The history of the Arrowverse (and yes, we’re still calling it that despite what the CW might say) is a really curious thing. It’s had all sorts of shows born in a variety of ways, but the most curious one in many ways is that of Supergirl. The show was born after the success of Arrow and Flash and it debuted on CBS to rockstar numbers of 50 million viewers…and then quickly nose-dived. However, it was later brought into the full Arrowverse with Season 2 by joining the CW proper and has been there ever since. But now, an announcement today revealed that the show is ending with Season 6.
According to Variety, this is a “joint-decision” between the CW and Berlanti Productions. And unlike another DC Comics superhero show that ended recently on the CW, Supergirl will be getting a full season of 20 episodes that are now beginning production.
The show starred Melissa Benoist, who has charmed many with her portrayal of Kara Zor-El, who has often been seen as a “lesser character” in the Superman mythos despite her importance in many storylines in comics and other films. But with this show, she finally got the spotlight to herself and on Twitter, Benoist talked about what the character means to her:
Now, as for WHY Supergirl is getting pulled, there are many reason this could be. The show has had a good run, and Melissa (not unlike Stephen Amell on Arrow) might feel it’s time to go. Another factor is that while the show has been part of the ‘CW Trinity” in regards to Flash and Arrow, it’s honestly been on the lesser side of the ratings.
Another factor is that there are a LOT of other DC Comics/CW shows on the docket, including Stargirl (another transplant via DC Universe), Batwoman getting a second season, and the upcoming Superman & Lois that will debut as Supergirl ends.
Whether one or more of these factors really played into it is hard to say. But either way, it will be sad to see the show go because it really has had a big impact on many.