The upcoming ninth season of The Flash will be the last – a report from Deadline has confirmed. The final season of the long-running superhero show, which airs in 2023, will be reduced to only thirteen episodes – with The CW issuing a midseason order. This would make Season 9 considerably shorter than all previous seasons. It is, however, the longest-running series within the Arrowverse, creeping ahead of its predecessor Arrow by one season.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humor, and spectacle.” Eric Wallace, the executive producer/showrunner of The Flash, said in a statement. “And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race.”
Wallace continued to praise the “amazing” cast and crew who’d “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 helped make The Flash such an unforgettable experience for audiences around the world.“
In January, it was reported that Grant Gustin, who plays Barry Allen/The Flash, had agreed to a one-year deal with the series – which meant he’d sign on for only fifteen episodes in Season 9 – leading to speculation it would become the final season. The Flash debuted on the CW in October 2014, serving as the first spin-off from Arrow, and plays a pivotal role in establishing the Arrowverse.
The Flash sadly becomes the sixth series from the Arrowverse to face the axe after Arrow, Batwoman, Supergirl, DC Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning. In May, FlickLuster reported that Batwoman had been axed after three seasons. The Flash stars Barry Allen as the titular lightning-powered speedster, Candice Patton, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin, Danielle Nicolet, and Kayla Compton.