After years of fast running, time traveling, and a Crisis on Infinite Earths, The Flash is finally going to wrap up on The CW after nine long seasons. Barry isn’t going alone though, as he takes Team Flash and the entire CW/DC universe with him as all of the shows will also be ending.
Say goodbye to Team Flash
Deadline confirmed that Season 9 of The Flash will be the last one, with 13 episodes given to finish the story of Barry and co. Lead star Grant Gustin will return as Barry Allen himself, while Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker return as Iris West and Caitlin Snow respectively. It’s not yet known what the final season will be about and who the villain is but expect more details by the time Season 9 comes out next year.
Jesse L. Martin, who plays Joe West in The Flash, is currently scheduled for five episodes in the final season and could appear in more if his pilot for NBC, The Irrational, doesn’t push through. It will be interesting to see how they handle Joe West’s story from here on out, now that Martin is only in a couple of episodes.
Showrunner Eric Wallace said in a statement today, "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 for his last race. So many amazing people have given their talents, time, and love to bring this wonderful show to life each week."
Will CW’s The Flash tie in to WB’s The Flash movie?
Interestingly, the midseason order of The Flash Season 9 means that the finale will air a few weeks before Ezra Miller’s The Flash film comes out. Despite fans wanting a crossover, especially after Crisis on Infinite Earths already doing so, The CW made it clear that their finale to The Flash isn’t setting up a movie whatsoever.
"The series' ending is expected to wrap its own storyline and not set up the movie in any way,” according to Deadline.
Admittedly, we wouldn’t mind if Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen ends up in the film and outright replaces Ezra Miller, especially after everything the actor has done in the past year. That probably won’t happen, given how expensive the reshoots will be, but we think it’s fair to say that Grant Gustin is the best live-action Flash by default.
There’s still some DC in The CW
While The Flash’s final season marks the end of the Arrowverse, there are still some DC shows to check out. Superman & Lois has been a fan favorite since it debuted, with many saying that Tyler Hoechlin is their favorite live-action iteration of The Man of Steel.
On the opposite end, many are dreading what The CW is planning with Gotham Knights since it doesn’t have most of the Bat-Family outside of Stephanie Brown and Harper Row. Hopefully, the video game fares better.
No matter how you feel about The Flash ending, it’s fair to say that it will go down as one of the most popular comic book adaptations out there. The Flash was flawed but the fact that it never felt ashamed about its comic book roots was a good thing and should be something we see in more superhero movies.