Superman and the Flash Start Flame War, Refuse to Comment

There are few debates in life as intense as those which pit superheroes against one another, and no place like the Internet to take a geek-fueled fever pitch a full order of magnitude further than necessary.

Who runs faster, Superman or the Flash?

Seems like an innocuous enough question–I mean, who’s going to have a strong, immutable opinion on that? Well, apparently everyone who comments at The Source (the Official Blog of the DC Universe). It began with a preview of Superman #709, in which writer Chris Roberson and artist Eddy Barrows imagine a race between Superman and the Flash. Then, all hell broke loose.

The flaming got so intense that DC closed comments on all posts and removed most of the offending remarks, leaving only a few (unfunny) comments and this notice from Molly of DC Comics:

Until further notice, fans won’t be able to discuss the new Wonder Woman costume or how Aquaman is virtually useless in the DC Universe’s official home. Perhaps we should bring the debate here… what do you think, Geeks? Superman or the Flash for the win?

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48 Responses to Superman and the Flash Start Flame War, Refuse to Comment

  1. I was under the impression the comics had already answered this question quite a few years ago when Superman and Flash decided to find out and had a race. If memory serves Flash won. Also a couple of years ago a young version of the Flash appeared in Smallville and he was faster than Clark Kent.

    If I am mistaken in this then fine, I can't really understand people arguing so furiously over fictional characters lol.

    • You are right on both points, this has been answered soooo many times lol. There was a young version, or a character that, in the world of smallville, was supposed to represent the flash and he was waaaaay faster than Clark!!!

    • You are right on both points, this has been answered soooo many times lol. There was a young version, or a character that, in the world of smallville, was supposed to represent the flash and he was waaaaay faster than Clark!!!

  2. I don't think that's his full speed though. It looks like Superman is having a much more difficult time reaching that speed to slow him down, anyway. I'd still say Flash would win, but that's just me. ;)

  3. Super man may be able to catch the flash but not by moving faster then he does. Flash is definitely faster. Now just give flash some kryptonite and let him go.

  4. If Superman is faster, then they're going to have to change the Flash's tag line to "The SECOND fastest man alive."

    • not really because technically Supermans Kryptonion so they could probably still keep it ;)

    • not really because technically Supermans Kryptonion so they could probably still keep it ;)

    • but here is your problem with that. Flash is a man, where superman is just that. A Superman not a normal man. i.e. Superman wins!

  5. It only makes sense to balance out the universe that The Flash would be faster. It's even unfair to give one guy (Superman) so many powers and make him the best at all of them. Their has to be balance. While superman may be fast,as Madmarek stated on many occasions has this been debated and the outcome has been The Flash as the victor. And keep in mind I'm a bigger Superman fan than I am of The Flash.

  6. In The Flash: Rebirth, this question was pretty definitively answered: Superman tried to tell Barry that he was fast enough to keep up, and had occasionally been fast enough to beat Barry in public races. Barry's response was "Those races were for charity, Clark." He proceeded to leave Superman in the dust.

  7. Considering they both can sneak around the light-speed barrier, it's a very moot point. Oh, and I'd say Wally's faster than the zombie there. :D

  8. what's wrong with that picture is that superman doesnt have to run to move at superspeed, he can fly at superspeed (how is a mystery, but anyway). he should be flying, not running, this is the CW Superman.

  9. I actually have a problem with Superman being faster than Flash (unless you want to point to someone else who is faster). I really think there should be someone better than Superman at just about everything he does. Superman's true "strength" (no pun intended) should come from the variety of things he can do, not that he can do each of those things better than anyone else.

    Superman should be one of the fastest, not the fastest.

    Superman should be one of the strongest, not the strongest.

    Superman should be one of the most invulnerable, not the most invulnerable. And so on.

    Superman has a nearly invincible mix of powers (as he should, otherwise, he isn't Superman). However, let someone else be better at wielding each of those individual powers.

