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Justice League - Flash Redesign by Femmes-Fatales Justice League - Flash Redesign by Femmes-Fatales
Justice League redesigns, part 7 of 12.

Having asked you all pick your favourite Justice League members from a selective list, the Flash settled in the middle. Out of 92 votes, he only received six.

Though not a character I'm thoroughly familiar with, I've grown to really like and appreciate Barry Allen tremendously after reading a stack of contemporary comics involving him. He's someone with tremendous courage and incredible heart. He cares deeply for others and will do whatever it takes to make sure justice is done. I find his dedication to his job to be admirable as is his ability to conquer past tragedies to become a more fully formed person in comparison to some of his cowl-wearing teammates who chose to wallow in their past. In re-inventing him for my envisioned Justice League, I wouldn't alter much of his personality since he stands alone with his strong convictions and sensitive disposition. Rather than taking care of Central City, he'd be based out of New York City (along with the other Leaguers) and would work for the NYPD. The biggest change, however, would be in Barry's personal life. Iris Allen is out. She's duller than a doorknob and I've found nothing in her character to suggest she's anything other than a poor man's Lois Lane. That's just me though. In terms of his friendships, I see he and Wonder Woman being the closest. Obviously, his friendship with Green Lantern remains as well.

For his costume, I wanted to really try something different. Barry's pretty much always had the same costume so I wanted to reinvent it. That meant giving him shorter sleeves and altering his familiar lightning bolt symbol. I added more details to his costume as well. The decision to give him goggles was largely inspired by Kid Flash's design on Young Justice. They had the right idea there giving him goggles since it's something I imagine speedsters requiring so they don't get bugs in their eyes or so they're not tearing up. The decision to have his hair showing, while it may appear to be a Kid Flash reference, was largely due to the fact that I wanted to make it blatantly clear which Flash this is. This is Barry... not Wally and not Bart. Anyway, I hope you all like what I've done with the Flash. :)

Enjoy!

You can see the other League redesigns in my gallery.
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Master-Chief13 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013
looks like kid flash, flash has always had a cowl. not meaning to criticize but try and stay close to original designs
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The point of a redesign is to try something fresh and new. I'm from the Madonna school of thought so sticking to the same thing and never changing is about as dull and unoriginal as it gets for me.
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Master-Chief13 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013
but this just makes him look childish >w>
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's very kind of you to say. To be fair, this Barry isn't the same one that is in the comics and he's meant to be younger, more modern and more stylish.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
Barry was the first Flash I was aware of, thanks to my Dad's old collection of Silver Age DC comics. Funny enough, I ended up being more of a Marvel fan.

Personally, I preferred the idea of each Leaguer operating in their own city when not on League business, mainly because it made it easier for each Leaguer to have their own adventures and shine in their own spotlight.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the beauty of this being my own personal interpretation and re-imagining it. It's my creativity being extended into a potential vision of what the League is rather than what they are. The intention here is that they're meant to be more of a group of friends and that they're each other's supporting cast -- in essence, they're a family. Of course, just because characters live in the same location doesn't mean that they can't have their own adventures and shine on their own. After all, how many Marvel heroes live in NYC (nearly all of them) and they all manage to shine on their own when given the chance. Since they live close to each other, the crossover potential is amplified as well. Carol Danvers can hang out with Peter Parker without having to go all Captain Marvel to fly to his location because she can just hop into a taxi or onto the subway.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
The problem with that for me is that it makes crossovers less special. Crossovers should be big deals, special events.

Not to mention it makes heroes too dependent on each other. They don't get to build self-reliance.
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Femmes-Fatales Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There are holes in your logic since said crossovers are so commonplace in comic books that it's hard to quantify them as big deals especially when it comes to Marvel. Their "special events" are now so predictable that you can always come up with who is going to die in it (because in their crossovers someone always dies).

Still, I don't seem to recall that I was saying that I would characterize said heroes as dependent and reliant on one another. They are independent characters who operate on their own but come together to face enemies they cannot battle alone. Although, truth be told Wonder Woman has often faced League-level enemies on her own and been successful but she receives less admiration for it if only because she's all but invisible since she's not Batman. Also, while I think it's great that you have an opinion it's a little discouraging that you seem disinterested in acknowledging the fact that you're commenting on a work of art and are nitpicking minute details that are almost irrelevant to the art and design of the characters you're commenting on. To me, it feels a little disrespectful to comment on someone's art and not bother discussing said art. After all, artists post their work in order to get feedback rather than arguments from people who seem incapable of appreciating other people's creativity because it does not match their own views.
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L1701E Featured By Owner May 17, 2013
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Their "special events" are now so predictable that you can always come up with who is going to die in it (because in their crossovers someone always dies).
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No kidding. I don't really read the crossovers because of it.

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Also, while I think it's great that you have an opinion it's a little discouraging that you seem disinterested in acknowledging the fact that you're commenting on a work of art and are nitpicking minute details that are almost irrelevant to the art and design of the characters you're commenting on. To me, it feels a little disrespectful to comment on someone's art and not bother discussing said art. After all, artists post their work in order to get feedback rather than arguments from people who seem incapable of appreciating other people's creativity because it does not match their own views.
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I'll keep that in mind in the future.
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Jose-Ramiro Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Yeah, Barry is cool like that.
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