>Forensic scientist Barry Allen is struck by lightning and doused in chemical producers, which afford him superspeed. He then begins protecting Keystone as "The Flash", believed to be an urban legend by the population. The only ones aware of the Flash's existance and his secret identity are his wife, investigative journalist Iris West, and his best friend, Detective Hunter Zolomon. Iris' troublemaking nephew, Wally West, lives with them and admires Barry.
>Barry and Hunter are lured into a trap by Victor Vesp, a mad scientist obsessed with stealing the Flash's speed. Barry is then trapped in a machine designed to extract his speed, which then becomes unstable and threatens to destroy the city. Barry is able to break the lightspeed barrier and escape, sacrificing himself to contain the explosion, which leaves Hunter crippled. Vesp is arrested.
>Iris reveals Barry's secret to the world so he'll be honored, and Barry is celebrated as Keystone City's greatest hero. Wally feels he'll never live up to Barry's legacy and ends up becoming a slacker who coasts by on his charm.
>On the anniversary of Barry's death, Wally visits a statue in his honor and is unexpectedly struck by lightning. He awakens in S.T.A.R. Labs, where he's been taken by Iris and Hunter. Scientists Jerry McGee and Tina McGee reveal that Wally has developed superspeed as well. Jerry theorizes that, in the moment of his death, Barry generated the lightning bolt that struck Wally, which breached the space-time continuum, in order to bestow his powers upon Wally.
>Tina and Jerry help Wally become acclimated to his abilities, and Wally and Tina develop a mutual attraction. Iris and Hunter expect Wally to take upon Barry's mantle, but, reluctant to not do it justice, Wally instead reveals himself to the world and uses his powers solely for personal gain, scoring sponsorships in sporting events and television ads.
>>78932817 >Vesp finds out about Wally's powers and arranges for a bomb to be placed in a transoceanic flight leaving Keystone City. Wally finds out about it and catches up to the plane, saving all the passengers before the bomb goes off.
>While he's distracted, Vesp is broken out of jail by another speedster, known as "Zoom". Wally later confronts Zoom while he's stealing technology from S.T.A.R. Labs, but is outmatched and beaten. Zoom then reports back to Vesp, who has provided Zoom with his speed, which Zoom has grown addicted to.
>Wally is despondent over being beaten by Zoom, but Iris encourages him to embrace his legacy and realize that his struggles only make him stronger. Meanwhile, Jerry finds out that Zoom is stealing the necessary items to rebuild Vesp's machine. He is then murdered by Zoom, who also kidnaps Tina and Iris to lure Wally into a trap at Vesp's lair, where Wally is caught in Vesp's machine like Barry was once before.
>>78932921 >Zoom reveals himself to be Hunter, embittered that he lost his legs, and that Barry would rather give his powers to Wally than him. Vesp activates the machine, which soon becomes unstable. Like Barry, Wally runs faster than ever before and breaks the lightspeed barrier. He is then transported to the Speed Force, an extradimensional field of energy that connects all living things past, present and future. There, he finds Barry, who has become one with the Speed Force since his apparent death. He tells Wally how proud he is of Wally's accomplishments and assures Wally he is worthy of being the Flash.
>Wally's apparent death causes Hunter to have a nervous breakdown, and he turns against Vesp, vibrating him until Vesp's bones are reduced to dust.
>Barry gives Wally what's left of his speed, which gives Wally the necessary push to break out of the Speed Force and back into Keystone. Hunter, driven completely insane, demands that Wally give him his speed. When Wallyr refuses, the two engage in a destructive fight across the planet, which ends when Wally transfer more speed than Hunter's artificially enhanced body is able to process, causing Hunter to be disintegrated.
>Wally reunites with Tina and Iris and tells them that Barry is alive inside the Speed Force, and together they'll find a way to rescue him. Wally then embraces the mask, calls himself "The Flash" and speeds off into the night, ready to fight for Keystone.
>>78930820 Reynolds isn't a bad actor. He sometimes grates on me and basically typecast as the smug asshole with a heart of gold, but he's not bad. A lot of the problems he's involved with like Green Lantern or Xmen Origins: Wolverine is mostly due to executive creative decisions rather than any acting ability or input from him.
>>78934464 Fun fact: Reynolds just doesn't gross highly. As a lead, he's done it maybe one or two times depending how you cut it, and one of those was opposite Sandra Bullock. He tends to specialise in things that top out around $200m, because he's not an interesting lead, he hasn't got a great deal of depth as an actor (he's basically playing "himself"), and he's got a forgettable face. Ironically, X-Men Origins is one of his highest-grossing films.
Casting him as the main lead in anything is a mistake, but people keep making it. I don't know why, normally guys like that end up as character actors (which admittedly would be hard for a man with no real face or depth) or shitcanned. I mean I'm sure he's a great guy or a total monster or whatever the fuck you want to believe, but it's not like there's a shortage of slightly forgettable pretty boys in LA. He must work for peanuts or something.
>>78934464 I dunno he might surprise in other roles, I mean people went WTF when Evans was cast as Cap because all most people knew of him were Johnny Storm type of roles that had him as a cocky jerk and it turned out he was a good Cap.
Hal: Hey miniature space Mr. Miyagis, there that thing that gets stronger each time it eats a planet, let me fight it I beg of you. It is going to eat earth and get stronger and also kill earth! You never told me not to fight it! Why am I even here prostrating myself needlessly!
Space Miyagis: No, we never expressly forbade you from fighting that guy, but don't do it. It killed 5 of out 300 plus green lanterns, we sent five guys! And it didn't work! Uh, tell that mustache alien to not go Yellow. Fight it alone or not at all you green nigger.
Hal: Out, but I'm going to use... JETS and belts! Jets are fast!
And so, after asking permission that he didn't need to save earth, Hal saved Earth from mini Galactus on his first day on the force.
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