be to ensure Wells becomes Reverse Flash. As many people may know Eobard Thawne’s original plan was to be "the next Barry Allen"...at points he even went as far as to try to replace him in the comics...gaining speed and then allowing the Flash to lose his speed would serve this purpose as well. It was in this episode that I realized the over analysis people had been placing on the papers significance, something I will touch on later.  Lastly, as a sort of mini-theory within this grand scheme of things, many fans originally believed that Wells’ computer having the name “Gideon” was a reference to Wells’ being a new god…but upon further reading I confirmed my thought, this Gideon is nothing like the new god Gideon, not even “its” gender is the same. Then a thought hit me…Wells’ name is comparable to that of H.G. Wells, writer of the time machine, although up until this point, the acronym simply stood at H.Wells…but the name Gideon seemed to be chosen on purpose…Gideon…had subtly filled the place of the “G” in the acronym. This little mini theory may be completely off basis and not what the writers intended BUT it also has no effect on this overall theory either way. 


Gideon the New God (left) vs. G.I.D.E.O.N Wells' future seeing tech assistant ([voice of] right)
Episode 8 – Flash vs. Arrow: This episode has noticeably less focus on Wells, but concludes with Oliver noting that something is wrong about Wells. Also earlier on we see Wells “deduce” Oliver is The Arrow, although this wouldn’t be a difficult feat, it could just as easily be explained that he used his knowledge of the future to deduce his identiy.


Flash vs. Arrow!
In a recent interview Grant Gustin said two things, "all fan theories are wrong" and that we won't see Reverse Flashes face because he will be using the same face vibration trick that Barry has been using. To touch on the "all fan theories are wrong", many should realize actors are literally paid to do just this...he can't come out and say "I have seen the rumors...some may be true"...because it takes a lot of the mystery off the table.

Episode 9 – The Man in the Yellow Suit: This episode concluded with Wells’ putting the tachyon particle creator on the Reverse Flash suit that is revealed to be in his keeping, we also see that he has a Reverse Flash ring that features clasps, a means that both Barry and Eobard use to store their costumes at points throughout the comic…this episode ends up being interpretable in two ways:

Option 1: Although I wouldn’t mind if they went with the next option…this option can also be read in two ways, the first as if Eobard is using a power he was given in The Flash: Rebirth, his ability to create multiple after-images of himself, the second as read below:

The above theory states that Wells (as Eobard) lost some of his power when he went back to kill Barry’s mother, to the point where he could no longer travel time freely...This is FURTHER confirmed as true in episode 11 "Sound of Fury" but read on to see that

I do have a full scene analysis as to how this is easily possible in the first "EDITORIAL: CW's Reverse Flash Explained" but seeing as Tom Cavanugh confirmed it was him in the suit I cut that piece, to view it click here. 

Below is another theory, but in a recent interview with Tom Cavanugh he confirms that he IS the man in the yellow suit...disproving the option below to some extent. I for one am HAPPY it isn't a time travel secondary Wells' scenario because its could easily become very convoluted and that theory suggests Wells has NO power at his current point in time, which is untrue, nor does he draw all his power from the tachyon device.

Option 2: The Reverse Flash they trap is a past version (from the future…I know it sounds weird) of Eobard Thawne aka Harrison Wells. The disturbance in the force field is the meeting of both a past and present Harrison Wells. The tachyon particles in this case give Wells’ his power back, something this theory says he lost when he travelled back in time to kill Barry’s mother. For a time, in the comic Eobard Thawne DID use an old, recolored Barry Allen suit, and replicated its vibrations to produce his speed.This portion of this secondary theory of mine MAY still be true seeing as we saw Wells' run in the costume BEFORE he had the tachyon device, but only saw him run without it after getting the device. It is quite possible that this is Eobard's shifting from using the costume to his own version of Speed Force, the Negative Speed Force. The issue with this theory is it denies basic time travel laws that nearly ever TV show and movie follow…the meeting of a past and present self would cause a lot more than a little disruption in a force field. On top of that…for a show in its first season it would seem insane to introduce characters from the past and the present, and have them meet. 

Cavanugh's confirmation should also serve as proof he is Eobard because we all saw Eobard not kill Eddie..or as I like to call him Malcolm Thawne.


A young Eobard receives the Flash costume he later dyes and makes his own in ONE of his many "origins"
I did leave the end scene analysis because it further clears things up...

The ending seems to confirm it was Wells/Eobard who stole the tachyon device...for anyone who was still skeptical and that he is the Reverse Flash.... TACHYON particles are more-so associated with time travel…it would make sense that after killing Barry’s mother, Wells lost SOME of his speed and was simply unable to time travel…hence the need for tachyons...we see further proof of this in episode 11.


