I speak of the CW series that goes by that name, not any kind of comic book plotline where Batwoman dies and comes back to life. There won’t be any resurrections for THIS one — The CW has officially cancelled the show.
Producer Caroline Dries sent this farewell message to her public this afternoon: “Just got the sad news that Batwoman will not be seeing an S4. I am bummed, but full of gratitude. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring, brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you.”
Batwoman started out strong….well, not that strong, but decently full of potential. Then, one season into the run, a wrench was thrown into the works when star Ruby Rose decided to leave the series. There are conflicting reports as to why. Rose claims she was abused on set, but unlike similar public accusations, no one from the cast or crew could validate this happening. The only real response was from Luke Fox’s actor who snarked “she’s always like this, don’t listen to her.”
Since Rose’s character Kate Kane was the center of the whole show, recasting felt inevitable. Mega-producer Greg Berlanti shocked everyone with the announcement the show would henceforth be about a completely different Batwoman. Then midway through the second season, they recast Kate anyway. One could argue they wanted a “different perspective” by focusing on a heroine who lived in a van, not a mansion…but one season later Ryan Wilder was revealed to be the daughter of a billionaire and instantly poofed into CEO of Wayne Enterprises. I could go on, but there’s only so much time in the day (read this summary I wrote of Season Two’s first few episodes for a bigger idea of how bad the show got).
It’s still a bit surprising. Just a few short years ago, it would have been unthinkable for a CW series with the backing of Warner Bros and the DC Universe to be kicked off after just three seasons, no matter what the quality of it was. But times are changing and the future of the CW itself is in flux, no longer able to rely on Netflix licensing money to offset bad ratings.
The bigger question is what this means for Legends of Tomorrow. We still don’t know the fate of that show and neither apparently do stars Caity Lotz and Jes Macallan, who staged this puppet show with Funkos of themselves to plead for support.