    Of course, it would depend on how you measure "fastest", too. I think Aquaman should be faster at swimming than either Flash or Superman. Flash should be faster running than either Superman or Aquaman. But if it came to a three-man race involving both swimming and running, Superman would probably win because he is able to do both swim and run.

  10. I actually have a problem with Superman being faster than Flash (unless you want to point to someone else who is faster). I really think there should be someone better than Superman at just about everything he does. Superman’s true “strength” (no pun intended) should come from the variety of things he can do, not that he can do each of those things better than anyone else.

    Superman should be one of the fastest, not the fastest.

    Superman should be one of the strongest, not the strongest.

    Superman should be one of the most invulnerable, not the most invulnerable. And so on.

    Superman has a nearly invincible mix of powers (as he should, otherwise, he isn’t Superman). However, let someone else be better at wielding each of those individual powers.

    Of course, it would depend on how you measure “fastest”, too. I think Aquaman should be faster at swimming than either Flash or Superman. Flash should be faster running than either Superman or Aquaman. But if it came to a three-man race involving both swimming and running, Superman would probably win because he is able to do both swim and run.

  11. They answered this years ago. The Flash won because he is as fast s light and superman is only faster than a speeding bullet. I forgot the comic, but I remember it was a big deal.

  12. They answered this years ago. The Flash won because he is as fast s light and superman is only faster than a speeding bullet. I forgot the comic, but I remember it was a big deal.

  13. I think its very obvious from the comic strip above… flash looks like he is taking a stroll while superman is really having a tough time catching him

  14. The Flash can run so fast he breaks time. Superman gets to be good at evertthing, just let the Flash be GREAT at something of his own.

  15. The Flash can run so fast he breaks time. Superman gets to be good at evertthing, just let the Flash be GREAT at something of his own.

  16. this is not even close to full speed there have been several times flash accidentally went to fast and actually broke the speed of light traveling through time. since then Flash refuses to push himself to his full potential in case it were to cause serious issue with time lines.

  17. I agree with the general consensus that The Flash is faster, but when you stop to think about it from a scientific viewpoint, there's no way he could survive going even a fraction of Superman's speed. As a mere mortal, his body would be ripped apart by the force of the air hitting him as he moved. Even if that didn't kill him, the heat created by the friction would burn him to a cinder. That's one of the great advantages of being a comic book writer. The laws of physics can be totally ignored and your characters can do anything your imagination can conceive.

    Just to throw a spanner in the works, consider this… The Green Lantern should (in theory) be able to go faster than The Flash and Superman put together.

    • I think they cover that in how he is able to withstand his own ability? His normal clothes do get completely destroyed when he moves that fast. His suit is make specially to withstand it.

    • He's no longer a mere mortal, he's now part of the speed force. It even goes on the subject of his heart beating so fast he ages and would die, like a dog or cat. However Batman cures him so he can run without aging.

      Green Lantern cannot compete in any way shape or form :P

  18. The Flash is fast enough to vibrate his body at a frequency that allows him to walk THROUGH walls, Superman has to break them down. 'Nuff said.

  19. If Superman will be faster than the Flash then make Superman the only superhero in the DC comic world. lol Super heroes should have their unique skills and abilities to make them an actual character.

  20. I say Flash hands down. Superman can merely out run a bullet. Flash can out run the fabric of the universe. Plus in a foot race flash would win cause he doesn't accelerate the same way as superman. He just is always that fast. Swimming might be an issue for flash though….

  21. Surely the ability to fly would make for something of an advantage? No landscape is completely flat meaning the Flash has to move a longer distance than Superman who can simply fly on a level plane (thus a straight line). So the Flash maybe faster but over any distance Superman will get there first.

    • The Flash can run faster than the speed of light, he can run on water and up buildings, landscape has nothing to do with it! Superman would lose in a longshot because he can only go as fast as the speed of sound.

  22. The Flash can run faster than the speed of light, he runs so fast he goes through time. Superman can only run as fast as the speed of sound, he's way slower. Not only that but The Flash thinks as fast as he runs, Superman can not, he just runs. It makes The Flash way better at his job than superman could ever be :).