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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…

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.

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

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  1. LOL

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  2. NotExactlyMars

    February 11, 2016 at 14:04

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

    Reply

    • NotExactlyMars

      February 11, 2016 at 14:07

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

      Reply

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 11, 2016 at 14:07

        Second best for me

        Reply

        • NotExactlyMars

          February 11, 2016 at 14:34

          What’s the first?

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:34

            He likes Sewende Laan!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 11, 2016 at 14:49

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

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 11, 2016 at 14:50

            I like Arrow more

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:54

            LIES!

          • CypherGate

            February 11, 2016 at 17:57

            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

        February 11, 2016 at 14:08

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

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        • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

          February 11, 2016 at 14:29

          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!

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:34

            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.

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:35

            Stop making sense!

          • Lardus-For the Chimichangas!

            February 11, 2016 at 14:59

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

          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:34

            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

          February 11, 2016 at 14:34

          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.

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          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:35

            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

            February 11, 2016 at 14:50

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

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:36

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

        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:34

          ohhhhhh

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        • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

          February 11, 2016 at 14:35

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

          Reply

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:35

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

          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:37

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:37

            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)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:37

            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

        February 11, 2016 at 14:33

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

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        • NotExactlyMars

          February 11, 2016 at 14:34

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

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          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:37

            Ah. Okay. Fair enough.

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        February 11, 2016 at 14:34

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

        Have you watched Legends of Tomorrow yet?

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        • NotExactlyMars

          February 11, 2016 at 14:36

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

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          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:37

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

          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:38

            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)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:39

            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

            February 11, 2016 at 14:40

            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)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:41

            The Blacklist?

          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:42

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

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:42

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:42

            Agent Carter is amazing.

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:44

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:42

            Me too.. Shudders with the memories.

        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:37

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

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          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:39

            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

            February 11, 2016 at 14:40

            You sure you’re talking about DC shows there?

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:42

            Well they’re all basically the same. 🙂

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:43

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

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:46

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:44

            HAHAHAH!

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 11, 2016 at 14:05

    Ahem. I think you’re forgetting someone…

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    • RinceThis

      February 11, 2016 at 14:17

      Just stop it now.

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 11, 2016 at 14:18

        No! ZOOM-ZOOM. WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

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        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:20

          You are in reverse!

          Reply

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:20

            EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHW

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:21

            atteb!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:27

            Are you Bizarrinceo?

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:28

            Do I look like a plumber?!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:29

            Well… do you have a plumbers crack?

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:34

            That depends! 0_O

        • miaau

          February 11, 2016 at 14:20

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

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    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 11, 2016 at 14:48

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

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      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 11, 2016 at 15:10

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

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        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 11, 2016 at 15:20

          LOL

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  4. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 11, 2016 at 14:07

    Eddie

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  5. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 11, 2016 at 14:10

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

    Reply

  6. Kromas untamed

    February 11, 2016 at 14:11

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

    Reply

  7. Commander Admiral Chief

    February 11, 2016 at 14:12

    No Flash, I am your father

    MUAHAHAHAHAHA

    Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 11, 2016 at 14:35

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

      Reply

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 11, 2016 at 14:49

        Of course

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  8. RinceThis

    February 11, 2016 at 14:17

    HAHAH! Winna.

    Reply

  9. Captain JJ 'saurus

    February 11, 2016 at 14:32

    Wait, did you call spoilers?

    Reply

    • RinceThis

      February 11, 2016 at 14:36

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

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 11, 2016 at 14:37

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

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        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:38

          Soooo, no reason to watch it then?

          Reply

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:39

            Shut it.
            Supergirl isn’t that bad.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:40

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:41

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

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:41

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:40

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

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:43

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

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 11, 2016 at 14:39

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

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      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 11, 2016 at 14:38

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

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      • NotExactlyMars

        February 11, 2016 at 14:39

        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?

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        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:41

          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. ‘

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          • NotExactlyMars

            February 11, 2016 at 14:46

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

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:47

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

  10. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 11, 2016 at 14:33

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

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  11. Gavin Mannion

    February 11, 2016 at 14:34

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

    Reply

  12. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 11, 2016 at 14:42

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

    Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 11, 2016 at 14:44

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

      Reply

      • RinceThis

        February 11, 2016 at 14:44

        Totally.

