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Wednesday, December 16, 2009 

More on Geoff Johns' plans for the Flash

In a recent interview with the LA Times' Hero Complex blog, Johns continued to confirm that he plans to darken Barry Allen's world:
GB: Tell me about Barry Allen's voice compared to some of his heroic peers' -- what's his personality and mien?

GJ: Barry is a man who, despite what life throws at him, continues to step forward with a clear purpose and sense of who he is. He believes in justice, sometimes looking at it in black and white. He has no tolerance for those who victimize others. Before he became the Flash, Barry had trouble connecting with people emotionally, he was letting life pass him by. As the Flash, Barry found that excitement in life again and rejoined it with a vengeance. The most frustrating thing for Barry is related to his job as a member of Central City CSI. He investigates crimes that have already happened. Murders he can't stop. No matter how fast he is, that's the past.
Yeah, because we don't have enough murders taking place in Batman's books already, or even Superman, which Johns has been writing of recent. And because bank robberies and carjackings aren't interesting enough. Nothing new here.

The part about Barry having problems connecting emotionally also has me worried. Does that signal that the retcon of his childhood is still going to remain? I hope not, but even if it doesn't, they've already hinted that there may not be as much fun in this new rendition as there was in the Silver/Bronze Age.

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