In “The Flash” #1, Wally West appears unmasked while visiting his fellow hero, Michael Holt. Several users on X immediately pointed out how close the character’s appearance looked to actor Chris Evans. One user noted, “I was reading the new run of The Flash and is Wally just Chris Evans?” sharing the issue’s panels in question. Another X user said seeing Wally in a suit “was everything” but wondered why Wally West looked “like Chris Evans with red hair.” “Wally reminds me of Chris Evans in this panel,” another user tweeted while calling the new series “excellent.” Another amused reader tweeted that they saw Wally and “Chris Evans??”
Mike Deodato Jr., who drew “The Flash” #1, has been open about using photo references in his work, previously sharing his process on his Instagram account as well as a photo of himself he used to craft early promo art for his “Flash” run. In this case, it seems like he really liked the idea of Wally looking like Evans and ran with it. There’s nothing wrong with photo reference, of course; in fact, it’s exactly how Nick Fury’s iconic look became based on Samuel L. Jackson, eventually leading to the actor being cast as the character. While that’s less likely to happen in this case, Deodato’s art does reflect a fan casting at least some other artists have hoped to see become a reality.
“The Flash” #1, from DC Comics and the creative team of Si Spurrier, Mike Deodato Jr., Trish Mulvihill, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou, is available via online retailers and comic book shops now.