Watch: Writer Joshua Williamson on the Flash's big Rebirth role and playing with Reverse-Flash

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Aug 18, 2017

The Flash has always been a crucial part of the DC Universe, but ever since the Flashpoint storyline and his exploration of the Speed Force, he has been even more vital in defining what storylines and DC History is tied to the Rebirth universe. Rebirth #1 and "The Button" crossover with Batman are proof of that. Writer Joshua Williamson has been tasked to write the increasingly popular title since Rebirth began, and there are more eyes than ever amid the increased profile thanks to a popular television show of the same name and an upcoming feature film debut in the Justice League.

Under the pressure of writing a twice-monthly book, Williamson has managed to tether Barry Allen back into the title role, brought back the Rogues in a big way, ushered the return of Wally West, introduced Godspeed, and supported Barry with strong development for love interest Iris West. With already 28 issues produced, Williamson is running laps around some of his peers.

But a few things he's done especially well are restore hope into the DCU with Barry Allen and show what a deadly villain Eobard Thawne, aka Reverse-Flash, can be. One peek into Williamson's writing process includes him roleplaying conversations between characters and recording it. A heated exchange between Allen and Thawne was so intense, Williamson could be heard repeatedly pounding the steering wheel of his car.

Among all of the Rebirth titles, Williamson’s run on The Flash has been one of the most consistent and satisfying reads since the latest DC Rebirth initiative began in June of 2016. Williamson stopped by the SYFY WIRE studio at Comic-Con and gave us a deeper dive into how he approached Flash's increased role in the Rebirth universe and playing with a tragic character like Eobard Thawne, who is not only Allen's most dangerous foe but also his greatest admirer.

Watch the interview below and let us know what you think of The Flash comic and which one of his Rogues is your favorite.

Williamson contributes to DC's Metal event with the one-shot Batman: The Red Death #1, while continuing to write creator-owned titles such as Nailbiter and Birthright through Image and Frostbite through DC Vertigo.