Golden Glider: The Flash's Most Elusive Arrowverse Villain, Explained

On The CW series The Flash, the Scarlet Speedster has gone up against most of his classic foes. Over the course of six seasons, the Arrowverse superhero has tangled with nearly all members of the Rogues, from Mirror Master and the Trickster to Captain Cold and his sister, Golden Glider. Lisa is the sister of Leonard Snart, and she first appeared in the Arrowverse in The Flash‘s Season 1 episode, “Rogue Time.” The character was first introduced when she broke Cold and Heatwave out of prison to form the first version of the Rogues.

However, this version of Golden Glider was much different than in the comic books. In fact, throughout the years, there have been two iterations of Lisa Snart in the DC Universe, and both are very different from the Flash’s Arrowverse villain.

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The original version of Golden Glider first appeared in 1977’s The Flash #250, by Cary Bates and Irv Novick. Here, she too was the sister of Captain Cold, but she wasn’t exactly armed with a gun that shoots liquid gold. When she debuted in the pre-Crisis era of the DC Universe, Lisa Snart was a skilled figure skater in a relationship with one of the Flash’s enemies — the Top.

After a confrontation with the Scarlet Speedster ended with the Top dead, Lisa sought revenge and suited up as the latest member of the Rogues. Armed with special skates that allowed her to skate on ice through the air itself as well as explosive jewels, Golden Glider joined Captain Cold in battle against the Flash for years.

With DC’s New 52 relaunch in 2011, Golden Glider received a major overhaul after debuting in Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato’s The Flash #6. While was still the sister of Captain Cold and still wore her special ice skates as a member of her brother’s Rogues, that was all in the past. In this new continuity, she was now transformed into a metahuman. After an explosion that gave several of the Rogues powers, Lisa didn’t have a physical body of her own.

Instead, she was now an astral figure. She could move at incredible speeds, phase through solid matter and even fly. What’s more, she was also armed with special ribbons that she could use as extensions of herself. Effectively acting as tendrils, these ribbons allow her to grab and trap her enemies and slice through solid objects. Eventually, Lisa would recover her body, but she would still keep her powers.

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On The Flash, the Arrowverse’s Lisa Snart, portrayed by Peyton List, was not an ice skater looking for revenge. She first broke her brother out of prison, and she later kidnapped Cisco so that he would make new weapons for Captain Cold, Heatwave and herself. In the Arrowverse, Lisa doesn’t have special skates or an astral form. Instead, her name is far more literal: she is armed with a gun that shoots a liquid, gold-like substance developed by Cisco.

The character was last seen in Season 2 of The Flash, and she has yet to make further appearances in the Arrowverse. However, following the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” every one of the Flash’s villains can now return with a new set of powers. That could pave to way for the show to introduce a more comic book-accurate Lisa Snart at some point in the future.

Airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, The Flash stars Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Danielle Panabaker, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet and Hartley Sawyer.

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On The Flash, Barry Allen has gone up against many members of the Rogues such as Golden Glider, who is very different from her comic book counterpart.

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