It looks like Barry Allen will live to fight another day on The CW. Deadline is reporting that Grant Gustin is close to a new deal to return as the Scarlet Speedster in The Flash season 9. The network has yet to officially announce a renewal for the long-running DC series. However, sources indicate that its next season could be its last.
According to Deadline, Gustin shot down an offer from executives that covered multiple years. Instead, he’s negotiating a one-year pact that caps his involvement at only 15 episodes, which would make season 9 the shortest season yet. However, Gustin’s new contract also guarantees a “sizable raise” from his estimated $200,000+ salary per episode. If season 9 does turn out to be The Flash’s swan song, it will solidify its place The CW’s longest-running Arrowverse series. Currently, that record belongs to Arrow, which completed its own eight-year run in 2020.
Back in 2020, Gustin revealed that he was in the process of negotiating his return for seasons 8 and 9 of The Flash before the onset of the coronavirus pandemic halted those talks. Season 8 finally premiered back in November. Last month, the five-part “Armageddon” crossover event aired its last installment. The series is presently gearing up for the launch of its next storyline, which kicks off in a just a few weeks.
The Flash will resume its eighth season on Wednesday, March 9 at 8pm.
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