Last night, the CW took an unusual ax to two of its Arrowverse series, Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, canceling them after three and seven seasons respectively. While Batwoman has its fans and they are sad about its cancellation, what was done to Legends of Tomorrow seems downright cruel.
While other Arrowverse shows like Arrow and Supergirl have been canceled in recent years, they knew they ended early and got a series finale that…knew it was a series finale. That Legends of Tomorrow aired for seven years and ended on a total cliffhanger is terrible, especially for its lead role, Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance, who has appeared in some 150 episodes of Arrowverse shows across five different series. . And now she’ll just…disappear.
In a situation like this, you might have expected the trade-off to be a green-lit shortened final season to sort out the remaining storylines. That seems to be what’s happening with The Flash, which has a shorter season 9, and it seems to be the last. But the CW couldn’t spare that for Legends of Tomorrow, and while in theory its characters could appear elsewhere in the Arrowverse in the future, that’s kind of the second half of the story.
It seems pretty clear that WB/DC is well on its way to completely dismantling the Arrowverse, and almost everything near it. Arrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning, Batwoman, and Legends of Tomorrow are everywhere now. The Flash will end in another season, most likely. That leaves Superman and Lois, which appears to be a bridging program between CW fare and HBO Max content, but even that may not have the longest lifespan as DC shifts to higher-grossing series. budget and movie-related like James Gunn’s Peacemaker or Matt Reeves’ upcoming Batman spin-off Penguin. The obvious pressure of Disney Plus’ Marvel series is there, and the low-rated Arrowverse series in their seventh, eighth, and ninth seasons seem like relics from another era. There may be a few final attempts at this style of spectacle like the next Gotham Knights series, but again the core of the Arrowverse has more or less been completely excised at this point, and will be completely gone when The Flash will end.
I would say that in a normal year the CW would probably have picked up these shows for another season, but the final complicating factor here is that the CW goes on sale, and poorly performing series aren’t exactly a boon to that process . And the deal the CW had with Netflix to air its series after it aired wouldn’t apply to future seasons of those shows, another factor in the decision, most likely.
Ultimately, it boils down to “it’s just business, not personal,” but it will feel personal to many fans who expected seven years of investment in a show like Legends to produce something resembling at least to a satisfying conclusion rather than a cliffhanger. . Bad luck, unless plans change.
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