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Red Death debuts as Flash’s primary villain

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Red DeathThe CW has created some of the most popular superhero shows over the last two decades.

While Smallville is probably the more prominent creator, Arrow has spawned a slew of programs set in the same universe.

Despite the cancellation of Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash is the final Arrowverse show to air.

In contrast, the Grant Gustin-led program is in its last season, and the show has opted to introduce a new nemesis established a few years ago: The Red Death.

Early reference

Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) and Iris West (Candice Patton) get access to Grace Gibbons’ consciousness in the 12th episode of Flash season 5, Memorabilia (Islie Hirvonen).

They wind up at the Flash Museum of the Future after going through the memories of a young Nora Allen-West (Avionne Dean).

A museum recording shows that the villain Cicada murdered more people than any of Flash’s opponents, including Zoom and Red Death.

Fans speculated that the Batman-like speedster might be the major nemesis of the season, but nothing came of it.

So far, the final season chose to move his appearance up.


The show’s lackluster debut received a spike of excitement at the conclusion, after long being hyped for an appearance as the show’s villain.

The Red Death is the most recent threat to Central City.

The Flash family’s next foe is likely to be their most lethal yet since it is powered by the Negative Speedforce and bears a familiar insignia.

In the second episode, Red Death emerged, threatening to make Central City pay for the Flash’s misdeeds.

Ultimately, in the most recent episode, the identity of the Red Death was revealed, revealing that Barry’s major enemy in the final season will be Ryan Wilder/Batwoman (Javicia Leslie).


DC Comics created a crossover story focused on the miniseries Dark Nights Metal in 2017 and 2018.

The narrative, written by Scott Snyder and illustrated by Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, and FCO Plascensia, established the notion for The Dark Multiverse.

Dark Nights Metal follows Batman as he finds the Dark Multiverse beneath the standard DC universe.

In an effort to prevent a prophecy that views him as the key to bringing a great evil to Earth, Batman accidentally allows seven distinct versions of himself to enter the Dark Multiverse.

The Red Death, a reborn Bruce Wayne united with Barry and the Speedforce, is one among them.

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After losing Robins in his never-ending struggle against crime, Earth-52’s Batman became insane.

As the negative earth was about to be destroyed, Batman seized weapons from the Rogues and approached his universe’s Flash, who refused to grant him Speedforce abilities.

The Flash is knocked unconscious and strapped to the hood of the Batmobile, which is disguised as the Cosmic Treadmill.

Batman drives them both into the Speedforce, absorbing Flash into his body, shattering his Speedforce connection, and converting Batman into the Red Death.

Dark Knights: Metal

The Red Death is one of the seven evil incarnations of Batman in the core universe.

Once the Red Death seized control of Central City, he unleashed a Speed Force Storm, allowing him to accelerate the aging of others until they perished.

After defeating Red Death, Barry Allen was imprisoned in his Batcave, which was supposed to slow him down.

As a result of their exposure to positive energy, the Red Death later divided Batman and Flash.

Despite the fact that the two Flashes would collaborate, Batman Who Laughs cautioned that Red Death would betray them, meaning that the positive energy would also slay Flash.


Red Death is revealed in the Flash series to be Ryan Wilder’s Batwoman, who took over after Ruby Rose left the show.

She previously appeared in the season eight plot “Armageddon” on The Flash.

After some contact with Gotham and Wayne Industries, the newest episode of The Flash notably referred to Batwoman as Red Death.

Given how vicious Red Death was in the comics, her participation on the show gives some light on the various heroes that will appear in DC’s speedster’s last episodes.