Who is Zoom?

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Flash Zoom (5)

If there’s one mystery that needs solving on The Flash, it’s how a fully-trained CSI forensic scientist like Barry Allen can make massively stupid decision every time he decides to tap into the Speed Force and bust a few Metahuman heads. The other mystery right now, is the identity of the latest villain that is busy terrorising the Central City of multiple parrallel Earth’s, Zoom.

Faster, deadlier and cooler-looking than the Flash, Zoom is always several steps ahead of the Flash and hellbent on eventually stealing all of his speed. So who’s under that creepy mask? We’ve got a few theories on that. And odds. TAKING ALL BETS!

Hunter Zolomon

Flash Zoom (3)

Only one man has gone by the name of Zoom in the comics, and that’s Hunter Zolomon. While the TV version of Zolomon may be an Earth-1 doppleganger of Earth-2’s Flash, Jay Garrick, it’s still a likely scenario. And Zoom is ultimately a tragic hero in the comics, a menace who exists only to make the Flash realise exactly what the cost is for being a hero: Sacrifice.

In the comics, Zolomon and the Flash were actually allies. But when Zolomon became paralysed from the waist down thanks to Gorilla Grodd and the Flash refused to travel back in time to save him, that’s when the friendship disintegrated. Using the cosmic treadmill in the Flash museum, Zolomon regained the use of his legs and the ability to alter his relative speed in time and space, thus creating the illusion of super-speed. And that’s when Zolomon decided to teach the Flash how great of a motivator personal tragedy could be.

The idea is there in The Flash. The character would obviously need plenty of tweaking and groundwork to work, but it is doable. Or this Hunter could be a massive red herring on the part of Garrick himself…

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Odds: 50-1

Eddie Thawn

Flash Zoom (1)

Poor ol’ Eddy. Easily the most likable character in the first season of The Flash, Eddie was a good cop who just wanted to protect those he cared and loved. But being the ancestor of the Reverse-Flash himself, didn’t exactly help. Faced with the realisation that his entire life would be not be remembered in the centuries to come, Eddie finally stopped the Reverse-Flash by putting a bullet in his own chest and erasing the negative speedster from the timeline.

And then he got sucked up into that stray multiversal breach. Convenient. Now imagine a twisted and darker Eddie, driven mad by breach and Speed Force exposure, back for revenge once he escaped the singularity. The biggest hurdle here is that Zoom was already attacking Jay Garrick’s Flash when the singularity opened over Earth-2 Central City.

Thing is, if this Zoom is using time-shifting super-speed as opposed to regular Speed-Force velocity, that bump could easily be jumped over for this particular speed demon. And a vengeful Eddie who wants to make the Flash suffer, is slowly starting to make sense.

Odds: 1000-1

Earth-2 Henry Allen

Flash Zoom (2)

Thanks to this week’s episode, we already know that the original Flash of the early 1990s is a scarlet speedster who exists inside of his own universe. And that’s a  neat Easter Egg that the core series keeps around, as actor John Wesley Shipp became father to the current Flash. But what if the Henry Allen of other universes wasn’t so warm? What if at least one of these Allens became a villain instead of a hero?

It’d be a terrific nod, and the actor in question is in perfect shape to portray Zoom. There’s already fan theories in the wild about how the Zoom cowl matches Shipp’s jawline, while his build is almost identical to that of Zoom. It’d be one hell of a reveal, for Allen to finally face Zoom and see his father’s face under the mask.

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Odds: 10 000-1

Earth-2 Barry Allen

Flash Zoom (4)

But then again, what if evil ran in the family? What if Earth-2 Barry Allen was a darker doppleganger? There’s already some evidence for this. Earth-2 Barry isn’t exactly well-liked on his Earth, having been described as a selfish individual who put his needs before that of his family. Behind that dorkish facade could lie the mind of a madman, one who is apparently well-versed in multiversal theories and seeks to not only be the fastest man alive, but the quickest of all 52 Barry Allens in existence.

The rabbit-hole goes even deeper. Remember when Earth-1 Barry saw glimpses of the multiverse at the end of the first season? There was a brief moment where he spotted himself in a jail cell. What if that was actually Earth-2 Barry, jailed for some unkown reason and then connected to the Speed-Force in an accident in that reality?

It would also explain why he didn’t bother unmasking the Flash in their first encounter, as he possibly planned to steal both his speed and his identity. It gets even tripper, when you see the references to another Flash comic book villain who goes by the name of Cobalt Blue, Barry Allen’s evil twin brother. Or maybe I’m just reading way too much into this.

Odds: 500-1

Nora Allen

flash-mom

…Oh wait.

