FLASH FACT: The CW's The Flash might just be the most loyal adaptation of a DC Comics property to ever come across our screen. However, there might be a few details that that differ Grant Gustin's Barry Allen to the version in the comics.Ranker Comics has compiled a list of 20 differences between the The Flash the TV show and DC Comics's version of the character. Producers of the hit CW show have been doing their homework and are definitely fans of the comic - it's just that sometimes things need to be changed for a different medium. So if you're as old as Jay Garrick and new to the show, or if you're a CW zombie that's getting hip to the super hero trend, Ranker Comics has got you covered!
Joe West Doesn't Exist in the Comics
Much like Captain Lance on Arrow, Joe West doesn't exactly exist in the comic. Sure, Iris has had a father in different incarnations, but none are like Jesse L. Martin's version of the character. The character might have been added to aid Barry Allen in the police department while also providing a father figure for Barry and Iris.
Caitlin Snow Is Still a Good Guy on TV
Caitlin Snow, as played by Danielle Panabaker, is actually a new addition to DC Comics's stable of characters. Unfortunately, after an accident in the Arctic Circle while working for S.T.A.R. Labs, Caitlin's DNA is infused with the chemicals in the coolant system - creating the heat vampire Killer Frost.Although The Flash's version has yet to meet such a grisly fate, there have been several other versions of Killer Frost in the comics and other media. That means Panabaker's character is safe... for now!
The Identity of Harrison Wells Isn't in the Comic
Although it has since been revealed that Dr. Harrison Wells is actually Eobard Thawne/The Reverse Flash, almost everyone knows him by his secret identity. In the comics, Thawne never uses the name Harrison Wells. The name might be a nod to science fiction writer H.G. Wells, thrown in by the writers.
Iris West Is White in the Comics
Although the DC Comics interpretation of Iris West has traditionally been a caucasian woman with brown or auburn hair, when the character was cast for The Flash TV show, the role went to Candice Patton, an African-American actress.