Reverse Flash ring...where does the costume come from...notice the clasps, a nod to both Eobard's and Barry's suits being stored in a ring

Wells and the suit...
The tachyon machine "charging the suit"

The scene then concludes with Wells' face healing, something that an experienced user of the negative speed force could control the time of... he then looks into the camera and says "Merry Christmas" and the scene concludes

Some fans claim that his face only heals after the tachyon device is placed on to his suit...which would support the first opinion (above)... BUT ... 
A) That is not the purpose of tachyons 
B) The device doesn't actually come into contact with Wells'
C) Watch the scene again...there is not other place where is face could have healed and he could have said "Merry Christmas" that would have carried as much weight

If your confused about point C...just imagine the scene differently...imagine that... Wells' turns to the camera and says "Merry Christmas" and his face begins to heal... the emotion is high and then...he takes 1-2 minutes to put the tachyon device on and THEN the episode ends
Wells' healed face

Episode 10 - Revenge of the Rogues: Much like the crossover this episode served as a return/different episode and so not much mention, in any form was made to the Reverse Flash aside from the fact that Barry is training to .... BE FASTER (See below as to why this is bolded...). Wells' also boasts to Cisco that he "likes the name" when Cisco suggests the "Reverse Flash" as a possible nickname for Barry's opposite. Otherwise, not much hinting to Reverse Flash in this episode.

Episode 11 - The Sound and the Fury: WOW, despite this episode being a Pied Piper based episode, the actual content gave quite a few hints as to the Reverse Flash and how his powers function, all of which, support this theory. Throughout the episode we see Wells' move at his super-speed without the presence of the tachyon device both in his home and at Star Labs.

Red Lightning...
Also note that when Wells' runs he has RED LIGHTNING left behind him, rather than yellow like the Flash. This symbolizes his connection to the NEGATIVE Speed Force, something Barry, nor Bart EVER had....

We should note...he ran just fine without the tachyons before he got them
In the shot above we see Wells' fall to the ground, unable to move or run at super speeds, this would further imply that, as I theorized, he lost some of his speed that day that he traveled back and killed Barry's mother.

Here he is absorbing residual Speed Force energy...to make himself faster....Eobard has done just that as Well
The final scene, as it usually does shows Wells' in his future room charging himself up...which is something new. YES, you could claim that the tachyons are what are allowing him to travel at super speeds in the first place...but think back to episode 9...Cavanugh has confirmed it was him in the yellow suit...and he ran just fine without the tachyon device... again further supporting my theory that the tachyons are merely there to increase and stabilize Wells'/Eobard's speed. It would seem the secondary Speed Force energy is being syphoned as a means to increase and fix Wells' speed as I had deduced before...and to some end to help him travel at speeds that allow for his time travel.

We should also note that Wells' mentions the SPEED FORCE, this alone should take away from the idea that he his Hunter Zolomon seeing as Zolomon has nothing to do with the Speed Force at all.


Linda Park is Being Introduced:
Wait...why is this section here? Is what some of you may be asking yourselves...the answer to that is quite simple...Linda Park's introduction to the world of BARRY ALLEN as the Flash...

For those who don't know she is typically Wally West's (the 2nd Flash in the old continuities) wife

represents a merging of mythos' and further confirms that we will most likely see a post New 52 Wally on this show. Some of you may claim this as grounds to introduce the viewers to both Eobard and Hunter as two separate characters, but I again must say that is VERY VERY confusing to those who have never read a comic... yes... it could easily be explained over the course of a few seasons...but having the multiple Reverse Flashes as season villains becomes slightly repetitive if that is the case. The way I see it, no Linda won't become Barry's wife...probably a short term love interest, but this also confirms that Hunter Zolomon's traits and Eobard Thawne's traits may just as Well be merged into one character for this show as I theorize. On top of this, it gives them grounds to expand one Reverse Flash's actions to a much greater level. They could easily modify Hunter Zolomon's only true "big" story arc, where he kills Linda Park, for the show and make Wells/Eobard (with Hunter's traits) simply kill Linda Park, successfully writing her out.


