This is going to be a shorter post than usual, however it will expand over time so be ready for various updates over the coming weeks and months as more evidence and potential ideas come to light.
Let’s be honest, I saw The Flash Pilot a couple months ago when it leaked online. However, because it wasn’t supposed to be out yet, out of respect of the creators I didn’t review it until last night when it was officially released. For the past few months now, the idea has been rummaging around in my mind and rewatching the pilot only made it stronger. Add on hints from the creators that a certain character has a good chance of making it onto the show, I’m even more sure. Harrison Wells is Booster Gold.
Who is Booster Gold?
Booster Gold is a superhero, but not your typical one. Born well into our future (25th Century), Booster was obsessed with heroes. That obsession made him want to be a hero himself. Much of his motivation was the prospect of fame and the money that came along with it. The difference is Booster knew he couldn’t be a hero in his time and decided he’d travel back in time with future technology and become a hero in our time. With his newfangled technology he was able to pull of feats that made him seem like a proper hero. It was the shock and awe effect and it worked well for him. Booster is ultimately a bit of a deceiver, but he is so with a good heart. Booster wants to help people, but he just isn’t the standard hero one would think of. Booster may be cocky and a bit of a douchebag, but I find it hard not to like him.
Theory Speculation and Clues
Episode 1 “Pilot”
Here’s what points to Harrison being Booster so far. Harrison Wells is the scientific lead on the particle accelerator project, a project that was extremely advanced. If there was a project being worked on that wouldn’t be surprising if was assisted by future technology.
Then there was the final tag the came at the end of Pilot, in which we saw Harrison get out of his wheelchair in a secret room and look at a future newspaper in which The FLASH was missing in the headline. It was a lot to take in and process in such a short time. However, we get multiple solid clues, for one, the accident that supposedly crippled him, didn’t do permanent damage. However, the fact that he was a figure that could walk prior to the accident indicates that he likely would continue that ruse. Thus it is likely that Harrison was actually hurt in the blast. Damage that would have normally left a person permanently disabled, except Harrison would have future technology that could be used to heal what is impossible in the present. For his cover, he would need to remain in the chair despite being healed.
There is also the very obvious look at the future newspaper in Pilot. The newspaper was dated 2024, ten years into our future. However, that doesn’t limit Harrison from only being 10 years in the future. In fact, Harrison could have gone back in time to find out why The Flash had gone missing in his past. Maybe it was a major mystery like how Agatha Christie disappeared. Considering how Booster Gold always wants to be a hero, this could all be an elaborate ploy to help solve the mystery and make the public love him even more.
Episode 2 “Fastest Man Alive”
In Fastest Man Alive we learned that as soon as Barry was hospitalized Harrison Wells wanted to bring him into Star Labs. We learned this in the confrontation between Harrison and Joe West as Harrison tried to convince the paternal figure to allow the speedster to do some good. However, the most important part was Harrison indicating that he had a hunch about Barry being a meta-human. Sure he could have been suspicious, but knowing that he at the very least had a newspaper from the future, he would know who Barry was already.
The more damning evidence toward Harrison being a darker version, but nevertheless Booster Gold, is his final scene with Simon Stagg. As the two had a very hostile discussion it quickly devolved into Harrison revealing that he could walk and making threats. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much point in making threats as Harrison quickly murdered Stagg, unwilling to allow Stagg to potentially hurt Barry. He stated that Barry needed to be protected and killing Stagg was the way to do this. Like I said, this is turning to a relatively dark interpretation of Booster. This Booster is willing to kill to protect the legacy. He wants to make sure that Barry stays safe and if that means killing someone he knows will get in his way, he will do it.
Episode 3 “Thing You Can’t Outrun”
While the episode “Thing You Can’t Outrun” didn’t confirm anything we hadn’t already known, it did provide proper confirmation of how long Harrison has been around. Which was long before the explosion of the particle accelerator. However at the time of the explosion Harrison had cameras at Barry’s and watched him get struck.
What are you thoughts on Harrison Wells and who he might be?