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      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 11, 2016 at 14:52

        ^This

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    • RinceThis

      February 11, 2016 at 14:46

      Diggle sucks!

      Reply

      • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

        February 11, 2016 at 14:46

        YOU SUCK!

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        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:46

          Ow 🙁

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        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          February 11, 2016 at 14:48

          Yes, I agree my fellow Diggle-bro!

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          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:48

            Go diggle somewhere else!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:50

            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)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:53

            But he has a cool helmet!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:55

            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

        February 11, 2016 at 14:46

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

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        • RinceThis

          February 11, 2016 at 14:46

          Fuck the whites!

          Reply

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:47

            Let me guess, you’re THAT UCT STUDENT!!!!

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:47

            Kill all the whites!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:47

            Says the agent

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:49

            I’m not white, I’m Caucasian.

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:49

            Oh, I meant have sexy time… 0_O

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 14:50

            Think about it. Caucasian. So you’re a type of Asian. Therefore not white. IT’S BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE!

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:52

            BWAHAHAH!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:52

            Rince is all kinds of white.

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:52

            Fuck you! I am ginger!

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 11, 2016 at 14:53

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 15:00

            Captain Abraham America!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:53

            I try a compliment and this is what I get 😉

          • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

            February 11, 2016 at 14:53

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:53

            lulz, link says ‘Forbidden’ which is just about right 🙂

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:54

            I got a “403 FORBIDDEN” when I clicked on that link.
            Seems perfectly appropriate 😀

          • RinceThis

            February 11, 2016 at 14:54

            I already said that! Get your own material!

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 14:55

            Lies!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            February 11, 2016 at 15:19

            Was he talking again?

  13. Johann

    February 11, 2016 at 14:42

    It’s Batman

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    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 11, 2016 at 14:46

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

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 11, 2016 at 14:46

      Better yet… ALFRED!!!

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        February 11, 2016 at 15:15

        Oh oh! A Gotham crossover!

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  14. Captain JJ 'saurus

    February 11, 2016 at 14:56

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

    Reply

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      February 11, 2016 at 14:56

      SO much for that eh

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    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      February 11, 2016 at 14:58

      Damn it, Barry!

      Reply

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 11, 2016 at 14:58

      Leave it till Sunday evening….

      Reply

      • Captain JJ 'saurus

        February 11, 2016 at 14:59

        You’re evil.

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        • Commander Admiral Chief

          February 11, 2016 at 15:00

          No, he is rotten

          Reply

          • Captain JJ 'saurus

            February 11, 2016 at 15:21

            AI can’t rot

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 11, 2016 at 15:21

            No they cannot, but they can be ROTTEN

  15. VampyreSquirrel

    February 11, 2016 at 15:03

    • Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

      February 11, 2016 at 15:05

      TIM ALLEN IS ZOOM!

      Reply

    • Captain JJ 'saurus

      February 11, 2016 at 15:21

      Oh Tim Allen, you were once good too.

      Reply

      • Commander Admiral Chief

        February 11, 2016 at 15:22

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

        SO MUCH INNUENDO!!!!

        Reply

        • Captain JJ 'saurus

          February 11, 2016 at 15:47

          I want to watch that again too!

          Reply

          • Commander Admiral Chief

            February 11, 2016 at 15:58

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

  16. Alien Emperor Trevor

    February 11, 2016 at 15:50

    I’VE GOT IT!

    Reply

  17. Jim Lenoir (Banana Jim)

    February 11, 2016 at 17:28

  18. CypherGate

    February 11, 2016 at 17:57

    Zoom is possibly the most badass villain in The Flash.

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  19. iusedtobe(a)regular

    February 11, 2016 at 20:08

    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.

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  20. chimera_85

    February 12, 2016 at 10:24

    Nope, Zoom is a bigger dude than Barry

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  21. GamblerJoe

    February 12, 2016 at 10:53

    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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