Batwoman has been canceled on The CW after three seasons.
Showrunner Caroline Dries announced the cancellation on Twitter. I’m disappointed, but grateful. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring and brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you.
Batwoman premiered the Season 3 finale, or the last of the series, on March 2. News of Batwoman’s cancellation comes after The CW only renewed two Arrowverse shows for additional seasons, consisting of The Flash and Superman & Lois, which left Batwoman’s future in the air. Recent reports suggest that only two of The CW’s remaining DC shows (besides The Flash and Superman & Lois) will be renewed for additional seasons. With Batwoman off the table, that leaves Gotham Knights, Legends of Tomorrow and Naomi.
CW’s cancellation of Batwoman also comes after the show’s writers launched a campaign asking fans to push for a fourth season. “Stream season 3 and share your appreciation, favorite scenes, memories and why Batwoman should be updated,” they wrote on social media. season, which is yet to be confirmed.
Batwoman premiered on The CW in 2019 with Ruby Rose in the lead role as Kate Kane/Batwoman. However, Javicia Leslie has played Ryan Wilder/Batwoman on The CW series since Season 2, which first premiered in 2021, after replacing Rose as the titular DC hero.
The CW broke new ground in choosing Leslie not only as the first live-action Black Batwoman, but also the first time DC has cast a black woman as the main heroine in a television series. This is also the second time the character has been written as a lesbian. In a January 2021 interview, Leslie discussed her historic role saying, “I always just remind myself that my goals are not for me. My goal is to empower others.”
With that, there’s nothing to be afraid of because I know it will empower one to see a black female superhero. You don’t see her often. It’s epic. I grew up on Batman and Catwoman and Joker and Penguin. Now, to see the darkness in it, I think it’s very inclusive. Very empowering.”