THE FLASH's Upcoming Season 9 Could Be Its Last (With A Smaller Episode Count Than Usual)

With Jesse L. Martin looking to move on from playing Joe West in The Flash, a new report claims that the confirmed ninth season of The CW series could be its last, albeit with a truncated episode count...

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Jesse L. Martin has started making plans to move on from The Flash after signing a deal to star in NBC's The Irrational. The actor has landed a lead role in the pilot that's based on Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational, but what does that mean for Joe West?

According to the trade, Martin will reprise the role for the previously announced ninth season of the long-running CW show, but he will no longer be a series regular. He will still appear in multiple episodes, but it doesn't sound as if we should expect to see much more of Barry Allen's father figure.

The same could be the case for The Flash itself, as it's been revealed that, "While no formal announcement has been made, sources say there has been talk of the series coming to a conclusion with an abbreviated final season." In other words, the ninth season could be its last, though that's not entirely unexpected.

Grant Gustin only recently signed a deal to be part of a ninth season that's been widely rumoured to be The Flash's final run, and Arrow also wrapped up with a shorted-than-usual final batch of episodes.

Martin probably isn't the only actor looking to move on from the Arrowverse, but Gustin might not be done quite yet. Amidst reports that Warner Bros. is putting all of Ezra Miller's future projects on hold, the actor has been trending worldwide on social media as fans make it clear they would like to see him take over as the Fastest Man Alive on the big screen.

Keep checking back here for updates on The Flash!

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