Season 7 was a blast and the eighth will be here in a flash.

The CW has delivered a string of beloved TV shows over the years but few boast as dedicated a fanbase as Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns’ American superhero series.

Based on the Barry Allen incarnation of the DC Comics hero, The Flash premiered back in 2014 to immediate success and served to enrich the Arrowverse as a spin-off from the series Arrow.

Grant Gustin’s portrayal of the titular super-human has remained captivating and audiences have continued to embrace the character’s evolution over the years.

Fortunately, it’s not over yet and renewal for the eighth season was announced in February 2021 ahead of the season 7 premiere. We can’t wait to be welcomed back into the fold, so let’s consider The Flash season 8 release date and what we know so far.

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The Flash season 8 release date

Season 8 of The Flash is scheduled to begin premiering on Tuesday, November 16th 2021 over on The CW.

It’s set to begin with a five-part crossover event that has intriguingly been titled ‘Armageddon’. While this may seem nothing new to those who checked out Crisis On Infinite Earths, this Arrowverse crossover is a different beast because it’s exclusively contained within The Flash.

Despite this, it’s likely that the events will still have an impact on the narrative of other Arrowverse projects.

As for what to expect, the Season 7 finale saw Barry, Iris, Bart, Nora, Jay Garrick, and the physical embodiment of the Speed Force triumph over the villainous Godspeed. He was imprisoned in Iron Heights.

On the other hand, there are reasons for concern considering Reverse-Flash fled the scene in the wake of the showdown. Taking this into consideration we can anticipate the return of Flash’s arch-enemy in the forthcoming episodes.

DC FanDome 2021 | Official Teaser Trailer | DC

DC FanDome 2021 | Official Teaser Trailer | DC

Same hero, new boots

It doesn’t stop there though, with CBR teasing that fans can expect several new villains to make their mark on the series, with the big bad being from a “world of horror and the supernatural.”

Continuing to look ahead, the show’s executive producer – Eric Wallace – has already said that the season will chronicle Barry’s journey to becoming a “confident, incredibly powerful, secure team leader.”

His marriage will be put to the test and, meanwhile, Joe and Cecile are sure to experience hiccups in their relationship too. Additionally, there has been talk of focusing the lens on Iris’ time sickness, Kristen Kramer’s powers and beyond.

We’ve already been treated to a look at Grant in character, sporting some gold boots with a costume that conforms more to the comic book aesthetics of the character. Fans of Flash in print are surely in for a treat.

A cast to celebrate

The crossover event will bring Despero to the screen, a powerful alien being that was introduced in print back in 1960, debuting in DC’s Justice League of America #1.

Tony Curran (Doctor Who) is tackling the important role, with the antagonist’s presence forcing Flash to recruit some allies. That means there’s some great casting to get excited about, including Javicia Leslie (Batwoman), Brandon Routh (The Atom), Cress Williams (Black Lightning), Chyler Leigh (Sentinel), Kat McNamara (Mia Queen), and Osric Chau (Ryan Choi).

Carlos Valdes (Cisco Ramon) and Tom Cavanagh (Harrison Wells / Reverse-Flash) actually left in season 7, although Reverse-Flash is reportedly still going to appear. Carmen Moore and Karan Oberoi will return as Carmen Moore and Godspeed, respectively.

We can also look forward to seeing the likes of Jordan Fisher (Bart), Jessica Parker Kennedy (Nora), Natalie Dreyfuss (Sue Dearbon), and John Wesley Shipp (Jay Garrick) in guest roles.

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