The 2024 Paper:
Up until now people have been looking at this paper as a sign of what is to come…Crisis on Infinite Earths, and while I don’t deny that is what the paper literally suggests I believe this is where many people have gone wrong in their analysis. To pull of Crisis on Infinite Earths you would need a lot more than what we have now, plus there are some huge key players missing…I am not saying that they couldn’t introduce the characters between now and 2024…but it is unlikely there are…again…a lot…and they have already alluded to another BIG and much more feasible (without the change in reality) storyline, FlashpointNow…What is the 2024 paper then?...What purpose does it serve?... In the comics Eobard Thawne’s initial motivation to be his time’s version of the Flash, and his reasoning for loving the Flash stemmed from a book he had, The Life Story of the Flash, this is a detail long forgotten by many comic fans, and could easily be what this paper represents. Despite being born in the 25th century, and the paper being from 2024…this paper would (as it suggests Barry Allen’s death prior to Flash: Rebirth) serve as the apt time for Barry to become a legend…and if this is what allowed Barry to become a legend, then it could easily be what inspired a young, solemn, secluded Eobard Thawne to love the Flash. This would explain his reasoning and NEED to have this paper cover return in the episode Power Outage, because had it not been for this paper, or its cover more specifically, the Flash would have not become the legend he was in the 25th century. 

or

a secondary explanation is that it simply serves as a marker, that Barry Allen has reached that point in time and that he is able to travel that fast, and therefore, since he has travelled to that speed and to that point, the NEGATIVE Speed Force, that Eobard draws his speed from is successfully created. 


The unravelling of Eobard's time as Barry Allen...and The Life Story of the Flash

Wells’ Motivations:
In terms of motivations I continue to see people cite this quote as proof that he is Hunter Zolomon because according to them Wells’ is trying to make Barry a better hero:
My name is Hunter Zolomon. Despite what the public believes, I am 
the fastest man alive. I am Zoom. But I am not a RogueFar from it. I
 have taken the name and colors from Eobard Thawne -- the time traveler
 know as Professor Zoom -- in order to terrorize my friend. Wally West
The Flash. I suffered through tragedy. I lost my family to it. I understand
 the depths it will drag one down to. And only by surviving it does one
 become stronger. I will recreate myself to help my friend and in turn –
 the world. I will do anything to make the Flash a better hero.”

The constant citation of this quote as “proof he is Zolomon” makes me question if people are actually watching the show. Not only is this not what Wells does on the show… but in the comics, Zolomon subjects Wally to painful experiences to make the goal above become true…on the show, Wells/Eobard does something completely different…every “goal” he has set for Barry has been speed based…because if Barry doesn’t reach his top speeds, then the occurrence that inspired a young Eobard Thawne (Wells) to become what he is…would never occur. Wells’ himself says it… his goal is to “keep the man in the red mask SAFE”… he isn’t trying to improve him in any way…nor does he subject him to any tests that help him grow. Eobard began loving Barry Allen when he was initially introduced…but as time passed he did grow to hate him due to his insanity and the belief (for a time) that he was Barry Allen…as time passed (in the real world) and he was reintroduced in The Flash: Rebirth his feelings seemed to be similar…he disliked Barry Allen BUT he recognized he wouldn’t be who he was without him…and to some end acknowledged and lives/lived with that fact. Also...the fact that Barry's speed force is needed to reach a specific point in order for Wells to have his speed force created (negative and positive), serves as reasoning for Wells not pushing Barry as a hero...but as he is constantly saying "to be faster".


This photo should do a bulk of the explanation for you...
I will be updating this with minor facts that I left out accidentally here and there as time goes on, but in closing I would like to restate my theory that the facts seem to support:

Eddie = Malcolm Thawne aka Cobalt Blue, BUT with some Zolomon traits...rather than being a janitor at the station...he is the top cop...like Zolomon was...among other things

Wells = Eobard Thawne aka Professor Zoom, BUT with some Zolomon traits...being confined to a wheelchair, the time when he snapped his fingers (Zolomon fans will get this)...among other things

Also…if your wondering why I think The Flash: Rebirth is a heavy influence (or carries some weight) this photo…a screenshot from a VERY RECENT holiday video shot in Tom Cavanaugh’s trailer should give you a hint:

If you haven't seen the video by the way...it's hilarious
This is the end…unless you would like to read why other theories on who Wells is don’t seem to make much sense…If you enjoyed this write up…and want me to do a similar one on Eddie Thawne *cough* Malcolm Thawne *cough* just comment below that you would be interested…it’s something I would love to/most likely will do




Hunter Zolomon: To some end I have stated this above. But essentially it boils down to the fact that Zolomon has no business being on the show…especially not this early… There have been times where Eobard and Zolomon have teamed up to combat Pre-New 52 Wally, who again won’t be showing up, BUT there has never been a time where Zolomon alone or Zolomon with Eobard has taken on Barry Allen alone (as a short or long storyline). On top of this my theory speaks to the capacity at which he should/and seems to be being used already. 

It should also be noted that Hunter Zolomon has nothing to do with the Speed Force, nor does he have anything to do with being from the future....two of Wells' key aspects. Zolomon is not only from the present day, but he also displaces time to make it look like he is moving fast, he doesn't tap into any Speed Force energies positive or negative. 


