It sounds like DC’s television universe (known colloquially as the “Arrowverse”) has lost one of its upcoming series, as Green Arrow and the Canaries, the sequel/spin-off to Arrow, won’t be moving forward at the CW.
News of this comes from a report from Variety over the weekend, which says plans for the series following original Green Arrow’s daughter Mia Smoak has officially been canned over at the network. A backdoor pilot for the series aired in January 2020 as the penultimate episode of Arrow, which ended its eight-season run last year. Green Arrow and the Canaries would have starred Katherine McNamara as Mia, taking up her father’s bow to protect Star City as the Green Arrow two decades after the events of the original show. Through some time travel nonsense, other Arrow mainstays like Black Siren and Black Canary, played by Katie Cassidy and Juliana Harkavy respectively, also appeared in the backdoor pilot, and would have accompanied Mia in her ascension to hero status.
This is a shame, because seeing Green Arrow’s children was one of my favorite things out of the last couple seasons of Arrow, and I was really excited at the prospect of them getting their own show. However, there’s still a chance some of the show’s plot lines may get resolved, as Arrowverse Executive Producer Marc Guggenheim mentioned last year he might resort to a comic book series to resolve things should Green Arrow and the Canaries not get greenlit. Or, if push come to shove, those stories could be resolved in a different show like Legends of Tomorrow, which would work, as that series is based around time travel.
“My instinct would be to try to answer those questions in the form of, like, a comic book tie-in — which is not to say that it couldn’t be done on the other shows. […] When you’re dealing with another time period, the year 2040 in this case, the only show that could handle that or really deal with those questions is Legends,” Guggenheim told TVLine.
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Across the board, DC’s Arrowverse is in the midst of a lot of change. Between Arrow, the show that started it all, ending its run last year, as well as Supergirl and Black Lightning both sending their heroes off in 2021. Batwoman also is undergoing a pretty significant shift in its upcoming second season, as Ruby Rose, who played the titular hero, left the series after only one season. Javicia Leslie is set to take up the Batwoman mantle in season two, playing an original character named Ryan Wilder. While some shows are going away this year, a new one is beginning with Superman & Lois, which will follow the universe’s incarnation of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. The first episode is set to air on February 23.
Really, I just wanted to see more Legends of Tomorrow, the secret best show in the bunch.