- NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Godspeed from the Arrowverse. The mainstream version can be found here: Godspeed.
|“||Yes, I am a god. The God of Speed.||„|
|~ Godspeed revealing himself to Nora West-Allen and Lia.|
August Heart, also known as Godspeed, is a supporting antagonist in the TV series The Flash, serving as a minor antagonist in Season 5, an unseen antagonist in Season 6 and will return in Season 7 as the main antagonist.
He is a former Mercury Labs intern from the year 2049 who then secretly operated as a villainous speedster who gained his powers from the recreated Velocity-9 drug. He is also the first enemy of Nora West-Allen.
Little is known about August Heart's backstory or why he turned to a life of crime. What is known, however, is that he had a brother named Jorge who died under unknown circumstances.
Prior to the year 2049, he began experimenting on people with tachyons so he give himself speed. Eventually, August successfully became a speedster dubbed "Godspeed" and began stealing chemicals so that he can ensure his Velocity-9-enhanced powers will become permanent.
At some point, August visited the Flash Museum where he saw how Zoom used Velocity-9 in his crime spree. He also met Nora West-Allen. Nora would go on to attempt to stop Godspeed's robberies, but he knocked her down the first time with a lightning bolt, indirectly revealing her hidden speedster powers that her mother secretly dampened.
Later, he was confronted by Nora and was surprised by her newfound powers. He then easily defeated her the second time in speed combat, and after which, he murdered her friend Lia for taking what he aimed to steal before zooming off.
After learning about the speedster's weakness from Eobard Thawne, Nora fought and defeated Godspeed by tricking him into getting in the way of some radio waves that disrupted the V-9 in his system. Heart's actions were exposed and he was then taken into custody by the C.C.P.D.
After Nora was erased from existence, August Heart still existed in the timeline change and became Godspeed regardless, presumably perfecting his Velocity serum and making his powers permanent. However, instead of terrorizing the future, he began creating brainwashed decoys and sending them to attack Team Flash in the past, while also programming them with fail-safes that would force them to make non-language sounds so they wouldn't talk. It is unknown where he currently is and what his true plot is, but the fifth Godspeed duplicate said that "the one who sent him" wanted "infinite velocity".
- This version of Godspeed's origin bears no similarities with his comicbook counterpart's.
- It was widely assumed by fans that Godspeed would be the season's true main antagonist. However, this rumour was debunked when Grace Gibbons was revealed as the main antagonist.
- Although the character was praised for his costume's appearance, fans were largely disappointed that he was only a one-off villain.
- He or rather his many clones appeared it was stated that Godspeed is hiding at an unknown location and that Team Flash has caught his clones he sent after them in Season 6 of the series, mainly due to the timeline change after Nora West-Allen's tragic death.
- For unknown reasons, despite using the Velocity-9, Godspeed's lightning was white just like Savitar's who also proclaimed himself as a speed god.
- However, when killing Lia, his lightning did turn blue for a brief moment.
- While costumed, Godspeed was portrayed by Australian stuntman Ryan Handley who previously portrayed Zoom before his identity was revealed.
- Godspeed is the sixth villainous speedster to appear in the show. The first being Eobard Thawne, the second being Zoom, the third being Trajectory, the fourth being The Rival, and the fifth being Savitar.
- Showrunner Eric Wallace has confirmed that the real Godspeed, August Heart, will return in Season 7.