David Singh

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David Singh
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Interior artwork from The Flash Secret Files & Origins #1 (May 2010 DC Comics). Art by Francis Manapul.
Publication information
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance

Flash Secret Files and Origins #2010

(May, 2010)
Created by Geoff Johns
Francis Manapul
In-story information
Alter ego David Singh
Team affiliations Central City Police Department
Abilities

David Singh is a fictional character who appears in various DC Comics publications. He is Crime Lab Director for the Central City Police Department, who takes Barry Allen into his lab on Captain Frye's orders.

Fictional character biography

David Singh is the director of the crime lab at the Central City Police Department. When he took over, the lab began to emphasize quantity of cases solved over quality, which resulted in the alienation of some longtime scientists, such as Patty Spivot. Barry Allen is back working for the C.C.P.D. and Captain Fyre has put him under Singh's charge. On his first day back Singh give him the case of the murdered Mirror Monarch. Then later Singh catches Barry looking though the Jason Hicks files, a case that had been closed and already went to trial. Barry explains that Jason's mother came to him for help and accuses Singh of pretending to give a damn about his job.[1]

Singh is about to argue back but James Forrest calls him to his computer. Singh had Forrest check the Mirror Monarch's body for clues and Forrest found blood, that didn't belong to the victim, on his glove. The blood matches Barry Allen, but instead of accusing Barry, Singh yells at him for contaminating the crime scene. He then belittles Barry saying, if he wants to accuse people of being sloppy he should make sure his cases are clean first.[2]

Later Singh notices the Hicks files are missing and so is Barry. Unknown to Singh, Barry gave the file to Iris West-Allen and she did some research and learned that the real murderer was Rory Tork. Once Jason Hicks was freed Singh re-examined his job and realized he may have closed cases in haste. That's why his first order back in the office is to reopen all closed cases from the past six months.

Road to Flashpoint

David Singh has ordered reopening of every case closed by his department over the last 6 months, and has ordered his team to work overtime, including Saturdays. He then puts Barry Allen on the possible death case of the Elongated Kid. Later when Patty Spivot returns to the Crime Lab to do Barry a favor, Singh gives her a hard time, but he's happy she is there to help. David Singh is the Crime Lab Director, for the Central City Police Department. He reports directly to Captain Frye, and is not pleased with having to take Barry Allen into his Lab on the Captain's orders.[3]

Flashpoint

In this alternate reality, Singh is still head of the Central City Police Crime Lab, and he is one of the few people in Central City who believe Citizen Cold is really a murderer and not a hero, all he needs is some cold hard evidence.

The New 52

After the DC Event Flashpoint, the entire DC Universe was altered into a five-year timeline. Singh is shown to be the same person he was prior to the New 52 except for several significant details. Upon Barry Allen's apparent death, Singh was put into a far more sympathetic light when he comforted Patty Spivot at his apartment. Singh is also secretly homosexual, being in a relationship with the ex-vigilante Pied Piper, who is a celebrated musician in Central City. Singh is shown to be a very good leader when Central City went under a black-out, dispersing his team out into the city to keep order and just as well getting his hands dirty in keeping the peace. Upon the Rogues battle with The Flash, Piper was injured and Singh was shown by his side during the fight.[4]

In other media

Television

  • Patrick Sabongui plays David Singh on The CW's The Flash.[5] Singh is Captain of the CCPD, not simply the head of the crime lab. Throughout the first half of Season 1, Singh is shown being hard on Barry for being late or clumsy. During the second half, he begins to treat Barry more equally and they begin to have mutual respect toward one another. Although he initially approves of a task force to capture the Flash, he warms up to the idea of the Flash after a street battle between him and Captain Cold and Heat Wave. He even asks Detective Joe West to have his daughter, Iris, contact the Flash for help when the Weather Wizard starts killing people to get to Joe. This version of the character is also gay, his fiancé Rob being shown in the Season 1 episodes "Out of Time" and "The Trap". Singh's Earth-Two counterpart is a criminal that Barry witnesses being arrested ("Welcome to Earth-2").
  • David Singh appears in Arrow, with Patrick Sabongui reprising his role. In episode "Second Chances" Green Arrow contacts Captain Singh and asks him about Tina Boland's history 2 years ago when S.T.A.R. Labs' particle accelarator exploded.
  • Singh, as played by Sabongui, also appears in the Supergirl episode Crisis on Earth-X Part 1, a major crossover event between all of the live-action Arrowverse shows. In the episode, Singh and Rob are shown as guests at Barry and Iris' wedding.

References

  1. ^ Flash (vol. 3) #12 (July 2011)
  2. ^ Flash Secret Files and Origins 2010 (May 2010)
  3. ^ Flash (vol. 3) #1 (June 2010)
  4. ^ Flash (vol. 4) #1 (November 2011)
  5. ^ Philiana Ng. "'Flash': Patrick Sabongui Joins as David Singh - The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. 

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