Savitar (comics)

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Savitar
Savitar DC.jpg
Savitar in Flash (vol. 2) #111.
Art by Oscar Jimenez.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance Flash (vol. 2) #108
(December 1995)
Created by Mark Waid (writer)
Oscar Jimenez (artist)
In-story information
Abilities Superspeed, accelerated healing, force field, time travel

Savitar is a fictional supervillain published by DC Comics. He is an immensely powerful speedster that leads a cult dedicated to the Speed Force, and he has battled Wally West, Jay Garrick and Barry Allen.

Publication history[edit]

Savitar first appeared in Flash (vol. 2) #108 (December 1995), and was created by Mark Waid and Oscar Jimenez.[1][2]

Fictional character biography[edit]

A Cold War pilot for a third-world nation, the man who would become known as Savitar was to test a supersonic fighter jet. As he reached top speed, his plane was struck by what appeared to be lightning, and he went down in hostile territory. Discovering he could defeat the enemy by moving at super-speed, he became obsessed, naming himself after Savitr, the Hindu "god of motion", and dedicating his life to unlocking its secrets. As Savitar studied, he discovered new powers that no other living speedster has mastered. He can protect himself in a null-inertia force field, give speed and kinetic energy to objects or people, even those in a "rest state", and he could also heal his own injuries almost instantly.

Savitar's obsession gained followers, and he became the leader of a cult. In search of more knowledge, he sought out the only super-speed hero operating at the time: Johnny Quick. This encounter became a battle, the tide of which was turned with the arrival of Max Mercury who led Savitar toward the Speed Force, but caused him to bounce off, both speedsters being thrown forward in time.[3] Emerging from the timestream before Savitar, Max Mercury became a mentor to the various members of the Flash family and other speedsters, secretly preparing them against the day Savitar would exit the timestream.

Reappearing decades later, Savitar found that his cult had grown in his absence, awaiting his return. He recruited former Blue Trinity member Lady Flash (Christina Alexandrova), and discovered a way to use her speed to divert all energy from the Speed Force to his own army of ninjas. He then sought to eliminate the competition: Kid Flash (Wally West), Impulse, Golden Age Flash (Jay Garrick), Johnny Quick, Jesse Quick, XS, and especially Max Mercury.

Wally’s direct line to the Speed Force prevented Savitar from stealing his speed, and a coalition of just about every speedster (except for Red Trinity) foiled his plans. Hell-bent on at least destroying the Flash’s world in retribution, Savitar led Wally on a worldwide race of destruction, until Flash chose to give Savitar what he wanted: union with the Speed Force. His earlier encounter had shown him that the others who had arrived before would deal with Savitar as they saw fit.

In The Flash Rebirth mini-series, Savitar was able to escape from the Speed Force. He was run down by the recently returned to life Barry Allen; however, when Barry touches him, Savitar disintegrates, leaving only a pile of bones.[4] It is revealed that Professor Zoom altered the Speed Force and Barry to make the Flash shift in reverse, cursed to kill every Speed Force user with a single touch, though it seemed to be undone by the defeat of Professor Zoom during the conflict between the two speedsters.[5] Thus far, Savitar, Lady Flash (Lady Savitar at the time) and Johnny Quick have been killed by this effect.[6][7]

In September 2011, The New 52 rebooted DC's continuity. In this new timeline, parts of Savitar's origin are used in the origin of the Top.[original research?]

In DC Rebirth, Troia, a version of Donna Troy from an alternate future, recalls that Wally West from her time was killed by either Savitar or Brother Blood.[8]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Savitar can move at super-speed, and is able to lend or steal speed from moving objects. He has accelerated healing due to increased metabolism and can generate a full Inertia force field.

In other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Promotional image of the third season of The Flash
Gustin as Savitar
A promotional image of Savitar's armored form confronting the Flash (left) and Grant Gustin as the character's true form: a time remnant of Barry Allen (right).

A heavily adapted iteration of Savitar (also referred to as "Alchemy" and the "Future Flash") appears as the main antagonist in season three of The CW's live-action television series The Flash. The character is voiced by Tobin Bell and initially portrayed by Andre Tricoteux (Savitar's signature powered armor), while being also portrayed by Tom Felton (Alchemy) and by Grant Gustin (Savitar's true form).

Savitar is an armored villain who is really a time remnant (temporal duplicate) of Barry Allen/The Flash from an alternate future. The Flash sent time remnant duplicates of himself to fight him, but Savitar killed all but one. This surviving time remnant was abandoned by Team Flash for not being an aberration and he reinvented himself as the self-proclaimed "God of Speed" until his imprisonment in the Speed Force. It is revealed that the long-held myths referencing Savitar were spread by the time remnant as he traveled through time and multiverse with Jay Garrick/The Flash believing these stories. Abra Kadabra's timeline also regarded Savitar as the Flash's greatest enemy, even more so than the Reverse-Flash, Zoom and Clifford DeVoe. From the Speed Force, Savitar manipulates the present-day Julian Albert into acquiring the Philosopher's Stone through which he possesses Julian as Alchemy, the leader of his cult. Savitar (via Alchemy) re-empowers metahumans from the Flashpoint timeline, including Wally West/Kid Flash, whom Savitar manipulates into freeing him from the Speed Force. Savitar convinces Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost to join him as he plans to murder Iris West before the Flash's eyes, setting Barry on a desperate quest for revenge that would lead to the time remnant's creation. When H.R. Wells (Earth-19) sacrifices himself by impersonating Iris, Savitar's non-existence becomes imminent. Barry offers to find a way to save him, but Savitar rejects this plan and blows up S.T.A.R. Labs with the Philosopher's Stone. To save himself, Savitar tries to manipulate Cisco Ramon/Vibe to fragment himself throughout all of time and then goad then Barry to give into dark impulses to become Savitar himself, but his efforts are foiled by Team Flash and Savitar is erased from existence after being shot by Iris.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Ashley V. (22 November 2016). "The Flash: Secrets of Savitar". DC Comics. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Allan, Scoot (21 November 2016). "The Flash: Who is Savitar, and is He the New Fastest Man Alive?". GeekExchange. Retrieved 1 October 2017. 
  3. ^ Flash vol. 2 #109 (Jan. 1996)
  4. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #1 (April 2009)
  5. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #4 (August 2009)
  6. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #2 (May 2009)
  7. ^ The Flash: Rebirth #3 (June 2009)
  8. ^ Titans #17

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