The Flash season 9 cast: Who is returning for final Arrowverse outing?
DC's sprawling television universe is going out with a bang.
The ninth season of The Flash is almost upon us, marking the end of the Arrowverse as we know it. And now, the longest-running Arrowverse show has confirmed three more returning characters for its final season.
Cosnett, Letscher and Kennedy will reprise their roles as CCPD Detective Eddie Thawne, the original Eobard Thawne/Reverse-Flash and Barry Allen, and Iris West-Allen's daughter Nora West-Allen/XS respectively.
They join the growing list of Arrowverse alums confirmed to be returning for the final season, which also include Supergirl's Nicole Maines, Arrow's Stephen Amell and David Ramsey and Batwoman's Javicia Leslie.
"We're so excited to have Rick join us once more as we put together our final batch of emotional and thrilling episodes," said showrunner Eric Wallace. "It's especially wonderful as Rick was an integral part of the show's inaugural season. So having him return to help us conclude our show's incredible nine-year run was more than a privilege. It was a no-brainer."
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Wallace teased that Kennedy will be "taking her incredible portrayal of Nora West-Allen to even greater heights" in a way viewers have "never seen before".
He added: "The Flash has always been a show about the importance of family. So having the incredible Jessica Parker Kennedy back as fan-favorite speedster XS was always in the cards."
Speaking about Letscher's return, he continued: "Having the incredibly gracious and talented Matt Letscher return for our final season was something we couldn't resist. So, we created a very special story for him, one we've been excited to tell for a while, but couldn't until now. The result is a wild and bittersweet episode we hope fans — both old and new — will love."
The Flash season 9 cast: Who is returning for final Arrowverse outing?
- Grant Gustin as The Flash/Barry Allen
- Candice Patton as Iris West-Allen
- Danielle Panabaker as Frost II
- Danielle Nicolet as Cecile Horton
- Kayla Compton as Allegra Garcia
- Brandon McKnight as Chester P. Runk
- Jon Cor as Chillblaine/Mark Blaine
- Jesse L. Martin as Joe West
- Richard Harmon as Captain Boomerang/Owen Mercer
- Stephen Amell as Green Arrow/Oliver Queen
- Carmen Moore as Kristen Kramer
- Rachel Drance as Taylor Downs
- Josh Chambers as Tar Pit/Joey Monteleone
- Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash/Wally West
- Sendhil Ramamurthy as Bloodwork/Ramsey Rosso
- Patrick Sabongui as David Singh
- Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
- Javicia Leslie as Batwoman and Red Death/Ryan Wilder
- Nicole Maines as Dreamer/Nia Nal
- Andy Mientus as Pied Piper/Hartley Rathaway
- David Ramsey as Spartan/John Diggle
- Matt Letscher as Reverse Flash/Eobard Thawne
- Jessica Parker Kennedy as XS/Nora West-Allen
- Damion Poitier as Goldface/Keith Kanyon
- Max Adler as Hotness/Jaco Birch
- John Wesley Shipp as Henry Allen
- Michelle Harrison as Nora Allen
For more on some of the biggest returns in the Arrowverse, see below.
Stephen Amell as Oliver Queen / Green Arrow
Who is Oliver Queen / Green Arrow? The hero on which this universe was built, Oliver Queen was a spoilt billionaire who became a hardened vigilante after five years spent fighting for survival on a hellish island. Upon returning to civilisation, he made it his mission to clean up the crime-ridden city where he was raised. In the final season of Arrow, Oliver sacrificed his life to put an end to the devastating Crisis on Infinite Earths, which has left fans puzzled as to how he will return here. Whether by flashback, a parallel universe or flat-out resurrection, expect this to get people talking.
Of his return, Amell said (via Instagram): "I'm coming back for the ninth and final season of The Flash. Why? Doesn't matter. How? Doesn't matter. Greg Berlanti called me up, and he said, 'The Flash is ending. Would you like to...' and I said, 'Yes! You don't even have to finish your sentence'. Don't ask me any more f***ing questions about it. Just tune in when it airs later this year."
What else has Stephen Amell been in? Amell broke out in the cast of edgy HBO series Hung, before landing the role of Oliver Queen. Since bowing out of the Arrowverse, he has fronted sci-fi movie Code 8 and wrestling drama Heels.
