The Flash on CW ends with season 9, leaving the Arrowverse nearly dead


The Flash is officially wrapping up its run on the CW, meaning the Arrowverse that used to drive so much of the network’s programming is now nearly dead.

As reported by The Wrap, executive producer Eric Wallace announced that The Flash’s ninth season would be its last, writing that “Barry Allen has reached the starting gate for his final race.”

“So many amazing people have given their talents, time and love to bring this amazing show to life every week,” Wallace said in a statement. “So, as we prepare to honor the show’s incredible legacy with our exciting final chapter, I want to thank our phenomenal cast, writers, producers and crew over the years who helped make ‘The Flash’ such a unforgettable experience for audiences all over the world.”

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The Flash is the last of the “OG Arrowverse” shows, most of which were in production between 2020 and 2022, including Arrow, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman. They won praise for their humor, interconnected crossover events, and their outspoken take on the DC Comics universe amid the DCEU’s battle.

But with the CW’s downsizing following its recent sales and the ongoing complications of filming during the pandemic, the writing was on the wall for the Arrowverse. Of the various shows on the network so far, only Arrow and Supergirl have been allowed to go out on their own terms, with Legends of Tomorrow on an unresolved cliffhanger.

Either way, pour one out for the Arrowverse, which was a merry but uneven part of superhero television during its run in the 2010s. The Flash Season 9 is scheduled to debut in 2023 and will continue over the course of its final 13 episodes.

As for the separate DCEU movie starring Ezra Miller, we’ll just have to see.

Kat Bailey is Senior News Editor at IGN and co-host of Nintendo Voice Chat. Do you have a tip? Send her a DM at @the_katbot.

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