In this question, the answer explores the calculated and proposed speeds that the flash can run/jog at.

In this question, it was determined the Flash could run faster than the speed of light. To me these beg a single question.

Can the Flash run fast enough to escape a black hole?

EDIT: Assume the black hole is "sucking" a massive asteroid belt, and the flash is "running and jumping" from asteroid to asteroid.

EDIT2: I found a link here where it is mentioned the Flash can step on single molecules. Even without the asteroids, let's assume this is true (as there's things flying into the black hole for him to "step?" on). This may not be canon, but it's been seen by multiple people, so maybe there is canon somewhere?

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    Shouldn't that depend on the distance to the black hole?
    – Bardo
    Feb 17, 2016 at 17:06
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    Superman can fly fast enough -- scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/80794/… Flash has two problems, I guess: (i) he needs some kind of surface to run on -- which you have now addressed in your question --, (ii) tidal forces. - math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/BlackHoles/… Feb 17, 2016 at 17:44
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    If this has or were to come up in the comics, the answer is, whatever the writers decide. As a thought exercise, it breaks down with the impossibility of The Flash's powers.
    – Politank-Z
    Feb 17, 2016 at 17:46
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    m.reddit.com/r/whowouldwin/comments/3cnhsk/… If you're asking, from a physics standpoint, could he run fast enough to escape a black hole's event horizon, assuming somehow he could actually run as fast as depicted in comics, the answer is "no", but from an in comics universe standpoint, "probably yes."
    – Kai
    Feb 17, 2016 at 17:51
  • @Kai I understand the Physics standpoint about there being no "out" of a black hole, but if you've read some of the Pre-Crisis Superman (like in the link in the comment above, it says that Superman literally breaks time and space, and therefore there would be an "out" to the black hole, albeit a "out of reality/space/time/time space continuum" thing.
    – Anoplexian
    Feb 17, 2016 at 17:55

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In the Arrowverse Flash. A black hole forms over Central City and the Flash is able to run in the opposite direction to collapse it (with the assistance of FireStorm).

In the DCAU:

When Flash faces Brainiac/Luther, he runs so fast he is kind of gets absorbed by the Speed Force. He states that he can't ever go that fast again, or he might not come back. - JLU "Divided We Fall"

Another time, Flash, with the help of Green Lantern, is able to run fast enough to throw some kind of generator to open a worm hole which is threatening the sun. Which is kind of like outrunning a blackhole, except he is running towards it... - JLA "Eclipsed: Part 2"


In " Flash The Human Race " i suppose The Flash runs from the edge of the universe ( Weird right ) back to earth. There he asks everyone on earth to run to gather enough kinetic energy. He asks the space gamblers that are putting the fastest beings in every planet. Flash tells them that he would race the space gamblers back to earth to save everybody's planet. They reply by saying that that is impossible because they can teleport. He races them and runs faster than any word in time can describe. Practically he defies time. A blackhole is so fast that not even light can escape, but the Flash surfaces that speed. In my opinion if the flash had a surface to run on he could.

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