Who Is Harrison Wells?

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Who Is Harrison Wells?

Rumors are swelling on the internet as to who Harrison Wells may be.

Some of the more popular theories include:

1. With the recent revelation of his computer Gideon some are speculating that he may be a New God.  Specifically the time and space spanning New God known as Metron.

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2. H. G. Wells, the famous author of The Time Machine is a theory. Though I don’t believe this to be true, that would make a great tongue in cheek alias for a time traveler!

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H.G. Wells

3. Another one that sprung up recently is Dr. Wells from an old episode of Super Friends “The Elevator to Nowhere”. Dr. Wells tricks Wonder Woman and the Atom into a time machine and sends them to the past. Got to admit, the resemblance is uncanny!

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Dr. Wells

4. Other names mentioned include time traveler Rip Hunter, Waverider, Bart Allen (Impulse), and Booster Gold!

My personal opinion is that Harrison Wells is in fact Hunter Zolomon aka Zoom and here is why!


  • Hunter was severely injured in an attack by Gorilla Grodd.
  • The injuries left Hunter paralyzed from the waist down and he was confined to a wheelchair.
  • Zolomon broke into the Flash museum and attempted to use the Cosmic Treadmill to prevent the attack by Grodd.
  • The resulting explosion destroyed the museum and shifted Hunter’s connection to time.
  • He believes the mischief he causes is teaching The Flash to be a better hero!
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  • Early on we see some kind of association that Harrison has with Grodd.
  • Harrison is seemingly confined to a wheelchair after the reactor accident.
  • Harrison just happens to have a hi-tech treadmill ready for use at Star labs. Cisco refers to it as “The Cosmic Treadmill”
  • Harrison has an accident and then appears in Central City to start up Star Labs.
  • Harrison initiates the reactor “accident” that causes the metahuman crisis and has orchestrated events to test Barry’s powers.

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Hunters power set is interesting as it is time based!

Hunter Zolomon has the ability to alter time relative to himself, as opposed to utilizing the Speed Force like most of the DC Universe speedsters do. He can apparently use this ability to move at “speeds” rivaling those of even Wally West, fastest of the Flashes, and usually, “faster” than the speeds that even Wally can muster in most cases. Since Zoom isn’t actually moving at great superhuman speeds (rather, he is greatly slowing down time relative to himself and can make himself so “fast” that even most of the Flashes look to him to be moving in slow motion, instead.) The temporal nature of his speed allows him to avoid the usual problems encountered by other Flash-type speedsters (friction, seeing and hearing at such near-light speeds, et al), whose automatic and unconscious use of the Speed Force overcomes those problems. As he is moving at a normal velocity, and the rest of the world is “slow”, those hindrances simply do not affect him.

Another theory I have is that Eddie Thawne could be revealed to be Eobald Thawne aka Professor Zoom. Will they stay true to the comics and have him travel back from the 25th century to torment Barry/Flash ? Or, will they substitute Eddie for Malcolm Thawne (Cobalt Blue), Barry’s unknown twin brother?

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Malcolm Thawne

Oh wait, “A few more miles” (Implying an older version of himself) could Harrison be Malcolm Thawne? Barry’s twin brother from the future known as Cobalt Blue! After all that newspaper he keeps in his secret room is dated ten years from now.

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I may have to rethink this! So, what’s your theory?

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Thomas ODonnell

Thomas ODonnell

My love of comics started at the age of 5, when visions of mythic beings fought their way across my TV screen. Batman '66, Super Friends, Wonder Woman, and Superman '78 filled my early childhood with imagination and adventure. Soon enough I found the spinner rack! Batman, Justice League and DC's Who's Who kept me coming back for more. I've seen the death of hope, justice broken, a light extinguished, and a universe torn! A kingdom come, the lightning return, a triumph of evil and a multiverse reborn!
  • Chad Bokelman

    “Harrison is seemingly confined to a wheelchair from an accident he had before coming to Central City.”
    Wells was “injured” as a result of the particle accelerator explosion IN Central City. Not PRIOR TO coming to Central City. He’s clearly standing in the flashbacks before the accelerator is turned on.
    Also, I’m a subscriber to the Wells = Merton theory and have been since I saw the pilot over the summer. It could be wrong, but if he’s Reverse Flash or Professor Zoom, I’m going to have a heart attack. It’s WAY too easy/predictable. They NEED to throw us the curve of Merton or some other thing. (Oooo, Cobalt Blue… no real reason, just cause.)

    • AKA

      You realize Hunter Zoloman (Zoom) is not the same as Professor Zoom right? That there are four different Reverse Flashs in the comics?

      • Chad Bokelman

        Yes… and? My point is that if they make Wells a Reverse Flash (ANY Reverse Flash) it’s going to be a let down because it’s TOO predictable.

        • AKA

          Most people say it’s too predictable for Wells to be Professor Zoom without understanding the difference, only reason I asked. Personally, I don’t think it would be predictable that he is another Reverse Flash with a completely different agenda. Professor Zoom is just an evil SOB who hates Barry, Zoom is a former friend of The Flash who goes evil because he thinks he needs to make Barry a better hero. I didn’t even connect the dots to Zoloman until I read posts like these…

          Anyways, I’m fine with them doing something different if they can make it work in the story (I was rooting for him to be Rip Hunter but the signs just aren’t there for that). I don’t want a twist just for the sake of having a twist though. I want whoever Wells turns out to be to make sense when compared to the story the season as a whole has built to.

  • AKA

    Dr. Wells has been shown, multiple times in fact, to have lived in Central City for years before the accident at the lab. They show that he has personal relationships with characters like Simon Stagg and General Eiling, amongst others. Detective West also does a background check on him and doesn’t find any clear red flags (like that he appeared out of nowhere.)

    Some other very relevant comparison points. Both Hunter Zoloman’s Zoom and the man in yellow have red eyes. The man in yellow is able to escape the trap in Star Labs because his ability is unlike Barry’s, in the comics Zoloman travels fast by slowing down time, not by tapping into the speedforce like most speedsters in DC do.

  • Matthew B. Lloyd

    I think he’s Zoloman also, and have since the first episode.