During a presentation Thursday for the Television Critics Association press tour, The CW dropped renewals for all five of its major DC TV shows, including the four core series that form the Arrowverse – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.
But The CW’s network president Mark Pedowitz also confirmed that there are “no discussions” to incorporate series like Titans from the recently launched DC Universe streaming service into the fold, ruling out appearances by Brenton Thwaites’ Dick Grayson.
Titans was met with mixed reception but has still remained a notable addition to DC’s live-action portfolio. The series features the first live-action versions of many popular DC characters, including Starfire, Raven and Beast Boy. Though it had a significantly more adult tone, with graphic violence and language that The CW would not allow, the tone of Titans was still remarkably close to Arrow and its counterparts.
Fans had been speculating that the DC Universe shows may crossover during 2019’s major crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earth.” Bearing the same name as it’s 1985 comic book counterpart, the Arrowverse’s ”Crisis” is a direct sequel to last year’s “Elseworlds,” which saw The Monitor seeking a champion to counter an unknown threat, and making an as yet unrevealed bargain with Green Arrow to save Earth-1.
While the Arrowverse has its share of heroes, DC Universe is no slouch. Despite the streaming service only launching in September 2018, Titans recently wrapped up its debut episodes, with a second season confirmed for late 2019.
The service has also already set premiere dates for live-action versions of Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, and Stargirl. While it’s the first live-action appearance for the Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing starred in a well-liked early ‘90s series, while Stargirl has appeared in episodes of Smallville and Legends of Tomorrow.
The Arrowverse isn’t slowing down either, with no end in sight for the arrangement on The CW. “Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible,” Pedowitz said during the press conference. Spinning out of “Elseworlds,” a Ruby Rose-led Batwoman pilot was recently shot and is expected to go to series.
Crossovers have remained an aspect of The CW’s DC line-up since it became a two-series franchise in 2014 when The Flash premiered and later broke ground when The Flash appeared on Supergirl while it still aired on CBS. Since then there has been at least one major crossover each year, with characters from Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow appearing in 2017’s “Crisis on Earth-X.” Only Black Lightning, still considered a separate entity from the other shows, has never appeared in a crossover.
The cornerstone of The CW line-up, Arrow, airs Mondays at 8 PM. The next live-action DC Universe series, Doom Patrol, debuts February 15, 2019, and features Brendan Fraser and Timothy Dalton as Robotman and The Chief. Titans season 1 is available to stream now.