Future Barry Allen:


Barry Allen meets his tainted future self in the New 52
Evidence For:
In terms of "evidence for" this, all I can seem to chalk up is this, that Tom Cavanugh resembles Grant Gustin but older, ala the dark brown/black hair, as well as the following. We've recently seen a brutal, alternate-future Barry Allen in the comics (see above); tying into the "five years later" events of The New 52: Futures End, this version of Barry is OK with killing as is Wells. 



Oh wow...dark hair and white skin...must be the same person....feels like the "Diggle should be John Stewart" thing all over again

Evidence Against:
Many people seem to think, for some strange reason that his knowledge of the future suggests that Harrison Wells is actually the "missing Barry" spoken of in the newspaper. This thought is easily disproven by even the little evidence we are given; the newspaper contains a photo. The photo below the heading of said newspaper features not only a new Flash suit, but CLEARLY features Gustin's face in that suit. IF the writers were to employ this crazy Harrison Wells is future Barry twist then why make it clear that it is Gustin running around as the Flash in the year 2024? Why not simply include a photo of the Flash running, with a blurred face, or no photo at all. The evidence to support this claim simply doesn't exist. ... although it could be contested that Barry was sent to the past, and then aged into himself (Wells now) BUT ... he clearly has contact with the future, we see this in episode 7 with his "future assistant" G.I.D.E.O.N.  so if he WAS Barry "stuck" in the past, why not ummm...contact the future?...go home?...its not like he is stuck. Even more disproof comes from something a fan pointed out to me…since when has anyone seen a movie…where a time displaced version of someone came into contact with an older version of themselves and not recognized who it is (see the same photo above if you are confused)…clearly Barry is like “wait…your me?”…



The newspaper photo from 2024
The claim above also goes hand and hand with the fact that future Barry "disappears" and could have been taken into the past and aged to Well's point (as I said previously), aside from the obvious fact that having future Barry doesn't help perpetuate the show, the disappearance of Flash in the lightning bolt is a clear homage to Crisis on Infinite Earths. As some may know there are things in CBM shows that simply CANNOT be changed as they hold so much comic significance, The Flash's "iconic" "death" in Crisis on Infinite Earths is one of them. To read more into the the easter eggs pertaining Crisis on Infinite Earth's click here and read "Harder to Find Easter Eggs" #1 and #2.

Some of the Questions Raised:
-Why the Reverse Flash costume?
-Why the semi-killing spree?...Why kill random characters but not Rogues as he does in the comics?
-Many more…

To some end, the lack of evidence for should also support the evidence against…

Bart Allen:



Bart Allen as Impulse on Young Justice
Evidence For:
Being quite honest the only support I can seem to find for this theory is that Wells is from the future and he has ties to Barry.

Evidence Against:
Some fans go as far as to say Harrison Wells is a grown version of Bart Allen that comes back into the past to "help" his grandfather. This response will definitely contain some opinion as I see this thought as confusing and rather un-needed. Smallville already ruined Bart Allen, and many have displayed their dismay for this, that, coupled with the fact that the writers/producers have said this show sticks pretty close to source material. 



Arguably they HAVE tried to fix him in Smallville Season 11 (the photo on the right)...but still...
Bart Allen is Barry's young, brash, fun loving grandson who comes back from the future and, after starting as Impulse, eventually takes up the mantle of Kid Flash. None of the essential traits are even remotely possible, nor do they seem like they will become apparent as time goes on. On top of this, the New 52 shows us that although not The Flash's sidekick, Bart Allen is actually the first Kid Flash, so who knows? It is more likely that he will be the first Kid Flash, then that he is Wells, although some may contest this point and claim there are "two different versions". The killing featured at the end of the end of the second episode would be extremely out of place even for a seriously disturbed Bart.


Evolution of Bart Allen, although after being the Flash he did return as Kid Flash prior to the reboot

Some of the Questions Raised:
-Feel like this one is pretty self explanatory
-Many more…

To some end, the lack of evidence for should also support the evidence against…

Jay Garrick:

Jay Garrick, the real first Flash

Evidence For:
Much like Wells, Garrick was a scientist in the comics. Not only is he a scientist, but he is a particle physicist

Evidence Against:
The lack of support stands for a counter argument as well as this easter egg (below) from episode S01E06 which seems to prove Jay Garrick, who may not show up, does exist to some end in this universe.


Keystone's History: Garrick's Wharf

Some of the Questions Raised:
-Self explanatory…

To some end, the lack of evidence for should also support the evidence against…


If you made it this far…I applaud you…if I missed anything ANYWHERE…just leave it in the comments below and I will add it accordingly…

Again if you want a similar write up on Eddie…just leave that comment below as Well(s)


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