Spoiler Alert: If you aren't familiar with the comic book world of The Flash, this post may contain spoilers for the adaptation of this world in CW's The Flash.
Iris West, beloved of Barry “The Flash” Allen, now played by Candice Patton on The Flash, used to have a simple history. From her creation in 1958, two years after Barry debuted in his role as DC Comics’ new Flash, to her “death” in 1979, Iris was an investigative reporter and, more relevant to the romance community, one half of one of the best comic love stories of all time.
But since then, she’s been dead, a displaced time traveler, a man, alive, widowed, became a grandmother, spent time in limbo, and finally was alive again, back as an investigative reporter but now single. (Comics everyone!) I can only hope, with Iris appearing as Barry’s true love on The Flash television show, that their love story will live again, to the joy of romantics everywhere.
Iris was a normal superhero love interest for the first part of her history. She had a long and happy marriage and that, for the time period, she was portrayed as unusually intelligent and capable. In the first Flash comic that I ever read, Flash #233, Iris figured out Barry had been replaced by his doppleganger from the future, the Reverse Flash. Iris had set Barry’s wristwatch ahead because he was notoriously late to events requiring his civilian alter ego. When he still showed up late, she knew something was up and confronted Zoom. Of course, she wasn’t capable of defeating Zoom by herself but Barry came back from limbo in time to save her life.
[The nine lives of Iris West ...]