Tentative is the optimum word these days for any TV production schedule. And sadly, that also applies if you wear a cape.
Tentative Start Dates – What’s New and What’s Returning?
With production resuming on Batwoman and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, they will soon be joined by fellow CWVerse shows The Flash and Supergirl, the latter in its sixth and final season as confirmed last week. Supergirl cast and crew return to work on Monday September 28th (tomorrow by this posting). The Flash, meanwhile, will begin shooting its seventh season on October 5th. And finally, Legends will return for shooting on October 6th. Other DC-related Berlanti productions Titans and newcomer Superman and Lois are targeting a mid-October start date.
Due to the outbreak last year of COVID-19, production on CW shows The Flash and Supergirl were halted shy of the final few episodes. The plotpoints of what would have been season finales will be the lead-in to the new seasons. However, Legends and Batwoman successfully completed their seasons before the shutdown. Given Ruby Rose departed the role of Kate Kane and left showrunners the task to recast and retool, Batwoman was lucky.
Batwoman was not the only series to get a shake-up over the past several months. The Flash saw the firing of Hartley Sawyer from the role of Ralph Dibney following discovered past racist remarks online. Ralph’s absence will be worked into the series and concluded through doubles (Ralph can shapeshift). His onscreen romantic interest, Sue Dearbon, meanwhile, will continue in her subplot. Portrayer Natalie Dreyfuss has been promoted to series regular alongside Kayla Compton, her character now a part of Iris West’s newspaper staff. Supergirl lead Melissa Benoist announced this past week of the series’ conclusion at the end of season six.
These dates are tentative, they are subject to change due to the possibility of COVID-19 infection. In the realm of Green Arrow, meanwhile, there is still no word as to whether the proposed spinoff – Green Arrow and The Canaries – received its greenlight. Is that the reason why the CW-aired shared continuity superhero shows are no longer referred to as “The Arrowverse?” Stay tuned.