The CW's The Flash season 7 premiere has been delayed one week to March 2 to make room for the supersized premiere of Superman & Lois on February 23.
The CW superhero show The Flash has had its season 7 premiere delayed to March of this year, pushing it back a week from the originally planned February date. Now that the series Arrow has concluded, The Flash is the longest-running DC show on the network, making the season 7 premiere a highly anticipated event. The Flash also has the responsibility of carrying the core narrative of the Arrowverse.
The Flash season 7 was initially slated to premiere February 23, after The CW decided to hold its DC series for 2021 as a result of the pandemic. It was set to air alongside the new Arrowverse show Superman & Lois. Among other things, the series will follow the story of Superman and Lois Lane attempting to raise two teenage boys together. This new series exists in the same canon as The Flash, and The CW’s decisions for one series ultimately affect the other directly. This isn’t just the case for the shows’ plots; it seems it also applies to the series’ premiere dates.
The CW has announced The Flash season 7 will now premiere on March 2, just one week later than its original date. The move was made to accommodate a supersized premiere for Superman & Lois, which will now last 90 minutes.
Fortunately for fans of The Flash, this is a short delay that shouldn’t affect the viewing schedule of season 7 too much. Though there have been plenty of COVID-19-related delays in the television industry this year, it appears this one is simply a marketing decision by The CW. The premiere delay also shouldn’t have any effect on the plot of season 7. Fans of The Flash have been theorizing constantly about what villains could be returning to the show in these new episodes. There’s also plenty of discussion about the numerous versions of Harrison Wells who could be making appearances on the show following the consequences of Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The Flash’s connection to Superman & Lois via that event is also exciting for viewers. The Arrowverse is known for doing crossover episodes between shows, and it’s likely Superman & Lois and The Flash will get one at some point, considering they're airing on the same night. However, it seems unlikely to happen this season, due to the ongoing pandemic. For some, the slight delay of The Flash season 7 may be a disappointment, but the change seems to be just making room for a new series to help expand the Arrowverse as a whole.