Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow canceled: Are CW DC TV shows in trouble?

It’s a sad ending to a series that had really made its progress the last two seasons after a troubled start behind the scenes, which continued to boil over the next two years. Still, the season three finale worked well as a series finale, and Arrowverse TV shows are adept at bringing characters back from canceled shows as guest stars in other series like this season’s Lightning event, “Armageddon,” proved.

A few hours later, word came that Legends of Tomorrow had also received the ax.

Despite the fact that it finally introduced the beloved DC Comics time-traveling superhero Booster Gold in its season finale and ended up on a huge cliffhanger, the series also spent its final episodes giving many characters loving broadcasts, potentially setting the stage for its cancellation . A vocal #RenewLegendsOfTomorrow campaign had kept up the pressure on social media, but in the end it was not enough to save the Waverider crew.

Now the big question is, how many more Arrowverse shows will there be? Currently, the only DC TV shows that The CW has in their arsenal that have been renewed for the 2022-2023 season, Lightning season 9 (which is currently rumored to be an abbreviated last season, as they did for Arrow in its final year) and Superman and Lois season 3. Star girl season 3 is also currently and will come later this summer. However, it’s not technically part of Arrowverse, and it has strong ties to HBO Max (having started its life on the now defunct DC Universe streaming service), so its fate does not appear to be related to any of the its network mates right now.

Which leaves big question marks still hanging over yet another DC show on The CW. The first is Naomi, executive produced by Ava DuVernay and currently airing its first season. It seems unlikely that the network will announce a cancellation before it broadcasts its season finale on May 10th.

There are two wild cards in all of this. The first is that the CW itself is for sale, with Texas-based Nexstar media likely to take a controlling stake in it. As The CW is co-owned by Viacom and WarnerMedia, and with the latter’s new business masters Discovery looking for efficiency gains in the wake of their recent acquisitions, an unprofitable area like The CW and its list of relatively high-budget superhero shows seems like a target for contraction.

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