The CW’s Arrowverse will officially be arrow-less for the foreseeable future. Deadline reports that Green Arrow and the Canaries, the planned spin-off of the recently-completed Arrow series, will not move forward. The news came alongside a report that a planned spin-off of The 100 is still up in the air.
The penultimate episode of last year’s final season of Arrow, aptly titled “Green Arrow and the Canaries,” served as a backdoor pilot to the proposed spinoff. Set in the future following Oliver Queen’s death, the episode followed Mia Queen (Katherine McNamara), the daughter of Oliver and Felicity Smoak, as she donned the mantle of Green Arrow and teamed with a time-displaced Dinah Drake (Juliana Harkavy) and a similarly out-of-time Laurel Lance (Katie Cassidy Rodgers) to protect the Star City of 2040 from newly-rising threats. The episode ended on a cliffhanger, with Mia’s half-brother, William (Ben Lewis) kidnapped, and her fiancee, J.J. Diggle (Charlie Barnett), having been approached by a mysterious figure who helps him regain the pre-Crisis memories of his villainous turn.
The death of the spin-off doesn’t necessarily mean this is the last we’ve seen of these characters, or that those cliffhangers will remain unresolved. Another of The CW’s Arrowverse series, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, is about a team of time-travelers who could very easily pop in on the Star City of the future and help Mia solve her problems. It also wouldn’t be a huge surprise of McNamara, Cassidy Rodgers and/or Harkavy joined the cast of Legends alongside fellow Arrow alum Caity Lotz (Sara Lance, herself a Canary).
The Arrowverse’s future still looks bright without Green Arrow and the Canaries moving forward. The Greg Berlanti-produced line of CW series includes current shows The Flash, Batwoman, Black Lightning, the aforementioned Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl, as well as the upcoming Superman & Lois spin-off. With Supergirl slated to end following its upcoming season, the network is already developing a pair of new series, Wonder Girl (starring Yara Flor of DC’s current Future State event) and Naomi (the character created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell), that could fill the void left by the series’ end.
The Arrowverse officially returns with the season premiere of Batwoman on Sunday, January 17th on The CW.