The Flash is a show that gave us one good protagonist but a busload of awesome villains. Amongst them, the names Reverse Flash and Zoom keep raising their heads. Reverse Flash, played by Tom Cavanagh in Season 1, is the epitome of how a TV Speedster villain should be. Reverse Flash is the opposite of Flash in every way. Zoom is the guy that broke the Scarlet Speedster, both literally and figuratively. Hailing from Earth 2, Zoom managed to do stay ahead of Barry Allen not just because he was faster but because he was smarter and more cunning than any Flash Villain we had ever seen. So what happens when these two awesome evil speedsters duke it out? Let’s find out. Presenting Reverse Flash vs Zoom – Who would win and why?!?!
(Note: We are not taking into consideration the Black Flash version of Hunter Zolomon here as pitting him against Reverse Flash would just be plain wrong!!!)
Let’s talk about the individual superheroes for a bit first….
Eobard Thawne is the future descendant of Eddie Thawne, one of team Flash’s staunchest Season 1 allies. Eobard is also a user of the Speed Force. By tapping into its energy, Eobard becomes the Reverse Flash and is transformed into Barry Allen aka the Flash’s greatest arch-nemesis. Eobard’s hate for Barry Allen is absolute. His speed, coupled with his hatred for Barry Allen and his genius level intellect has made him the Flash’s greatest enemy till date. Eobard has come back time and again to haunt the Flash.
Eobard’s knowledge of the future and his inside knowledge about the Flash and his enemies has always worked wonders for the Man in Yellow. No one understands the timeline and its inner mechanisms better than Eobard. He has used his extensive knowledge of the Speed Force to teach Barry and help him become the Flash as well as fight him to a standstill every step of the way. His connection to the Speed Force is so strong that he has even managed to outsmart death on more than one occasion.
Hunter Zolomon is the evil speedster of Earth 2. Hunter had an abusive father as a child. When he was just a kid, he saw his own father killing his mother. As a result, Hunter was emotionally scarred to such an extent that he was propelled to the life of crime, moonlighting as a serial killer to quench his violent urges. Zolomon was finally arrested and was sentenced to death by Electroshock therapy when the particle accelerator exploded and bathed him in dark matter. As a result, Hunter became a speedster and terrorized Central City as Zoom.
Zoom has managed to do stuff that was even considered impossible for speedsters. He has managed to break the dimensional barrier using just his incredible speed. He has shown extreme levels of strength and his connection to the speed force has given him an ability of superhuman awareness. Zolomon was the first speedster to ever us the concept of time remnants in combat. He also has an amazing scientific mind, able to conjure up the Velocity serum to enhance his own speed. Zoom also happens to be a master of deception, having tricked the entire Team Flash into thinking he is the good guy all along.
Final Fight – Reverse Flash vs Zoom
The fight between Zoom and Reverse Flash will be a one to remember for the ages. Zoom and Reverse Flash are already considered the two greatest villains of the Flash in the Arrowverse’s future timeline. Their mastery of the speed force is absolute. But who will win a fight between them? Zoom is a speedster that revels in the joy of stealing other speedsters’ speed. Reverse Flash is a genius and a speedster extraordinaire all rolled into one. A fight like that cannot be judged on primitive grounds. All thing must be taken into consideration.
Are you ready for the answer? It will surprise you!
The answer is – Reverse Flash. While Zoom is indeed faster of the two, Reverse Flash has something Zoom can never get – Experience. In case you forgot, Zoom is from an alternate timeline who becomes a part of Team Flash’s Rogue’s Gallery but Reverse Flash is Flash’s future nemesis. As he belongs to the future, he knows everything there is to know about the Flash AND his enemies (including Zoom). Eobard has used his inside knowledge of the past to affect and influence things beforehand. Zolomon is fast, undoubtedly, but what good is speed if your enemy knows your every move you will ever make.