Fans of the Arrowverse are losing another series, as Legends of Tomorrow has just been canceled after running for seven seasons. The CW show features various heroes and villains engaging in time-travel adventures. This is definitely a blow to fans who love these CW superhero shows, as Batwoman was recently canceled as well.
The co-showrunner of Legends of Tomorrow, Keto Shimizu, broke the news on Twitter, and though it’s a bit of bad news, it’s not all that surprising considering The CW seems to be clearing a bit of house around their Arrowerse series. Check out the Tweet below:
Fans might be especially disappointed about the recent Legends of Tomorrow cancellation because the seventh season ended on a cliffhanger. At the end of the season, Scrubs alum Donald Faison appeared as the hero Booster Gold to tell the Legends they would be arrested for their time crimes. This meant the eighth season would see the Legends in jail and the fallout of their arrest. Throughout its run, Legends of Tomorrow starred Caity Loitz, Brandon Routh, Dominic Purcell, Maisie Richardson-Seller, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe, Amy Pemberton, and many more.
Legends of Tomorrow is one of the longest-running series in CW’s Arrowverse. The interconnected universe of shows began in 2012 with Arrow, which came to an end in 2020. In 2021, two more shows from this universe ended with Black Lightning and Supergirl both reaching their conclusion. With the cancellation of Batwoman, there aren’t too many CW DC Universe series left on the network. The long-running The Flash is still going, but with Grant Gustin currently only signed on for one more season, it’s hard to tell how much longer that show will continue. That just leaves Superman & Lois and Stargirl. At least DC fans have several HBO DC series, such as the fantastic Peacemaker and Doom Patrol.
The good news for Legends of Tomorrow fans is there’s always a possibility that the stories of their favorite characters could possibly be resolved on another CW series. The Arrowverse shows often crossover, with characters jumping between shows all the time. It’s certainly a possibility that an episode of The Flash could revisit the Legends of Tomorrow universe. While there aren’t any guarantees, fans could always hold out hope for this possibility.
However, for those who enjoy watching these CW shows, there is another fly in the ointment. Reportedly, WarnerMedia (parent company for the CW) is possibly looking to sell the network. If this sale happens, it’s unlikely that Warner is going to allow DC properties to exist on a network they don’t own. This means that the CW series will either need to come to a premature end — like Legends of Tomorrow and Batwoman — or that the remaining series will need to make the jump to the HBO Max streaming service instead.
With Warner making a full push for content on the HBO Max platform, it would make sense for them to move all of their DC shows under one roof. In any case, it looks like Legends of Tomorrow fans are just going to have to accept a cliffhanger ending for now. We’ll have to see if any of the characters get a second life elsewhere in the DC universe.