Caroline Dries, the CW’s Batwomen showrunner, stated on Twitter that the DC superhero drama will not be renewed for a second season.
Dries writes in a tweet, “I just found out that there will be no fourth season of #Batwoman. I’m disappointed but grateful.” Dries went on to thank the show’s producers, actors, crew, and fans, saying it was a pleasure to make 51 episodes.
In 2019, Batwomen debuted as part of The CW’s DC universe of TV programs. Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne’s cousin who dons a cowl to battle crime, was played by Ruby Rose in the original series.
Rose announced her departure from the show after the first season, with both Rose and CW citing various reasons for the breakup. The original idea was to replace Rose’s role, but that was scrapped in favor of a new character, Ryan Wilder, played by Javicia Leslie, inheriting Batwoman’s title.
Leslie appeared in two seasons as Wilder’s Batwomen, the most recent of which began on October 13, 2021. It would turn out to be the character’s final season.
In Batgirl #50, Ryan Wilder Makes Her Comic Debut.
‘Batwoman’ Canceled After Three Seasons at CW https://t.co/HZlMErVbgA
— Variety (@Variety) April 29, 2022
The CW has not stated a reason for canceling Batwoman, but the news comes after a rumor that the network’s owners, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, are trying to sell it. Despite the allegation, The CW is still looking into new DC shows, such as Gotham Knights, and has renewed others, such as The Flash, for the ninth season.
Are There Going to Be Any More Arrow-verse Shows?
The Flash season 9 (which is presently speculated to be a reduced last season, similar to what they did with Arrow in its final year) and Superman & Lois season 3 are the only DC TV shows currently on The CW’s schedule that has been renewed for the 2022-2023 season.
Season 3 of Stargirl is presently in production and will be released later this summer. It isn’t strictly part of the Arrow-verse, and it has significant ties to HBO Max (having started on the now-defunct DC Universe streaming service), thus its fate appears to be unrelated to some of its network-mates for the time being.
As a result, there are still a lot of unanswered questions about another DC show on The CW. The first is Naomi, which is presently airing its debut season and is executive produced by Ava DuVernay. It appears doubtful that the network will cancel the show before the season finale on May 10.
In all of this, there are two wild cards. The first is that The CW is available for sale, with Texas-based Nexstar Media poised to acquire a majority stake. Because Viacom and Warner Media hold The CW, and the latter’s new corporate masters, Discovery, are seeking efficiency in the aftermath of their recent acquisition, an unproductive region like The CW and its portfolio of relatively high-budget superheroes shows appears to be a target for contraction.
The other is that The CW has ordered a pilot for Gotham Knights, a DC series set in a near-future Gotham City with an extended Bat family of heritage heroes. Several characters have been cast, including Misha Collins (Supernatural) as Harvey Dent. It’s unclear if this is the type of project that may end up on HBO Max if it doesn’t get picked up by The CW, given the streaming service already has its slate of DC and Batman-related projects in development.
The CW’s upfront presentation on May 19 appears to be the latest we’ll learn about Naomi’s fate and the Gotham Knights pilot (as well as whether The Flash season 9 will be the show’s final season). That date, hopefully, will bring only positive news to Arrow verse lovers who have had a bad day.