From Newsarama’s Dan DiDio: 20 Answers, 1 Question for January 23
13. One question that keeps coming back with the return of Barry Allen as Flash. Whatâ€™s the role of Wally West going to be?
DD: That question is great fodder for story, and what will be taking place in Wallyâ€™s life. He will be trying to figure out his place in the world in regards to being a hero and a family man, given the turn of events and the return of Barry. The return of Barry basically forces Wally to ask himself why he would want to continue, and should he continue in the role of the Flash? He took the mantle on, and â€œgraduatedâ€ from Kid Flash to Flash because Barry died, and now that heâ€™s returned, Wally has to question what he wants to do. He also gets to reexamine his family life, and see where he fits in and what exactly his purpose is. Thatâ€™s going to be the centerpiece of a lot of stories in Titans and beyond in the coming year. Wally will be featured very prominently in Titans following the conclusion of Flash: Rebirth. Weâ€™re going to be addressing all of that â€“ thereâ€™s a lot of story left to be told with Wally.
The interview also talks about a possible role for Barry Allen in Blackest Night
, which seems to have grown from this year’s big Green Lantern
story in the style of Sinestro Corps War
to being this year’s big DC Universe Event-With-a-Capital-E.
This is my biggest problem with the return of Barry Allen. I was looking at Final Crisis #6, and it seemed to me like he was basically back to being Barry's sidekick. I DON'T want to see that become the status quo again. Wally's come too far to return to being a second banana. I also can't see him being anything other than "The Flash."