It was recently announced that The CW isn’t planning to stop with DC shows and their Arrowverse universe anytime soon. Despite the viewership being worse than ever, The CW isn’t discouraged and they’re planning to expand the Arrowverse even further.
As Deadline recently reported, the pilot episode of the upcoming DC show Gotham Knights was ordered, along with pilot episodes for Walker: Independence, a spin-off of The CW series Walker starring Jared Padalecki, and The Winchesters, a prequel series of The CW’s famous series Supernatural. It’s not assured that any of these shows will be picked up after filming the pilot episodes, but the filming of pilot episodes only means that these projects are going forward, and it’s up to CW if they’re gonna become shows that we’re going to watch next TV season.
Arrowverse started back in 2012 with the TV series Arrow, and the expansion began in 2014 with the first spin-off The Flash. Since then, more DC shows joined the club — Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning. Supergirl, Batwoman, Stargirl, Superman & Lois, and Naomi. It was also recently reported that one more series is in development — Justice U — in which David Ramsey is set to reprise his role as John Diggle.
Written by Batwoman writers Chad Fiveash, James Stoteraux, and Natalie Abrams, Gotham Knights is following the story of new heroes in the titular city after Bruce Wayne/Batman’s murder. Considering how the Batwoman TV show handled Batman’s role in the Arrowverse, it seems like Gotham Knights will not be fully connected to the Arrowverse because that would create a timeline and storytelling collision between Batwoman and Gotham Knights.
“In the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder, his rebellious adopted son forges an unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. And as the city’s most wanted criminals, this renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names. But in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been. However, hope comes from the most unexpected of places as this team of mismatched fugitives will become its next generation of saviors known as the Gotham Knights.” — Gotham Knights, official synopsis
This year, DC fans will also have the opportunity to play the Gotham Knights video game. Developed by WB Games Montréal and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, the game is set to be released this year for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. WB Games Montréal is known for developing Batman: Arkham Origins, a prequel game of Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham Knight trilogy.
Although some reports that CW is planning to be sold by CBS Entertainment (which owns 50% of the company) and Warner Bros. Entertainment (which owns other 50%) recently surfaced, The CW is continuing their business as they see it fit, and it seems like the fans of their shows have no reason to worry for now.