It was a very dark time for DC TV shows, especially on The CW. The Arrowverse is ending, after a slew of cancellations, and now it’s confirmed that Stargirl will be ending after its third season (via Limit (Opens in a new tab)).
Stargirl is currently airing its third season, but this will be the end of Courtney Whitmore and the rest of the Justice Society. It’s also what appears to be another victim of corporate buyouts, as this news comes just a month after Nexstar Media acquired the network.
The show follows teenage Kourtney as she struggles to reconcile a normal teenage life with her duty as a superhero. Especially since her small town is seemingly plagued by super-villains and fellow potential teenage heroes. The show is based on the comedy series Stargirl, written by Geoff Johns in 1999. Johns is also the show’s creator and executive producer.
Jones said The Hollywood Reporter (Opens in a new tab) That the team knew a cancellation might be on the cards, so the third season was written accordingly. “With all the changes that’s been going on at the grid, we knew this might have been last season,” Jones said. “So we wrote with that in mind and delivered what I believe to be the best season of Stargirl so far, with a full creative wrap up.”
In other words, the Season 3 finale, set to air on December 7, will not come with any pesky cliffs that will never be resolved. Though, like many DC shows, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if Stargirl lived in some kind of sequel. We’ll just have to wait and see if DC Comics has it in store.
The CW was a joint partnership of Warner Bros. and CBS prior to the purchase. Warner Bros. was involved in a high-profile merger with Discovery earlier this year, which saw a number of projects cancelled in the surrounding weeks and months. HBO Max original Batgirl was the most popular canceled movie, but several TV shows have also been given the ax — including Batwoman, Legends of Tomorrow, and more.
Earlier this year, Mark Bidowitz, Chairman and CEO of The CW, was a promise (Opens in a new tab) That the network hasn’t finished Superhero content — regardless of the outcome of the Warner/Discovery merger, and persistent rumors that the network is for sale. But Pedowitze quit his position after the sale to Nexstar, and since he’s not making decisions anymore, there’s no telling what could happen.
Currently, Superman and Lewis are confirmed to return for a third season, although it is unclear when it will air. Likewise, Gotham Knights, in which the son of Bruce Wayne and some DC characters appear on a C-list in the wake of Batman’s death, is set to premiere sometime in 2023. Personally, I don’t have high hopes for it, but I’m glad I proved wrong. – Injustice – oppressed.
Other DC shows are still running on HBO Max, including Peacemaker, Titans, Doom Patrol, and Pennyworth. There’s also the Harley Quinn animated series, and several other shows supposedly in development – including the spin-off of Robert Pattinson’s The Batman.
But while DC TV is still very much alive (for now), its one-off home seems content to let those shows fade. So if you’re in DC, you’ll need to pay at least $10 a month for HBO Max for the foreseeable future.