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20 Ways CW's The Flash Is Different from Comics

List RulesVote up the biggest differences between show and the comic.

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 Flash 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!

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    Caitlin Snow Is Still a Good Guy on TV

    Photo: The Flash / The CW

    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!
    Big difference?
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    S.T.A.R. Labs Is More of a Superman Thing

    Photo: The Flash / The CW

    S.T.A.R. Labs is essentially the headquarters of Team Flash. The former home of the Particle Accelerator is the command center for Dr. Harrison Wells, Caitlin Snow, Cisco Ramon, and Barry Allen. 

    This is not the case in the DC Comics version of The Flash. Although S.T.A.R. Labs is all over the DC Universe and has research centers everywhere, their main base of operations has been in Superman's home of Metropolis. It first appeared in Superman #246 and frequently assists in Superman's missions (if they aren't the cause of it in the first place). 
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    Eddie Isn't in the Comics

    Photo: The Flash / The CW
    Like his partner, Joe West, Eddie Thawne (Rick Cosnett) isn't exactly in the comics. Although he is not part of the larger Flash comics he has been an extremely important element to the show as a friend/foil to Barry and love interest to Iris West. Also, before it was revealed that Dr. Harrison Wells was the Reverse Flash, Eddie's last name might have put him in the suspect catagory.
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    Caitlin and Ronnie Were Not an Item

    Photo: The Flash / The CW

    Traditionally, in the comic, Caitlin Snow and Ronnie Raymond were not a romantic item. After Caitlin's accident, when she became Killer Frost, she hunted Firestorm because his ability to generate heat was the only thing that could cure her condition. 

    In The Flash, Caitlin and Ronnie were engaged before the explosion of the Particle Accelerator "killed" Raymond. Once Ronnie returned as Firestorm, their relationship was put on hold until Ronnie could get control of his powers. 
    Big difference?