As of now, all four Arrowverse shows are thriving, with The CW impressed enough in their performances and reception to renew each of them for another season. However, a source has told us that once these next runs have wrapped up, the shape of the shared DC TV universe could be very different. For starters, one of the shows may be in danger of being forcibly cancelled due to worries over ratings. And that unlucky show’s Supergirl.
From what we understand, The CW hasn’t been all too pleased with the viewing figures for the Girl of Steel’s solo series of late. If things continue as they are or decline even more, it’s possible that the network will wrap things up. They seem keen to keep the Super-brand going, however, as a Superman show would likely take Supergirl‘s place on the schedule. As stated in previous reports on the topic, this would feature Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch returning as Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
Unfortunately, Supergirl facing cancellation is not a new experience for fans of the show. Remember that the Melissa Benoist vehicle initially aired on CBS before the network neglected to renew it after a single season. The CW then picked it up, moved production from Los Angeles to Vancouver and properly folded Supergirl into the Arrowverse. It’s been a great home for the show ever since, but who knows for how much longer that’ll last.
This might not be the only major change coming to the franchise, though, as we’ve also been told that both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow could be brought to a close following their eighth and fifth seasons, respectively. The thinking is that the Arrowverse will be freshened up following the big “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover coming this fall. If that’s correct, then only The Flash and Batwoman will remain, with a Superman show and more unannounced projects presumably joining them.
We’ve at least got the rest of Supergirl season 4 and season 5 to go first, though, and episode 4×14 “What’s So Funny About Truth, Justice and the American Way?” airs on Sunday, March 3rd.