Iris of the beloved

I made a comparison between the Divine Comedy and Flash before. Strange as it sounds, once you bring up Capcom’s Devil May Cry it all starts to make sense. Iris is Beatrice. Which makes sense in that Dante’s own daughter was Sister Beatrice and Trish’s resembles Dante Sparda’s late mother. (Bear in mind DMC has a dead mother as plot point before The Flash got to it, despite the latter predating the former by decades.)

These are also assumed to be incestuous by fans. No really. That and being somewhat mean given Trish was once D Sparda’s enemy and still somewhat antagonise each other. Divine Comedy’s Beatrice, like what Iris is to Barry, also nagged at Dante a lot. No seriously, that’s there in the last part. (This makes the comparison all the more apt however if Dante’s wife Gemma was assumed to be a shrew and Barry married Iris.)

Logically Vergil is Dante’s evil blue-clad brother and Barry himself did have his own in Pollux/Cobalt Blue (though this came first instead). Likewise Nero is Dante’s nephew. Wally West is Barry’s nephew and got racebent on telly. (Nero’s the Italian word for black.) Both Danti and Barry (actually Flashes in general if you include Jay Garrick and Wally West) wear red.

If you believe Barbara Reynolds, D Alighieri was assumed to have crushes on other women but even then almost no other woman exerted a big influence on him as Beatrice Portinari did. (Sister Beatrice might be a much likelier candidate but because by being his daughter, she’s the only Beatrice he knew best.)

Logically in the Flash comics, even if Barry Allen flirted with other woman only Iris remained a real constant in the Flash stories. (I could go on saying that Iris West did have a big influence on the Flash comics, especially when it comes to certain plot points that get recycled in some form or another.)

That and rather almost divine names. (Logically Gemma obviously refers to gems and Patricia refers to patricians.)

Something from the former forums

I do remember something from the former Comic Book Resources forum (as it’s been replaced by a new one) that somebody assumed both Barbara Gordon and Barry Allen to be of Scottish descent. At some point I’d prefer the latter to be of Dutch descent (Van Allen/Van Halen) but ended up becoming Irish. (Actually I’d blame my then love of Sinead O’Connor on that.)

So far if The Scottish Connection’s any indication (admittedly I seldom read comics), the only confirmed superhero of Scottish descent’s Batman. Though I could make a good argument for Donald Duck, who despite being an anthropomorphic duck, his uncle and relatives obviously hail directly from Scotland (actually they’re immigrants or expatriates).

Therefore he’s Scottish American. Though for most of the part, it’s not that well-explored so.

She’s a deceiver

To put it this way, Caitlin Snow lives to deceive the Justice League by taking advantage of their trust in her so that when she reveals her true form and intentions (albeit as a werewolf) that’s when the ruse’s revealed. That’s the sort of thing some Christian have been talking about when it comes to false teachers.

I actually think it wouldn’t matter what sect (Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant) for as long as if you do the right thing, then that’s fine. Not all Catholics are necessarily bad as much as molesters will take advantage of such an environment but by unintentionally giving such churches and religion in general a bad name.

That’s how bad their actions are really.

The perils of redundancy

I suspect when it comes to making a lot of derivative characters, there’s often the risk of redundancy especially if writers don’t make much effort in differentiating them. There are likely writers who did put effort in differentiating characters and practically got away with it. But that involves treating them as individuals.

It’s as if Barry Allen’s own son went on to become a footballer but his own son decided to become a businessman instead who jogs on weekends. All three men have super-speed but only one of them’s a dedicated superhero. There are likely Flash writers that do try to address it to some extent.

But that would involve putting a lot more effort in their characterisations. Like what if Don Allen became an athlete for good, wouldn’t that involve using super-speed outside of superhero acts for playing games? That’s actually not much of a stretch as the sprinter Usain Bolt also does football.

(There are also people who jog on weekends, even if they’re not actual athletes that it’s not a stretch for the businessman Bart Allen to do the same.)

That still involves any real effort in differentiating their personalities to the point where you evidently give a damn about what they like to do in their free time, if at all. To put it this way, you and your child are good at sewing and sometimes good at dressmaking. But your child learns to make puppets.

That still proves my point really.

It looks good on paper

The thing with trying to make such an outfit practical and feasible in real life’s that some things really need to be changed in order to be doable. It’s like how and why costume designers tried to make a Mickey Mouse costume tolerable in real life that they have to change it to something consisting of a mask and suit. This might not be the only instance of such.

When it comes to superhero outfits, this is something costume designers have tried to make them doable in real life. It doesn’t help that the only other option’s make the characters dress like actual athletes (I swear making Barry Allen dress like a footballer would’ve been a bigger departure from the comics than the live action costumes are/were).

But that would involve a true redesign. There are characters who could get away with what they’re wearing as wrestlers are known to wear similar outfits. But fans might not like those so costume designers are stuck with a weird compromise. (Barry dressed up like an actual athlete would be too radical.)

Even if it were possible to be mostly faithful to the character’s presentation, when made more practical alterations will be made.

He doesn’t look Irish

I admit being of the headcanon that Barry Allen’s of both Irish and Italian descent (much like Greg Berlanti). However he doesn’t look like somebody’s expected stereotype of either ethnicity. There’s actually an essay on Irish stereotypes in superhero comics, where at least two characters ended up having the expected red hair cliche.

To be honest, I do know red hair’s more common in Ireland. But I can’t name any famous Irish redhead (I could name two Irish natural blonds–Mairead Ni Mhaonnaigh and Ronan Keating). Even Italians can be naturally blond or at least have light brown hair. You’ve got Patty Pravo and arguably Rocco Siffredi/Siffredo.

Even the famous Dante Alighieri’s assumed to have blond hair at some point. Actually some of his descendants are/were blond themselves. Not at all impossible for Barry Allen to be like this. But that would take a wider point of reference to show you that’s possible.

Though that would sometimes take you by surprise really.

Wolf in sheep’s clothing

I.E. Be wary of false teachers and predators of certain faiths as they say. To put it this way, Caitlin Snow poses as a Justice League member to better take advantage of them in the future. When she does reveal her actual plan, she becomes a werewolf to attack them and turns out to be a spy for Gorilla Grodd.

She might as well be a false teacher who attacks Christians and is in league with the Devil. That makes sense as wolves and to some extent dogs (in Judaism and Islam, having a dog’s fine if it’s within reason) aren’t trusted in the Bible. A wolf sneaks in the night to kill sheep. Killer Frost sneaks into the Justice League with the intent of killing them when servicing Grodd.

Beware the wolf in superhero’s catsuit I suppose.