The Flash has been going strong on The CW ever since it premiered back in 2014 and expanded the Arrow-verse. The show has gone through a lot of changes over the years, and who could have guessed back in Season 1 that Barry and Iris’ adult daughter would someday be working with Eobard Thawne to stop Barry from disappearing?
The Flash was renewed for Season 6 back in January along with a bunch of other shows, and now news has broken that there will be a big change behind the scenes. A new showrunner is on board.
Todd Helbing is stepping down as showrunner following the conclusion of Season 5, and he’ll be replaced by Eric Wallace. Helbing has been showrunner on The Flash for the past two seasons, having taken over after previous showrunner Andrew Kreisberg was fired following a sexual harassment investigation. He is leaving to focus on his overall deal with WB TV. Eric Wallace is no newcomer to The Flash, as he has been on board as a co-executive producer and then executive producer since Season 4.
Unlike Andrew Kreisberg, Todd Helbing apparently leaves The Flash of his own volition. In a statement (via Deadline), Arrow-verse superproducer Greg Berlanti said that while everybody at The Flash is sad to see Helbing depart, everybody will “be better for the many shows he will no doubt create and run in the future.” Berlanti went on to say this about the new showrunner: