The CW has confirmed that the upcoming ninth season of The Flash will be the last.
First premiering in 2014 as a spin-off from Arrow, The Flash follows the story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) as he becomes the titular superhero after a freak accident gives him super speed.
The final season, which is currently slated to air in 2023, will consist of 13 episodes and production is due to start in September. While the full cast has yet to be announced, it has been confirmed that Jesse L. Martin will only be reprising the role of Joe West in a recurring role due to his commitments to The Irrational.
In a statement, showrunner and executive producer Eric Wallace said “Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor and spectacle. And now, Barry Allen has reached the starting gate of his last race. So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week. So, as we get ready to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to say thank you to our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who have helped make The Flash such an unforgettable experience for the audience around the world.”
Danielle Panabaker, who plays Dr Caitlin Snow/Killer Frost/Frost on the show, took to Instagram to thank fans for their support over the show’s run and expressed her gratitude for being able to be a part of the series for so long.
The final season of The Flash also marks the end of the so-called “Arrowverse,” as The Flash is the only show in the original group still in production. Arrow came to an end in 2020 after eight seasons, Supergirl and Black Lightning aired their final seasons in 2021, while both Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow both concluded in March 2022. The remaining DC adaptations on the CW – Stargirl, Superman & Lois and Gotham Knights – are not part of the shared universe.
The Flash seasons 1-8 are available to watch on Sky Max and Sky Showcase.
Words by Megan Roxburgh.
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