Outside of the obvious, the longest-running wing of the Arrowverse is The Flash. Beginning life as a back-door pilot spun off from Arrow, the adventures of the Scarlet Speedster have been zipping along on since 2014. The Flash season 7 is a lock but the show’s speedy run may come to an end soon.
After an explosion at a particle accelerator leaves crime scene investigator Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) with super speed, he uses his newfound abilities to fight crime and track down other “metahumans.” Over the years he’s run really fast, traveled through time, battled supervillains, and tangled with daddy issues on multiple fronts.
In 2014, The Flash series won a People’s Choice Award for the best new show and played a key a part in the Crisis on Infinite Earths storyline in the Arrowverse. The CW quickly greenlit The Flash season 7.
Fans Accuse Danielle Panabaker Of Racism, Push For Firing
Large groups of fans of The Flash TV series are now pushing for Danielle Panabaker to be fired before the start of The Flash season 7. They claim there’s evidence of racism from the actress, who has been a pivotal part of the show since season one.
Panabaker plays Dr. Caitlin Snow aka Killer Frost on the show and she’s not usually the controversial type. But in a complicated, nearly incomprehensible series of tweets activists are trying to portray her as a white supremacist.
The tangled web of “evidence” they present is so overly complicated it’s nearly incomprehensible but if you’re interested you can read it here. If you need to go to these strange lengths to try and prove someone is a racist it’s probably safe to say they are not a racist and that these accusations against Danielle Panabaker are totally unfounded.
That hasn’t stopped the mob though. There’s a change.org petition that’s rapidly gaining signatures and the internet is rapidly filling up with comments like these…
The CW has yet to issue a statement, but as they come under increasing fire they may be forced to.
Hartley Sawyer Fired From The Flash Season 7
Actor Hartley Sawyer will not return for The Flash season 7. Sawyer has played Ralph Dibny aka The Elongated Man on the superhero show since season 5 and was originally slated to return for season 7. However, The CW made the decision to part ways with the actor after a series of controversial tweets from his past resurfaced.
Here’s a sampling of those tweets as collected by activists on Twitter…
The Flash season 7 showrunners issued the following statement on Hartley’s sudden firing: “In regards to Mr. Sawyer’s posts on social media, we do not tolerate derogatory remarks that target any race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, or sexual orientation. Such remarks are antithetical to our values and polices, which strive and evolve to promote a safe, inclusive and productive environment for our workforce.”
The Flash’s lead actor, Grant Gustin (who will be back for season 7) posted on his Instagram to denounce those statements, but those posts have since been deleted.
Most of those tweets are from 2014 or even earlier and probably don’t necessarily reflect Hartley Sawyer’s views now. Back then he was in his early twenties, the world was a totally different place, and most of them seem like they were meant as jokes. Tasteless jokes, but jokes nonetheless.
Still, that doesn’t matter. The standard of our current culture is that anything and everything you say can and will be taken seriously and that it doesn’t matter how long ago you said it. Given that now widely understood standard, he should have had the sense to delete those tweets long ago. Now not only is Hartley Sawyer out of The Flash season 7, his entire career is almost certainly over.
The Future Of The Flash
Series star Grant Gustin recently revealed he is only under contract for The Flash season 7 and when they tried to negotiate for an eighth season, well here’s how Gustin explained it, “The conversations actually had started already for adding a potential eighth and ninth [season], but then this pandemic happened, and everything has stopped.”
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown everything into chaos and it’s hard to say what will happen now. Gustin says, “We don’t know when we’re back, and I don’t know when we’re going to continue the renegotiation talks.”
While Grant Gustin and much of the other cast have signed on for a Flash season 8, that is increasingly sounding like the end of the show for The CW. While nothing has been confirmed, rumors continue to pop up that Grant Gustin wants out, and now so do key co-stars. We’ll be seeing an eight season, but odds seem high that it may be the end for the series.