After eight years on-air it's now been confirmed that The Flash will end with season nine of the popular superhero show, bringing the Arrowverse to a close.
As reported by Deadline, The Flash will debut its final season in 2023 consisting of 13 episodes. At one point the Grant Gustin-led series was seen as the flagship show for The CW network and has continued to perform admirably well over the years in the US, with the season eight finale bringing in 1.03 million viewers. It has also acted as a major incentive for Netflix's streaming catalogue in the country.
Similar to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Flash was part of its own interconnected universe of DC shows – known as the Arrowverse – with Arrow being the first series in 2012. Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwomen all followed. All of these were subsequently cancelled with The Flash being the last one to go.
Instead, the CW has focused on several standalone DC shows, such as the delightful Superman & Lois as well as Stargirl and the upcoming Batman spinoff, Gotham Knights.
“Nine seasons! Nine years of saving Central City while taking audiences on an emotional journey full of heart, humour, and spectacle. And now Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his last race,” said The Flash showrunner Eric Wallace.
“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 honour 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."
The first eight seasons can be watched on Netflix in the US now, while those in the UK can catch up with the speedster via Sky Go, Now TV or Virgin TV. Season nine is expected to debut on the streaming platform shortly after premiering on The CW. All episodes of season eight were uploaded to Netflix eight days after the season finale, for instance.
Keeping with superhero news, last week San Diego Comic-Con took place with DC giving new looks at Shazam 2 and Black Adam. Meanwhile, Marvel announced Avengers: The Kang Dynasty and Avengers: Secret Wars announced – and that's not even the best bit.