CW’s President Mark Pedowitz stated that Legends of Tomorrow is the last DC spin-off and adaptation by the station for now. During 2015 Television Critics Association press tour he said, “There is no intention, at this point, to spin anything else off.”
Despite hosting shows like Arrow, Flash, iZombie and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow, CW insists that they had no intention to be the “DC” channel. To recap this point, 14 comic book inspired series are already on for the 2015-2016 TV season.
Sources indicate that the network is worried that audience will suffer “superhero fatigue” from too many similarly themed TV series and movies. It is also wants to see if the audience are warmed up to the Legends of Tomorrow and CBS Supergirl too. And not discounting the fact the channel did not want to commit itself to more superhero spin-off stories like the rumoured Hawkgirl. She will make her debut in Legends of Tomorrow so it is a valuable place to gauge fan’s interest first.
Smaller channels like CW could ill afford a failed series that can sink its entire universe lineup and they are hoping the more mainstream Supergirl on a bigger channel (CBS) can bring more interest to DC universe, increasing viewership of its own crop of DC based superhero series. Provided the CBS series actually made it, of course.
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