A Future Flash Appears in Justice League 3000

Through Comic Book Resources, DC Comics has revealed plans for Justice League 3000 by Keith Giffen, JM DeMatteis and Kevin Maguire. The ongoing series, launching in fall, will feature (at least) future versions of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash and Green Lantern

So far, all they’ve really released is the creative team and Howard Porter’s designs, including this one for the Flash.

Justice League 3000 Flash by Howard Porter

While the team is best known for the humorous “Bwahaha” Justice League International, they’ve written their share of serious stories as well. (You don’t get more serious than Giffen’s “Five Years Later” Legion.)

No doubt this is what’s behind both the end of the current Legion of Super-Heroes and the Justice Legion rumors: Presumably the LSH has been shifted to another timeframe, since I imagine the two concepts wouldn’t coexist very well.

Also, it’s worth noting: The Flash of JL3000 has red hair and green eyes. I’m not going to read too much into that. Other Wally West fans may be more optimistic, but I’ve been burned too many times to get my hopes up.

Updates: Giffen & DeMatteis talk to Newsarama, Giffen talks to CBR about the series.


33 thoughts on “A Future Flash Appears in Justice League 3000

  1. Devin

    Wally! Freaking Wally West! No doubt about it! Why go to all the trouble of leaving the hair exposed and the goggles up? YES, YES, YES!

    1. Kyer

      I know, I KNOW, but….
      Damn it… I hope it’s allowed to steal a pic because I’m going to do that and name it “Wally West” the facts be damned. If it turns out it is someone else or is Wally and a totally lame pseudo-version of Wally I don’t want to know. 🙁

  2. Kyer

    I like the costume (not in love with it, but it’s pretty decent and has free flowing hair. I do so love free-flowing hair.) Probably the biggest Not-Sure-About-It are the heavy-looking boots and the bandana. Not a liking or disliking of goggles, but that bandana is…. Is it one piece like a turtle neck gone amuck or a bandana? I can’t tell. If a bandana it’s like Justice Riders a little. If a turtleneck in XXXL neck then it’s making me think that little wizard guy in Masters of the Universe. (Hence my mixed feelings on it.)

    If it wasn’t for the fact that I had a really lousy weekend I’d probably be all excited by the maleness with red hair and green eyes past all common sense. As it is I’m only able to muster a “Eh, fool me twice…”

    You’ll excuse me if I’m hoping there’s plenty of JLI-type humor. Seriously need some humor here and those guys brand of mayhem always went well with my funny bone.

    *looks at pic again and grabs hair in both handswhilemuttering
    OhpleasebeWally… Some The Top would be swell too cause Lia would love that*

  3. Kyer

    Guys, what’s the possibilities that this is someone called Garth Ranzz (Lightning Lad) and not Wally? I’m looking up some Google Images and it looks like a possibility. Seems more like Wally to me, but….maybe? (Never got into future world books…at least not comic ones.)

    1. Kyer

      That scarf thing is starting to really erode any budding hope I had that this might be Wally or at least a Wally as a speedster. It just doesn’t go with speed. That and the clunky boots. I just don’t get the impression of The Speed Force here.


      1. Devin

        That is obviously a Flash and a speedster. Look at the pose, he is in mid-run, and then look at all the accents and the lightning bits. Look at the lightning bits! This is definitely a speedster. Now the jury is still out on whether it is Wally but I have no doubt in my mind that this is a speedster.

        Why is it that comic book fans are the first to forget that we are reading a comic book? Functional, smunctional, look of a speedster…tell me, what should a speedster look like? Then tell me why the speedster has to always have those same characteristics? I miss the days when creators would design costumes with a devil-may-care attitude and a flare for the dramatic. Functional, smunctional.

        1. Kyer

          Because lightning bits can also be found on non-speedsters like Black Lightning and this Lightning Lad. *sigh* Believe me, I’m not gleeful over this, but the pose and the motifs aren’t sure fire things. Now it’s possible that he’s a speedster and its a tech thing which is why the boots look too much, but that bandana thing is what I truly can’t get around. Yes, I know….Mercury had a dracula collar, but that was then and this is “modern” times. They seem to love high collars (frankly, so do I) and lots of buckles (yech), but not a lot of unnecessary cloth unless it’s something like Superman’s cape.

          Gads….I’m arguing against Wally. This is so dang wrong.

          1. Devin

            True but the lightning bits on Black Lightning and Lightning Lad never seem to pop quite like the lightning bits on a Flash. Look into your heart, Kyer, you know it to be true.

            The bandana is like a balaclava that many cyclists like myself wear. It is there to protect against the harsh cold air, bugs, and random debris. The goggles serve a similar purpose.

            And one should ever argue against Wally. He needs you, he needs us.

            1. Kyer

              Lol. I look into my heart these days and I see Fox Mulder camped out with Scully. I want to hope but have had too much stuff snatched away.

    2. Devin

      I agree on the future books. Have never had an interest in any of them and Justice League Beyond is holding on by a thread with me despite now having a speedster on board.

