The CW Passes On Bringing Back Jesse L. Martin For ‘The Flash’ Season 9

The actor played Detective Joe West, the father to Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, for all eight seasons of the show.

The actor played Detective Joe West, the father to Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, for all eight seasons of the show.


It’s learned that The CW has decided to pass on bringing back Jesse L. Martin as Detective Joe West, the father to Grant Gustin’s Barry Allen, for The Flash Season 9, which is thought to be the final season.

Deadline reports that Jesse L. Martin was the only one of the four original cast members still left on the show not to be brought back for The Flash Season 9, as Grant Gustin closed his deal last month, and Candice Patton and Danielle Panabaker are believed to be in negotiations to return as regulars, but Martin had not been approached to come back.

However, it is said that Jesse L. Martin is expected to still appear in multiple episodes, which we can guess would be something like the finale of the show if it is indeed ending as is expected.

Martin played Joe West for all eight seasons starting back when the series first premiered on October 7, 2014, with almost 5 million viewers tuning in.

Jesse L. Martin The Flash

Jesse L. Martin starring in NBC’s The Irrational 

The good news is that since Martin is no longer attached to The Flash, he is now starring in a new series for NBC, The Irrational, and is producing the pilot episode.

The Irrational is written by Arika Mittmanbased (Timeless, Dexter) and is based on bestselling author Dan Ariely’s “Predictably Irrational” and centers on Alec Baker (Martin), a world-renowned professor of behavioral psychology with a unique insight into human nature who lends his expertise to an array of high-stakes cases involving governments, corporations, and law enforcement. However, he meets his match in a female domestic terror suspect who turns his world upside down.

Regarding The Flash Season 9 being the last, it has previously been reported that Grant Gustin signed on for one more shortened season consisting of 15 episodes instead of the usual 22.

Following all the drama surrounding Ezra Miller, fans again took to social media to campaign for Grant Gustin to become the Scarlet Speedster of the DC films universe. Miller did cameo with Gustin in the Crisis event crossover on The CW, so maybe Gustin will cameo and appear in The Flash movie.

(via Deadline)

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