It’s official! Actor, Grant Gustin, has signed on to reprise his role as the titular character in The Flash season 9. The series, which is an adaptation based on the adventures of DC’s beloved character by the same name, is now waiting on the show’s home network, the CW, to confirm that the ninth season will be picked up. Should the CW move forward, which is expected, The Flash will break a record becoming the longest-running Arrowverse centered series on the network. If this happens, The Flash will beat the reigning champion, Arrow, which closed its final chapter following a very successful eight-season run.
While it appears that Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television were hoping Grant Gustin would sign a multi-year contract, the Arrowverse star only signed on for a single-year deal. Grant Gustin also did a bit of negotiating to raise his pay rate for the hopeful upcoming season. It is said the actor will be making somewhere over $200,000 per episode during the 15 episode run.
The time for the CW to make a decision on bringing The Flash and Grant Gustin back for another season is quickly approaching. Winter into spring is typically the time of year in which networks announce renewals and cancellations, so the reveal should come any day now. For fans of The Flash that may be sweating it, due to the show’s popularity on both the televised CW network as well as digital platforms, the series is fully expected to be brought back for another installment.
After getting his professional acting start in a touring production of West Side Story, Grant Gustin nabbed a role in Ryan Murphy’s musical teenage drama, Glee. Following his successful run on the hit series, the actor moved onto Lifetime original movie, A Mother’s Nightmare as well as an indie film titled, Affluenza. All of these credits led him to his 2013 casting in the Arrowverse series.
Fans of The Flash were nervous that Grant Gustin wouldn’t be returning to reprise his role, but the actor seemed to quell their concerns after an interview with EW following the end of the show’s seventh season. In the sit-down, Gustin commented that he felt incredibly lucky to have his gig as the superhero and that he may “never have a job this cool again.” The actor went on to add that he doesn’t take the series or its massive following “for granted” as he recognizes that most shows don’t get renewed after the completion of their seventh season.
Not bringing The Flash and Grant Gustin back to the network’s upcoming slate of content would be a huge mistake on the CW’s end. Its viewership typically rakes in over 4.5 million watchers per season. With these kinds of numbers, it would be truly foolish for the network to not renew the superhero drama for a ninth season. While the answers surrounding the fate of Grant Gustin and the rest of the cast that would potentially be featured in The Flash season 9 are on hold, we can all look forward to the return of the hit series in just one month. Season 8 of The Flash will pick back up at a new time slot on Wednesday, March 9, at 8 p.m.