    3. Kelson Post author

      Shoehorning the Legion characters into the Justice League roles sounds like such a supremely bad idea that I have a hard time believing even DC would try it.

      That said, I’ll believe this is Wally when I’m holding a comic in my hand with the words “My name is Wally West. I’m the fastest man alive.”

  4. Lee H

    The designs look really nice, and work together well. Green Lantern in particular is great!

    Updating Jenni “XS” Ognatz as the Flash of the 31st century would have been a much more natural fit, and added some ethnic and gender diversity to the line-up. Having said that though, Wally West (if this is indeed him) is a significantly bigger draw for the audience.

  5. Stephen

    The bandana(?) and boots are the only thing in the costume that’s ruining it for me. Other than that I like it.

    Question. Is this set in the DCnU?

  6. married guy

    Please DON’T be Wally West…… Lord knows how much I miss the character, but I’m not interested in reading a bastardised version of him. I’m happy to re-read my back issues & go to my happy place.

    1. Brandan

      I’m right there with you. I don’t want this to be Wally either. Not because I’ve always disliked future stories, but because I have zero faith in this creative team. I can’t remember the last time Keith Giffen did anything decent let alone impressive.

      I’d rather him be in limbo than in a horrible series where the powers that be can point to and say “SEE! We gave you what you wanted and you didn’t support it!” while obviously ignoring the fact that it was doomed from the start.

      And whoever came up with the idea that speedsters need goggles…We are not friends. I dislike you and your ideas.

  7. liquidcross

    Even if it’s Wally…it ain’t the same. Wally is NOT from the year 3000, dammit.

    That GL design looks pretty cool, though. Reminiscent of Simon Baz, oddly enough.

  8. Savitar

    As a long-time Legion fan, this may very well be the last straw for me with DC. If this does lead to Wally’s return, then the cost is too high by losing one of the longest-running team/concept in comics.

    What’s worse, DC isn’t even being that original here. 1000 years in the future and you have the exact same roster….with the exact same genders……with probably the exact same roles. At least be brave enough DC to mix it up some now that you finally have the Justice League in the future.

    But for me, the future has always belonged to the Legion. I cannot and will not support this title even if it does signal the return of Wally.

  9. Lee H

    Traditionally there have been quite a few Flash characters with origins in the 31st century.

    Don Allen & Dawn Allen (Tornado Twins)
    Bart Allen
    Owen Mercer (Captain Boomerang II)

    And some non-powered relatives like Meloni Thawne, President Thawne and Iris West and her original family.

    So there’s a chance that it’ll be someone familiar, even if it isn’t Wally.

  10. Scott

    If its Wally and its Justice League 3000 doesnt that mean Wally woudlnt appear in the current series as Flash, and that would be epicly disappointing!!! Guess they could do a time travel but year 3000 justice league Wally maybe but I want him in the Barry Bart universe.

    1. Kyer

      In a perfect world that would be my wish too. (But in a perfect world Flashpoint would not have destroyed the DCU and we would have gotten the Flash Family and Flash picnics with all attendees in a Speed Force book.
      Darn you, darn you, lack of a perfect world!)
      I have just these basic requirements for a return of Wally.
      Caucasian Male over the age of 16 and under 40.
      Green eyes and reddish hair (NO mohawks, or crewcuts or anything even remotely like them! Gag me.)
      Personality as anything from Messner-Loeb through Waid eras. I don’t give a hoot who his mentor is or was.
      A speedster. A really, really FAST speedster.
      Everything else I can tolerate with varying levels of grumpiness.
      Oh, and no flak for the white male thing. Not exactly White Male myself, but I like a character to be THAT character that I loved in the first place. DC & Marvel? You want a hero of a different race, color, creed–dear lord, create a NEW one and quit mucking about with previous creator’s established characters. That drives me insane.

    1. Kyer

      Time travel? Who cares about that? The only time travel that interests me involves a TARDIS.
      Now….inter-dimensional travel, that would have had me perking up like puppy faced with a meaty bone. But that’s already been declared taboo at least in regards to pre-52.

      I think….the more I look at the picture the more I believe I’d be okay with that not being Wally. The boots are too….Matty Action Figure bulky. The sloppy turtle-neck/whatsis too….fugly in both shape and the overly large and ill-placed lighting bolt motif. Unless that design is merely a concept one still subject to modification? Or, well, didn’t they tame that equally fugly mustard stain that used to grace Jay Garrick’s new getup? (The one I wished they’d taken Tide Ultra Power Bleach Detergent to.)

  11. TheFlash1990

    Wally West? Feh. I want Barry Allen back…with non murdered parents. Lol.

    It’s funny, they turned Bart/Kid Flash into Wally, and Wally into Bart by the looks of this pic!

    I just hope Barry Allen stays THE FLASH for a longtime. The current title has been pretty good.

  12. Rusty

    This Picture and suit is so bad. Its dont my thing. This is NOT -THE FLASH- NOT!! I hate this Suit-Skin of this Picture. This wourld be Flash? What the hell?!! NOGO! NO THX.


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