Who killed Barry Allen’s mother in The Flash? Check out reverse flash.

Modern time travel films will naturally leave audiences with questions, no matter how hard they try to keep the story clear. This may be the case with the flash moreover, given his complex view of the multiverse on time travel. But there’s one big question the movie just doesn’t want to answer.

WHO In fact killed Barry Allen’s mother?

The film has vague answers. The comics have deeper answers.

[Ed. note: This piece contains spoilers for The Flash, the movie.]

Barry Allen watches his father get arrested for murdering his mother in The Flash: Rebirth.

Image: Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver/DC Comics

If you saw the flashthe DC movie that’s one of the latest entries in the Snyderverse continuity – or if you’ve seen the flash, the TV show on the CW – then you know. Barry Allen’s emotional origin story is that when he was a child, his mother was murdered and his father was convicted of the crime. Barry was inspired to become a forensic analyst in part to uncover evidence to overturn his father’s conviction.

The events of the flash the film, as well as the comic book crossover event Breaking pointare triggered when Barry pushes the limits of his speed powers to travel back in time and attempt to completely prevent his mother’s murder.

So who killed Barry Allen’s mother?

Barry Allen as a character is around 70 years old and he didn’t always have a tragic childhood. It’s a detail that was grafted onto him in 2009 The Flash: Rebirth comic book series, written by Geoff Johns and drawn by Ethan Van Sciver. Their troubles begin with Barry becoming unusually preoccupied with his mother’s untimely death, as well as his father’s death in prison, hitherto unmentioned details of his backstory.

The twist revealed was that it was Agatha all along.

Agatha Harkness smiles over her shoulder as she sits in a director's chair in WandaVision, likely celebrating that she wasn't killed off like most MCU villains

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I’m joking.

As Renaissance reveals, one of Barry’s oldest villains, Eobard Thawne (aka Professor Zoom, aka the Reverse-Flash) had traveled back in time, and he didn’t just murder Barry’s mother and blame his father for it , he also caused virtually every other bad, sad or disappointing thing that has ever happened to Barry. Due to his interference with the timestream, Barry had retroactively always had a tragic childhood.

Who is the Reverse-Flash?

Image: Geoff Johns, Andy Kubert/DC Comics

There are several versions of the character in the comics, but the most famous of them is Eobard Thawne, who looks a bit like the Joker from The Flash.

Thawne is a scientist from the 2400s who was an obsessive fan of former superhero The Flash, so much so that he had future plastic surgery to look like Barry and painstakingly recreate Barry’s accident with chemicals and lightning bolts to gain speed. powers. Then he traveled back in time to meet his hero, to check out an exhibit about the villainous Reverse-Flash at Central City’s Flash Museum. In a very difficult way over time, the evidence that Thawne was destined to become his hero’s worst enemy – and ultimately die at the hands of Barry Allen – cracked his psyche and became his villain origin story.

“Zoom's real name was lost in time.  Not even Flash's biographer recorded it.  Here in the 20th century, however, it was common knowledge,” Reverse Flash monologues, on panels of himself whispering “No,” repeatedly as he views a museum exhibit about Professor Zoom in The Flash (1993).

Image: Mark Waid, Greg LaRocque/DC Comics

In Flash: Rebirth, a lot of hay is made that time-traveling Flash characters can’t actually change the past; events that occur anywhere in the continuum repeat, as with the Reverse-Flash origin story. But for comic book reasons you don’t need to know, Thawne’s speed powers work differently than Barry’s, and he can change the past.

But it presents Thawne with a challenge. He can’t kill Barry, or stop him from becoming the Flash, because then he himself would cease to exist. SO The Flash: Rebirth is the story of what he decided to do instead. He went back in time to secretly track every free moment of Barry’s life and make it the worst it can bewhile leaving Barry as a hero enough to inspire Thawne to become the Reverse-Flash.

And, I mean, the man was thorough. Was Barry Allen ever able to throw a party balloon without accidentally releasing it into the sky? Has he ever been able to eat an ice cream cone without tripping over something too quick to see and watching the scoops fall to the floor? It seems unlikely.

Reverse Flash explains to Barry Allen that he is responsible for the time he fell down a flight of stairs at school and broke his arm, and the time his house burned down and his dog ran away in The Flash: Rebirth.

Image: Geoff Johns, Ethan Van Sciver/DC Comics

The crown of it all, of course, was that Thawne framed Barry’s father for his mother’s murder, which Barry discovered in the pages of The Flash: Rebirth. Barry’s attempt to travel back in time and reverse Thawne’s interference in his life – and how it went horribly wrong – was Geoff Johns and Andy Kubert’s story. Breaking point miniseries, on which the 2023 film the flash is based.

Is Eobard Thawne in the Flash movie?

No Thawne East in the original version Breaking point mini-series who the flash is based on, but he’s really just there to rejoice at how spectacularly wrong Barry is trying to stop him. It seems likely that the team behind the flash feeling like they had enough without introducing Eobard Thawne and the idea that he ruined Barry’s life in time travel – so in this movie they just leave open the question of who actually killed Barry’s mother, as if it really didn’t matter. And in many ways it is not: the flash is about Barry agreeing to new terms with his mother’s death, what he will have to do whether or not he finds out who killed her.

Plus, it would be pretty crazy to bring Michael Keaton’s 1989 Batman – which has the same “I created my villain and my villain created me” sort of thing – and then do the same plot with the main movie. dude too.

It seems unlikely that the flash will get a direct sequel, with the DC Films slate set to move in a very different direction. But space is definitely there for a big Reverse-Flash reveal. Who knows, maybe Barry Allen To danced with the devil in the pale moonlight.

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