The city of Gotham has lost one of its finest. Yes, it was confirmed that Batwoman season 4 would not be do later this year alongside shows like The Flash and Riverdale that had been renewed by The CW.
A period of several weeks of silence had preceded the announcement, during which time fans had worried about the show’s future. One fan group even started a social media campaign with the hashtag RenewBatwoman” in the hopes that it would pressure The CW into ordering a Batwoman Season 4. However, showrunner Caroline Dries broke her silence on Batwoman’s early cancellation on April 29.
In her tweet, she stated: “I just learned that there won’t be Batwoman Season 4. I’m sad, but appreciative. Wow, 51 episodes is quite an accomplishment. This series features the work of many inspiring and brilliant individuals. I appreciate everyone on the set. You’re the best, fans! In short, you have our undying affection.”
Rachel Skarsten, who plays Batwoman, quickly joined the trend, tweeting: “To everyone who has watched and enjoyed the show over the years, I am grateful. I had a great time in the role of Alice and will be sad to see it end.”
Camrus Johnson added his voice to the conversation by saying: “It was a privilege to take on the role of a Black super hero, of which there have been far too few. For the laughs and opportunities, I have to thank my cast and crew as well as Caroline, Team Berlanti, DC, WB, and CW. And BATFAMMM, never forget this: you are literally perfect.”
Javicia Leslie, who plays Batwoman, posted an emotional Instagram with a bunch of behind-the-scenes photos and videos.
I was taught that words are powerful and that we create our own reality through the words we speak, she explained in her essay. “What a privilege it has been to witness the unfolding of my life’s destiny as I spoke into existence the role I now play. We claim the Bat Team as our own family. Now that it has been written, HERstory can never be undone.”
At the end of the piece, the author offered a hopeful outlook for the world after Batwoman: “”Because you need to see a physical manifestation of your dream,” Viola Davis said in a recent interview when asked why representation matters. For some reason, it all seems more real when you see someone who shares your appearance. I raise a glass to whatever comes next.”
The question is how this cancellation occurred.
Batwoman Season 4 Happen Or Not?
‘BATWOMAN’ has been cancelled after 3 seasons. pic.twitter.com/v4WvqvNNW8
— DiscussingFilm (@DiscussingFilm) April 29, 2022
The Arrowverse’s future has been in doubt for some time, at least in the broadest sense. After the cancellation of Batwoman and Legends of Tomorrow, only The Flash, Naomi, Stargirl, and Superman & Lois remain on television.
Only The Flash remains firmly rooted in the canonical continuity, but it seems like even the Scarlet Speedster will be leaving Central City in the near future. Only three shows, all of which can be considered standalones, have been renewed for a second season: Naomi, which is a cause for concern.
Reports have suggested that The CW is for sale, which could be a major factor in all of this. Warner Bros., the network’s current co-owner, has undergone a number of executive shifts since its acquisition by Discovery, and talks are underway between Nexstar and the network to purchase a majority stake. It’s not surprising that relatively expensive superhero shows like Batwoman would get the axe amid all this behind-the-scenes shuffling.
Since season two, Batwoman’s ratings have dropped, but they aren’t significantly lower than those of other CW shows like Riverdale and Nancy Drew, both of which were renewed.
Maybe it doesn’t help that The CW just ordered a pilot for a show called Gotham Knights, which is also Batman-related.
Although that one takes place in a futuristic Gotham City, there is likely to be some character and plot crossover between the two shows. Although, saying that, if the pilot isn’t picked up soon, Gotham Knights may not even end up going ahead either, which would make Batwoman’s cancellation even more disappointing.
But imagine if Batwoman hadn’t stopped.
What Would Batwoman Season 4 Have Looked Like?
Showrunner Caroline Dries hinted (via EW) that Ryan’s expanding family would play a significant role in upcoming episodes before the cancellation was announced.
“We cared more about [Ryan finding her biological family]. In my opinion, having a biological family has a positive effect on Ryan’s personality and has expanded her horizons “Dries said, implying that Ryan’s biological father might also be a factor.
When speaking with Digital Spy, actor Nick Creegan revealed that he hopes his character will take on a more villainous role in season four.
“I’m crossing my fingers that Marquis will convince everyone that the joy buzzer was successful, and then he can resume his anarchic ways. When Alice and Marquis run into each other again, they go completely bonkers, if not more so than before.”
“Perhaps they’d be open to this alternate option… The Bat-team and the anti-Bat-team both exist “and Creegan went on. “Perhaps they have constructed a second Batcave or something similar. Your entire realm of destruction is set against Batwoman and her people. What I’m really anticipating is that. To put it bluntly, I have no interest in improving my skills.”
But what if we still had a chance to watch these events unfold? Imagine for a moment thatBatwoman Season 4 had a way of coming back.
Batwoman Season 3 Recap
This season of Batwoman gave us new perspectives on classic characters by showing how they dealt with the Batman foes’ artefacts that had washed ashore in Gotham. Ryan’s rocky past caught up with her when she discovered that her biological mother was still alive and well while the Bat Team was off protecting the possibly dangerous artefacts.
The wordplay on “powerful pieces of villain paraphernalia” that were putting the team in peril was not lost on anybody as Ryan’s difficult reunion with her family turned out to be more combustible than anyone had anticipated.
The third season of Batwoman was the first to successfully introduce classic Batman foes to the Berlantiverse. As an example, the show has said that an O. Cobblepot is now being imprisoned at Arkham Asylum, but has mostly avoided focusing on the major players from the Dark Knight series.
Agent (of the devil) Tavaroff was converted into Bane after Circe stole the Batcave trophies in the previous season. To a similar extent, this season’s trophies and the associated powers were mostly seized by random individuals.
Unfamiliar foes were seen brandishing recognisable weapons like Mr. Freeze’s liquid nitrogen and the Mad Hatter’s hat. In the case of Poison Ivy, however, we not only get the classic portrayal of the character, but also a fresh take on the character.
How Batwoman Season 4 Could Continue Beyond Its Cancellation.
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) April 29, 2022
Javicia Leslie and her former co-stars could always make a surprise appearance in another Arrowverse series as a cameo or guest star. However, as was previously mentioned, this universe has begun to contract rapidly on screen, making such opportunities less likely.
That doesn’t rule out the possibility of Batwoman Season 4 airing on another network, though. Since Warner Bros., which along with ViacomCBS owns The CW, also owns HBO Max, there is little to prevent the streaming service from renewing the show for a second season.
That may change, and there may be some legal wrangling over the matter, but there is already a precedent for this.
After DC Universe went offline, HBO Max picked up some of the network’s original shows like Doom Patrol and Harley Quinn. HBO Max seems like the ideal home for Batwoman Season 4, or even just one final movie to wrap everything up, given the quality of that DC roster.
The fans are well aware of this fact as well, which is why they have started an online campaign with the hashtag “#SaveBatwoman.” We also recommend that you make your opinion known on the internet if you share our desire to see more of Batwoman in the movies.
For the simple reason that it hurts to see any show end before its time, and Batwoman has had it rougher than most. However, the show’s central celebration of queer Black women was truly remarkable, especially in a genre still dominated by white, straight, cisgender heroes.
Since “words have power and we speak our life into existence,” as Javicia put it in her original cancellation post, why not use some of that power online to help give Batwoman a second chance?