The Flash was created by DC Comics, and the character made his first appearance into the world in 1940. Flash is a crime scene scientist who moonlights as a superhero, and he is known for his special powers which include super speed, intangibility and superhuman agility. He can run faster than the speed of light and he can climb walls very easily. As his story line has unfolded, fans have learned that Flash lives in Central City where he fights villains like The Fiddler, The Thinker, Captain Cold, Gorilla Grodd, Brother Grimm, Kid Zoom and Trickster. Flash has two aliases, one of which is Scarlet Speedster, named after his color and his super powers. As his name may indicate, Flash is also known as “The Fastest Man Alive.” Flash is the fastest superhero of all time, faster than Superman, because he can run so quickly that he is traveling at the speed of light, similar to the flash of a camera. Traveling at the speed of light has a lot of implications for Flash, and he can run through walls, run up buildings and punch a super speeds. But, with great power comes great responsibility, and Flash still finds himself lost and distracted despite being able to think as fast as the speed of light.Here are the top 10 reasons Flash is the fastest superhero and therefore most powerful superhero of all time:
10. There’s More than One Version of the Flash
Flash has been created and reincarnated through several characters throughout his existence in DC Comics. The original Flash was called Jay Garrick. Jay got his powers after he fell asleep in his science lab and inhaled water vapors. He only used his powers to become a football player, but later he began to use his powers to fight crime and do good.
The second Flash was called Barry Allen. Barry was the fastest version of the Flash character. Barry got his powers when his lab was struck by lightning, and he was covered in chemicals as a result. Barry Allen was different than Jay Garrick because Barry was not a fast person- he was slow and often tardy to important events. When he gained his powers, he gained super-speed which instilled a lot of irony into his life.
Wally West, the third incarnation of Flash, received his powers when he was only ten years old. Wally West was the nephew of Barry Allen. Wally must have spilled a similar kind of chemical on himself because he also gained a super-speed power. He was so young that he was dubbed Kid Flash, but later in life he took over his Uncle Barry’s role as a fully fledged Flash.
Bart Allen is the most recent character to take on the role of Flash. Bart is the grandson of Barry Allen, and he was actually born with super-speed and the ability to age quickly. Bart looked like he was twelve years old when he was only two years old, in fact! It took a while for Bart to get his powers under control because he was so young. He was first called Impulse and later he took over his uncle’s role of Kid Flash. When he grew up he finally became the real Flash, and the fourth incarnation of the character.
9. He Can Think and Read as Fast as He Can Run
One of Flash’s best powers is that other people can’t get into his mind, but this is more like a side effect of how fast Flash is. Because Flash can run at the speed of light, it would be quite silly if he can’t think as fast as he runs. It might also be quite dangerous. Flash’s ability to avoid being manipulated makes him more impervious to villains than other superheroes, such as Superman. Flash can think so fast, in fact, that his mind isn’t easily taken over and villains struggle to practice telepathy on him. If Flash is traveling at the speed of light, he needs to be able to think as fast as he is moving so that he can avoid obstacles and make sure he is going the right way. If Flash is involved in high speed chases, he needs to be able to literally think on his feet so that he does not make a critical mistake and find himself in an awkward situation with one of the villains who are perpetually chasing after him.
Scientists are currently considering ways that real people can travel faster than the speed of light. One of them considers trying to harness dark matter into creating a space-time bubble that would surround a spacecraft and allow it to go into a “warp drive.” However, this approach would not actually let the spacecraft travel faster than the speed of light, instead, it would be a loophole. This loophole would not violate Einstein’s theories, and it is hard to judge whether traveling faster than the speed of light in any conceivable way would be actually traveling faster than the speed of light at all.
8. He Can Move so Fast That He Can Travel in Time
If Flash can move as fast or faster than the speed of light, this lets him travel in time. In the stories, he finds that traveling through time by running fast is problematic because he can’t always control where he goes and how long he stays there. If Flash were a real person who could move faster than the speed of light, than he technically would be able to travel through time. The theories of relativity developed by Albert Einstein say that the faster a particle moves the more mass it gains and the slower time moves around it. Einstein’s theory also says that nothing can travel faster than the speed of light so in the real world it would be completely impossible for Flash to move faster than the speed of light. But, in the comic book world, the science checks out.
There are certain particles called neutrinos that exist in our universe that may actually be able to defy Einstein’s law and travel faster than the speed of light. Scientists hope that neutrinos would then be able to travel through time and the basic idea would be that these particles could be sent back in time. This discovery has caused scientists all over the world to wonder what the world would be like if ordinary people, not just superheroes, could travel backwards in time. This discovery was made at CERN, in Switzerland, and the results of the experiment have not yet been accepted or replicated. Modern physics has accepted Einstein’s conditions within his theories of relativity as a basis from which to proceed in physics, and if there are exceptions to the theory of relativity it will have a major impact on the way physics is done now and has been done in the past.
7. Flash Has a Time Travel Treadmill
Barry Allen, as Flash, accidentally traveled to the distant past, and he wanted to experiment in a more controlled form of time travel. To do this, he invented a treadmill that was powered by cosmic rays. When Flash reaches top speed on the treadmill, he can move either backward or forward in time. The treadmill works in a way that as long as he is running at top speed he can stay in the period of time he has traveled to. When he begins to slow down, he can return to his own time. Flash set the treadmill up so that a certain speed would take him to a particular era in time, and so that the treadmill would produce vibrations that he needed to get to that exact period in time. Wally West, as Flash, only rarely used the treadmill because he was not fond of time travel, and he had a lower speed than Barry Allen. One Flash attempted to turn the treadmill into an actual time machine, but it went back to being a time travel treadmill shortly after this. There were some problems with the treadmill when other characters would break into the Flash Museum and use it to travel into the past. The treadmill also let Flash travel to parallel universes, and using the treadmill was more accurate and reliable than trying to travel using his own vibrations.
Traveling to parallel universes has always been on the fringes of science, but science also has a lot of loopholes. One physicist believes that when the world ends in a “big freeze,” mankind may be able to do as Flash does and slip into an alternate or parallel universe. There are also theories that state that there may universes right next to our universe but whether or not we could slip into them is usually not given much credit.
6 – If Flash Challenged Superman to a Race, He Would Win
In Superman #199, the United Nations challenged Flash and Superman to a race, and the profits of the race would benefit charitable organizations. Since Superman was forced to run and not fly, Flash would be able to move through objects while Superman was forced to run over them, which would take a lot more time. Flash is powered by a magical Speed Force, and Superman is enhanced by the sun. Without a magical force, Superman is forced to obey the basic laws of physics, and friction would certainly take a toll on Superman. DC Comics writers have always stopped the race just before it was finished, but fans can be confident that if it was a foot race, Flash would have lapped Superman. Faster than a speeding bullet is no match for faster than the speed of light.