David Ramsey as John Diggle / Spartan
Who is John Diggle / Spartan? John Diggle was reluctantly assigned to be Oliver Queen's personal bodyguard-stroke-babysitter when he returned to Starling City, but a profound friendship ultimately formed between the two of them. He became a crucial asset in enabling Oliver's daring ideas, later joining him on the frontlines as the helmeted vigilante known as Spartan. At the conclusion of Arrow, John discovered a Green Lantern ring, but has since declined the enormous power it contains over fears it would tear him away from his wife and children.
What else has David Ramsey been in? Ramsey has had recurring roles in US dramas Dexter and Blue Bloods, but his time has been taken up largely by various Arrowverse projects since joining the franchise in 2012.
Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder / Batwoman
Who is Ryan Wilder / Batwoman? Ryan is the second person to take on the mantle of Batwoman in the Arrowverse, after Kate Kane stepped back from the role (a storyline born out of Ruby Rose quitting the show). She spent two seasons in the cape and cowl, which saw her go up against Kate's maniacal sister Alice and other fearsome foes from Gotham City. In The Flash season 9, it is rumoured that we will see both Ryan as Batwoman and an alternate universe version where she becomes the Red Death – a villainous version of Gotham's resident vigilante, powered by the Speed Force.
What else has Javicia Leslie been in? Prior to landing the Batwoman role, Leslie appeared in television dramas The Family Business and God Friended Me. Last year, she featured in Prime Video romcom Something From Tiffany's.
Nicola Maines as Nia Nal / Dreamer
Who is Nia Nal / Dreamer? Dreamer is a character originating from the Supergirl series, who appeared in seasons four through six of the sci-fi drama. The former political speechwriter revealed herself to be an alien from the planet Naltor, with the ability to see the future and project her astral form. When last we saw her, she was embarking on a romantic new relationship with Braniac 5 – nicknamed 'Brainy' – following the defeat of Lex Luthor and his associate Nyxly. Dreamer made history as the first transgender superhero to be regularly featured on a television series.
What else has Nicola Maines been in? Maines has also appeared in television dramas Good Trouble and Yellowjackets, while she is also known for supernatural comedy film Darby and the Dead.
Keiynan Lonsdale as Wally West / Kid Flash
Who is Wally West / Kid Flash? Wally West is the brother-in-law of Barry Allen, who became another Arrowverse speedster after gaining powers from the sinister Doctor Alchemy. He went on to be an important ally of Team Flash and later joined the Legends of Tomorrow for some time-hopping adventures. Kid Flash has been absent for the last three years, so fans will be keen to find out what exactly he's been up to.
What else has Keiynan Lonsdale been in? Besides his recurring role in The Flash, Lonsdale is known for the playing Bram in 2018 romcom Love, Simon and its streaming spin-off Love, Victor. He also appeared in teen dystopia movie The Divergent Series: Insurgent and its sequel Allegiant.
Rick Cosnett as Eddie Thawne
Who is Eddie Thawne? Eddie is an ancestor of Eobard and Joe West’s partner detective in the Central City Police Department, who was first introduced in season 1 before he was killed off. He returned in season 2, season 3 and season 8.
What else has Rick Cosnett been in? Cosnett has also appeared in The Vampire Diaries as Wes Maxfield and in Quantico as Elias Harper.
Matt Letscher as Reverse Flash
Who is Reverse Flash? The original Eobard Thawne AKA Reverse Flash is The Flash’s greatest enemy in the Arrowverse, played by both Tom Cavanagh and Matt Letscher.
What else has Matt Letscher been in? As well as starring in The Flash, Letscher has appeared throughout the Arrowverse series including in Legends of Tomorrow, as well as How I Met Your Father, Narcos: Mexico and The Mask of Zorro.
Jessica Parker Kennedy as Nora West-Allen/XS
Who is Nora West-Allen? Kennedy first appeared in the Arrowverse during the Crisis on Earth-X crossover. She was later revealed to be Barry (Grant Gustin) and Iris’s (Candice Patton) daughter from the future.
What else has Jessica Parker Kennedy starred in? Fans may also recognise Kennedy from the CW series The Secret Circle and the Starz original series Black Sails. She has also appeared in Smallville, Undercovers, Kaya and Colony.