No, no, no, you guys have got it all twisted. Barry Allen is the best Flash in so many ways, he had the best secret identity, job/occupation, supporting cast, villains, most original story, had the most abilities as Flash, and was the smartest Flash, not to mention the most powerful. Remember, it was ONLY Barry Allen who was fast enough to stop the Anti Monitor, he was the only one who could stop it because he was literally the fastest thing to ever exist. If he weren't they coulda got Wally or Jay to do it. Most of you probably don't know enough about Barry Allen to determine whether you like him or not and are in favor of Wally West because he's the one you grew up with or the one off the JL/JLU cartoons. The Flash on the JL/JLU show is a HYBRID of three different Flashes. Timm and CO used the name and likeness (appearance) of Wally West but merged his personality with Impulse's to make him the token funny guy but they gave him Barry Allen's enemies, supporting cast, had him come from CENTRAL CITY instead of where Wally is from, Keystone city and even gave him Barry's ORIGIN and job and established that he was the only Flash. The only thing they didn't give him of Barry's was the vibration ability. A big part of the reason why they have so much of Barry mixed in with Wally is because they weren't sure which one they would use until the end of season 2 of justice league. So that explains why so Wally West on the show is from Central City instead of Keystone City, has Barry's enemies and his job, is the only existing Flash (like Barry used to be minus Jay), etc., but has Wally's name and likeness. Like I sadi, the producers weren't sure if they wanted Wally or Barry, they knew they had more story range and villains and less baggage if they used Barry, but knew that Wally was the Flash in the current comix so it'd be "best" if they meshed what they thought were the best things about Barry into Wally's character for their show to make a Flash that "everyone" would like who's story was easy to follow, so there would be something for Barry fans AND Wally fans. So if they would've done Wally West how he is in the comix on the show without adding SO much of Barry Allen into him then he would not have been as popular a character and would've been very confusing and hard to follow for newcomers and probably wouldn't be a "fan favorite" right now if they hadn't added the Barry Allen story elements in with Wally. Wally West's tory depends SO much on Barry Allen's that it would be impossible to tell Wally's story without including Barry Allen. Can you imagine how the producers would've tried to explain all that to new comers? they'd have been like: "Well, police scientist Barry Allen was hit by lightning one night in his lab and got super speed powers and became the first Flash and fought all these villains and eventually 'died' saving the world, but the Flash on our show is actually his nephew, who, before Barry died, was on a tour of barry's lab and 'coincidentially' got hit by lightning in the same way Barry did and got the 'same' powers Barry did and became his uncle's (Flash) crime fighting sidekick Kid Flash but when his uncle died he became the new Flash and fights Barry's old enemies but has a different job every other week unlike Barry who was always a police scientist." That is SO much more dificult than "This is the Flash, his name is Barry Allen and he was hit by lightning and now he's the Flash, he's the only one (in our Universe)." So THAT's why Barry's the best Flash and they should use him. He's original, easy to follow, and NOT the second or tird living in one's shadow. I hope Barry returns in FINAL CRISIS, I've missed him these past 20 years and am tired of reading about crappy second raters who are the equivelant of Kyle rayner, Guy Gardner, and John Stewart. I want the real deal, Barry Allen again, what Hal Jordan is to the GL mythos he is for the Flash saga. Wally West will always be Kid Flash to me just like Dick Grason will always be robin to me and I'll be ticked if they make him the new Batman al la the Flash treatment. Is it possible Barry will return to stay as a hero, not a villan for good in FC? I hope so. We live in a time where comix characters that nobody liked or cared about and should've STAYED dead are being ressurected constantly, like Jason Todd and Bucky Barnes of all people! So WHY can't DC bring back a guy that EVERYONE seemed to like and is actually WORTH a damn?? A great character who's story is being mixed in with the current Flash in other mediums and at the same time being forgotten and will remain unfamiliar ith the next gen of fans. But DC and Didio like to screw with Barry fans. They teased his return in the other Crisis books and the Lightning Saga and brought back frickin' Kid Flash limited Wally West as Flash instead of the real deal AGAIN. So will Barry be back in FC? Or will he be back long enough to spit just so he can save us in this Crisis and die again or will they bring him back, but as a VILLAIN (which would suck and I'd shoot DC) or will it be Jay or wally who die in FC or will Bart be back or will we really, REALLY get the REAL DEAL, Barry Allen back this time? I hope Didio and crew won't crap us out this time or bring him back with strings attached. I hope they actually bring him back for good this time. THAT is the question. Will he return? I hope so.