Odds: Infinity – 1

Last Updated: February 11, 2016

Darryn Bonthuys

Something wrong gentlemen? You come here prepared to read the words of a madman, and instead found a lunatic obsessed with comics, Batman and Raul Julia’s M Bison performance in the 1994 Street Fighter movie? Fine! Keep your bio! In fact, now might be a good time to pray to it!

  • ElimiNathan

    LOL

  • NotExactlyMars

    It’s his black dad but from Earth-2, guaranteed

    • NotExactlyMars

      Also, best show currently on TV. Just putting out there

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Second best for me

        • NotExactlyMars

          What’s the first?

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            He likes Sewende Laan!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Sewende laan, the only soap where you only need to watch one a year to be fully caught up.

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            I like Arrow more

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            LIES!

          • CypherGate

            If i was able to give you 10 000 more upvotes I would. The Flash is awesome and all, but The Arrow is in some ways much better. I sometimes find Barry to be too much of pussy from time to time. It actually annoys me sometimes.

      • NotExactlyMars

        And also… F*ck them for doing a cross over with that shit fest that is Supergirl.

        • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

          What? That hasn’t been cancelled yet? That show is mediocre at the moment, though I think my pet peeve with it is not that it is full of strong female characters (all for that), but that their whole “feminazi” thing is so full on in your face and feels forced. They should let the character DEVELOP! Look at Flash and Arrow – the characters DEVELOPED ffs!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            She is developing. Plus out of all the comic book characters currently on screen she’s the only one I completely buy when she gets angry & think someone’s gonna get a-hurt real bad.

          • Stop making sense!

          • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

            Still don’t like being force-fed Feminazi-ism…

          • NotExactlyMars

            Yeah I just don’t like the writing or production value, like, at all. It’s just a balls-to-the-wall stupid show

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          Well, Supergirl is better than Arrow at this stage. At least someone doesn’t die every episode to be revived again in the next.
          The Arrow storyline has gotten so thin and bland.

          • NotExactlyMars

            I don’t watch arrow but mainly because I missed out on the hype through seasons 1 and 2 so never bothered picking it up

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            S1 and S2 Arrow was epic, this latest one, meh, trying to love it

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            Felicity needs to die! That or Olicity needs to die!

        • ohhhhhh

        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          I had such high hopes for Supergirl. It’s such a disappointment.

          • I am glad I didn’t waste my time past ep 4…

          • NotExactlyMars

            I stopped wasting my time after the pilot. Might get some flack for “not giving it a chance”

          • I tried. I don’t know what it is. I think she is great, it is everything else that annoys me.

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            It actually got a little better for a while, and now it’s back to meh! I think the problem lies with the fact that the writers aren’t sure who’s watching. One minute it’s a decent comic book show, and then the next it’s Dawson’s Creek.

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Hmmm. Not with Daredevil and Jessica Jones out there.
        But it is damn good, I’ll agree.

        • NotExactlyMars

          Okay I should clarify. Best show on DSTV at the moment. I dont have Netflix (yet)

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Ah. Okay. Fair enough.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        Definitely, I’ve grown a bit tired of Olicity on Arrow, but Flash has been consistently AWESOME!

        Have you watched Legends of Tomorrow yet?

        • NotExactlyMars

          No not yet, I’m pretty amped for that but I’m not sure if it’s coming to DSTV

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            It’s a bit meh. But I’m giving it a chance still.

          • NotExactlyMars

            I usually make my mind up after the first episode on whether a show is going to grab me or not so will wait and see

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            I suffer in silence…. hanging around until I can’t any more. I hung in there with Smallville, until eventually I had to drown my sorrows in brandy.

          • NotExactlyMars

            I’m getting that with another show but i’m not going to say which one because it’s just going to cause a shit storm up in this comments section >_<

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            The Blacklist?

          • NotExactlyMars

            Oh god no… I dont like that show period :/

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            I like Agent Carter
            I think it’s a pretty cool show at this stage.

          • Agent Carter is amazing.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            On that side of the Marvel Series probably the best one.

          • Me too.. Shudders with the memories.

        • I have to say LOT is OKAY. It’s disjointed at the moment. Needs to sort its self out.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            All the DC shows have the same problem – for each thing they do really well, they also tend to do something really dof.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            You sure you’re talking about DC shows there?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well they’re all basically the same. 🙂

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            You’re just trying to start up a riot now.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • HAHAHAH!

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Ahem. I think you’re forgetting someone…

    • Just stop it now.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        No! ZOOM-ZOOM. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

        • You are in reverse!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHW

          • atteb!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Are you Bizarrinceo?

          • Do I look like a plumber?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Well… do you have a plumbers crack?

          • That depends! 0_O

        • miaau

          I would have thought someone would have inserted a Scrubs pic or video by now.

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      I’m still enjoying this one. I think it’s the grin that does it.

