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CW Boss Claims Superman Lois Died For James Gunns Man of Steel
CW Boss Claims Superman Lois Died For James Gunns Man of Steel
Jul 23, 2024 4:03 PM

  In its heyday, The CWs Arrowverse was the center of superhero universe discussions and undeniably one of DCs most triumphant live-action ventures in the 2010s. However, recent times have seen the networks superhero lineup come to a close, with Superman Lois standing as the final Arrowverse series set for one more season.  During an interview with TheWrap, CWs entertainment president Brad Schwartz and overall company president Dennis Miller discussed the retention of certain shows from the previous management era. They revealed that despite Superman Lois performing commendably in prior seasons, Warner Bros. made the decision to cap it at four seasons. According to Schwartz, this is to avoid having a conflicting Superman product in the market, thereby attributing the shows eventual end to James Gunns upcoming Superman: Legacy in 2025.  This isnt the first instance where the Arrowverse has faced such constraints WB had earlier asked Arrow creators to introduce characters like Deadshot and Amanda Waller – who later appeared in the Suicide Squad film – to familiarize audiences with them. There were also intentions to incorporate Harley Quinn into the show, but those plans were abandoned following her lead role in the movie. Consequently, characters like Deadshot, Waller, Katana, and Deathstroke, who played recurring roles, were either killed off or written out due to their potential involvement in standalone films.  DC has placed the Arrowverse in a peculiar situation, particularly considering Grant Gustins portrayal of The Flash persisted alongside Ezra Millers cinematic run. Batman has largely escaped this overlap, with Gotham airing during Ben Afflecks tenure and Robert Pattinsons version coexisting with other Bat-characters in different projects.  Under the new CW leadership, financial restructuring is underway to recover losses incurred by the former administration. Schwartz acknowledged significant monetary losses when he and Miller took over, resulting in cost-cutting measures. For its final season, Superman Lois had to part ways with several long-standing series regulars and writers, and the episode count was reduced from the standard 13-15 episodes to just ten. Other veteran shows like All American and Walker will remain on the network, provided their budgets stay relatively stable.  In any case, a four-season run is a respectable accomplishment for any television series. While longevity can sometimes be a challenge for TV shows, especially on this network, Superman Lois at least gets to conclude on its own terms, delivering as conclusive an ending as possible within its allotted time.  For more io9 updates, check out release schedules for the latest Marvel, Star Wars, and Star Trek projects, delve into the future of the DC Universe across film and TV, and get all the essential information about the next chapter of Doctor Who.

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