It seems the ArrowVerse is no more. The CW, the network behind a number of superhero shows based on characters from the world of DC Comics, has seemingly rebranded the growing universe as The CWVerse. This is a logical move, considering that Arrow, the show that kicked off this universe eight years ago, ended its run earlier this year. With that, it seems the ArrowVerse is no more. Long live The CWVerse.
Recently, a video was released that serves as a preview of the new and returning DC shows heading to The CW as part of the network's 2021 lineup. It kicks off with a bit of Arrow, with the words, "From one hero an entire universe was born" appearing on screen. We then get a highlight reel of greatest hits footage from The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Stargirl and Batmwoman. They even include a little tease of Superman & Lois, the latest series to join the lineup. It will finally give Tyler Hoechlin's Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch's Lois Lane their own series. But the biggest takeaway is the use of The CWVerse in the promo, as opposed to ArrowVerse.
The network has yet to comment on the matter beyond the video itself but it appears they are looking to move on from the previous branding. Arrow, which debuted in 2012, centered on Stephen Amell's Oliver Queen and paved the way for a hugely successful small screen cinematic universe. So, one could argue keeping the ArrowVerse name would be a way to honor that. The CW went another way with it.
Like many networks, The CW's fall lineup will be slim as these shows had their production schedules pushed back amid the shutdown. As a result, The Flash, Supergirl and the rest of the gang will be arriving early next year, as opposed to in September or October. Big changes are afoot as well. Not only are Superman & Lois branching out, but Batwoman will be bringing in a new lead character following the departure of Ruby Rose as Kate Kane. Instead, Javicia Leslie will portray Ryan Wilder, a brand new character. Plus, the multiverse was largely reshaped in the wake of the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event. Not to mention what the loss of Arrow and its supporting cast of characters will mean for the universe as a whole.
Whatever the name, The CW has found a way to turn the DC brand into a huge part of its business. Stargirl was originally set to be a DC Universe original but found life beyond streaming as part of the network's superhero offerings. Supergirl was axed by CBS but thrived alongside Arrow and The Flash. Even Swamp Thing, which was canceled by DC Universe after just one season, will get a run on the network. Fans will have to wait and see if ths new branding sticks as the 2021 season presses forward. Be sure to check out the trailer from The CW Network YouTube channel.