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Every time Zoom pops up I go “ZOOM ZOOM” and giggle. It’s the small things in life.

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          LOL

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    Eddie

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    Blerry was so dof this week I’m starting to think he misheard “Run, Barry. Run” as “Rum, Barry. Rum.”

  • It is actually Forest Gump who is tired of not getting any attention lately!

  • Commander Admiral Chief

    No Flash, I am your father

    MUAHAHAHAHAHA

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      I’ll give you an upvote for using that line correctly.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        Of course

  • HAHAH! Winna.

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    Wait, did you call spoilers?

    • Yeah! He didn’t, I haven’t seen this week’s ep yet!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Supergirl’s in it! Oops. Spoiler. *run*

        • Soooo, no reason to watch it then?

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Shut it.
            Supergirl isn’t that bad.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I think it’s just you & I that think that buddy.

          • Nah, it isn’t that bad I agree. Just hoped it would be better.

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Seems like it.
            They’re all too “artistic” for it I think, while probably wearing their fedoras while they watch movies. ;P

          • I would rather watch Shannara with its stupid bearded elves thanks!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            If John Rhys-Davies can be a stupid bearded elf, then so are you!

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          I think at this stage if the cookie monster showed up in Arrow I wouldn’t be surprised.

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Bastard! 😛
        I haven’t watched any of the new ones yet. 🙁

      • NotExactlyMars

        Nothing he said has pointed to anything that has aired yet besides zoom which, well he’s been there since the first episode (of S2) I think?

        • Um ‘Thanks to this week’s episode, we already know that the original Flash of the early 1990s is a scarlet speedster who exists inside of his own universe. ‘

          • NotExactlyMars

            I must have missed something in this weeks episode then O_O I don’t remember them referencing that. My bad!

          • I wouldn’t know, haven’t seen it yet, lol!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Earth 2’s Felicity (Arrow) Ha ha ha ha… No! Zoom is ZOOM! Destroyer of Barry Allen!

  • Umm it’s obviously Harrison Wells… that bad acting has to be covering up a real secret

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    Seriously, what Arrow needs is a serious cull. His team is far too big, and except for Diggle, everyone sucks.

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      I agree.
      Arrow was best when it was just him and he wasn’t so morally whipped to not kill people.

      • Totally.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        ^This

    • Diggle sucks!

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        YOU SUCK!

        • Ow 🙁

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Yes, I agree my fellow Diggle-bro!

          • Go diggle somewhere else!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Diggle was cool when he just found out that Oliver is the Green Arrow. Now he’s become a little bit overplayed (if that’s the right word).

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            But he has a cool helmet!

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            Yea. Okay. I was quite impressed with that. He can keep the helmet but seriously, only people like Justin Bieber has an entourage.

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        Racist! (sorry, it’s a knee-jerk reaction as a South African)

  • Johann

    It’s Batman

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Yep, Thomas Wayne from Earth 2 – When his son, Bruce was killed he stole the speed force from Earth 2’s Flash.

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Better yet… ALFRED!!!

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        Oh oh! A Gotham crossover!

  • Captain JJ ‘saurus

    So much for doing that big report I planned on starting on after lunch.

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      SO much for that eh

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Damn it, Barry!

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      Leave it till Sunday evening….

      • Captain JJ ‘saurus

        You’re evil.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          No, he is rotten

          • Captain JJ ‘saurus

            AI can’t rot

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            No they cannot, but they can be ROTTEN

  • VampyreSquirrel
    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      TIM ALLEN IS ZOOM!

    • Captain JJ ‘saurus

      Oh Tim Allen, you were once good too.

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        We are currently watching Home Improvement, my oh my did it age weirdly. Some jokes though, are timeless.

        SO MUCH INNUENDO!!!!

        • Captain JJ ‘saurus

          I want to watch that again too!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            Dude, a LOT of adult jokes in that show that I missed when I was younger

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’VE GOT IT!

  • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)
  • CypherGate

    Zoom is possibly the most badass villain in The Flash.

  • iusedtobe(a)regular

    Zoom isnt realy from earth2 so in the series it could be anyone, Henry Allen was my first thought (seeing that the guy who plays Henry was the original Flash from the early 90s) I also have thoughts that Earth 2s Barry Allen could be Zoom the again it could also be Joe West.

  • chimera_85

    Nope, Zoom is a bigger dude than Barry

  • GamblerJoe

    Stick to your day Job, you’d make a shitty Bookmaker and people like me would clean you out within a few Hours. I’ll take R1000 on the Earth 2 Henry Allen. If I’m correct mean u will pay me out R10 000 000,

    Should of just copy and paste this article like you LG guys normally do.. http://www.comicbookresources.com/article/who-is-zoom-the-flash-terrifying-nemesis-secret-identity-spoiler

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