"Having the ability to help someone, but do nothing—that is a far worse death than anything the Trickster has for you. But rising above that fear and saving those lives, that's a greater life. So rise up. I don't think it's a stretch for you."
Barry Allen to Ralph Dibny
"The Elongated Knight Rises" is the eleventh episode of the fourth season of The Flash, and the eightieth episode overall. It aired on January 23, 2018.


When a familiar villain returns to terrorize Central City, Ralph must rise up to defend the innocent while Barry is imprisoned. Meanwhile, Barry searches for the strength to keep his optimism alive in the face of his new circumstances.[src]



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  • The title references the final entry in The Dark Knight trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, which also sees a superhero battle his fear and grow stronger.
  • After seeing his father writing "Henry Allen was here" on the wall of the jail cell, Barry writes "So was Barry". This is a possible nod to "Brooks was here" and "So was Red", from the 1994 film The Shawshank Redemption.
    • When Barry met Axel in prison and said that he was innocent, Axel replied that everyone there was innocent, another possible reference to the scene from the film where Red meets Andy.
  • While trying to come up with a superhero name while talking to the suicide bomber, Ralph references to two Marvel Comics Superheroes.
    • He says "It's your friendly neighborhood superhero," referencing Spider-Man.
    • He continues that phrase with "Mister..." but stops there, referencing Mister Fantastic, a Marvel superhero with similar powers.
      • This is a parallel to a similar situation back in "Flash vs. Arrow" when Iris asked the Flash what his real name was. Barry suggested "Ralph", which is coincidentally Elongated Man's civilian first name.
  • After Ralph is burnt by the Axid, Cisco claims that he would not have got the burn if he had Xenomorph blood as in the 1979 film Alien.
  • Axel calls Ralph "strong-arm Stretch Armstrong" as a reference to the action figure Stretch Armstrong.
  • When Iris gives Ralph his new suit, Ralph looks at it and responds, "Groovy...", which is a catch phrase of anti-hero Ash Williams.
  • Beebo makes several appearances in the episode.
  • This is the second appearance of Mystery Girl, who is seen writing in a notebook with the same symbols that Barry used when he first came out of the Speed Force.


  • Harry accidentally calls Dibny "Disney" isntead of his name while they were trying to heal Dibny's knee from the Axcid burns.


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