The CW has decided not to renew DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for a ninth season. Following on the heels of Batwoman, the series, which starred an ensemble cast of B-list superheroes, was formally canceled today by the CW. Naomi’s destiny is still out in the air, despite the fact that The Flash and Superman & Lois have already received early renewals. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow would have bucked the odds and lasted as long as Arrow, the first series in The CW’s shared DC multiverse of shows if it had been given the eighth season.
Instead, the series concluded on a cliffhanger with the introduction of Booster Gold (Donald Faison), a long-awaited figure on the show. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, a time-travel show with a rotating cast, shook things up this season by omitting time travel from the first few episodes. The Legends’ seventh season begins with them stuck in 1920s Texas.
Gideon, the AI that managed the team’s times the Waverider, had developed a robotic squad of evil Legends and was hell-bent on murdering the real ones and replacing them with more “efficient” replicas of themselves, it was later revealed. “So, there you have it, folks. It’s been a fantastic run. The CW, on the other hand, has confirmed that there would be no season 8 of Legends of Tomorrow “Keto Shimizu, the showrunner, took to social media to express his thoughts.
“We’re devastated, but we’re also appreciative for the incredible work our actors, crew, and writers put in on the little show that could. Thank you to our fans; your support and enthusiasm for our odd band of misfits has made every break, every screenplay, every daily, every cut, and every mix worthwhile. You’ll always have a spot on the Waverider because we see you, we love you, and we’ll always see you.”
Fans had hoped for a season eight renewal, expecting it would include the “…and last season” suffix. Because many of The CW’s shows have committed fan bases, the network has been accustomed to providing most shows that run for more than one season a heads-up on when their final season would air, so that writers can wrap things up and viewers can get acclimated to the thought of the show ending.
Fans of the Legends series are used to having to say goodbye to treasured characters. A number of former cast members returned for the 100th episode of the show earlier this season, in which a human version of Gideon flashed back to “unseen” moments from the crew’s past. Matt Ryan, who portrayed Constantine on the programmed for numerous years, quit the role at the end of season six and has since been cast in the role of Gwyn Davies, a neurotic, deeply scarred World War I soldier who was instrumental in the discovery of time travel in the 1920s.
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Legends of Tomorrow by Dc Comics Fans React to The Discontinuation of The Show
After news of the critically praised show’s cancellation leaked out, fans of the CW show expressed their displeasure.
Following the news, the showrunners and cast expressed their regret. In a tweet, Kento Shimizu stated Actress Caity Lotz made a similar message on her Instagram account. Fans have opted not to give up their fight for another season, as thankful as the actors and crew of the show are to their followers.
After cancelling Batwoman, The CW has brought the axe down on DC's Legends of Tomorrow. Stargirl still hangs in the balance. https://t.co/qPzJWiNxhT
— Winter is Coming (@WiCnet) April 30, 2022
The show’s lack of a meaningful finale has infuriated fans even more. The campaign to renew DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is quickly gaining traction, and the network is sure to take note.
Alexis Sullivan, a fan, has established a petition on Change.org calling for the show’s renewal. There are presently 13,888 signatures on the petition.