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The Arrowverse is not dead. Despite the cancellations of its initial CW programs, Greg Berlanti’s DC universe remains safe.
Once its flagship series, Arrow, ended on January 28, 2020, after eight seasons, people began to speculate the demise of its successors.
Part of this is wishful thinking.
There are DC fans who despise these shows and for some reason want them to go away.
Keep in mind that if you don’t like them, you can simply avoid them.
There’s no reason to rob other people of their enjoyment.
Another reason is political.
Greg Berlanti’s DC TV series tend to veer towards the left, reflecting the progressive viewpoints of their younger views.
Series like Supergirl and Black Lightning tackled real-life issues such as xenophobia and Black Lives Matter with thinly veiled analogies.
Regardless of people’s sides of the political fence, Greg Berlanti’s shows were among DC’s most faithful in translating comic-book properties to the screen, small or otherwise.
The Arrowverse is steeped in Bronze Age DC history, from adapting 1986’s Crisis on Infinite Earths to even introducing Justice League Detroit members such as Vibe and Vixen.
However, Black Lightning and Supergirl were suddenly given their pink slips.
The Arrow spin-off, Green Arrow and the Canaries, wasn’t picked up as a series.
Naysayers said it was the end of the world.
Greg Berlanti’s Arrowverse Shows Will Get Higher Budgets
If it is, everyone feels fine.
The Canaries show was stopped in its tracks mainly because of COVID-19.
Dropping ratings helped ground Supergirl but another show, the more expensive Superman & Lois, somewhat made it redundant in a tight programming schedule.
Black Lightning will spin off into Painkiller.
Going forward, various Arrowverse series on the CW will be co-financed by streamer sibling HBO Max.
Those higher budgets can be seen already on Stargirl and Superman & Lois.
The Arrowverse is not dead; instead, it’s being upgraded.