Arrow kicked off the CW’s sprawling universe of superheroes, but bow-wielding vigilantes will not carry the torch forward. The network has decided not to move forward with its Green Arrow and the Canaries spinoff, according to reports from Deadline and Variety.
Throughout Arrow’s seventh and eighth seasons, actress Katherine McNamara starred as Mia Smoak, the future daughter of characters Oliver Queen and Felicity Smoak. Her character began life in a version of Star City set in 2040, but the run up to the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover brought her into the modern day, where she met and worked with her father before the Crisis event ultimately took his life and brought the Arrow series to an end in its eighth season.
Before the show ended, though, the CW gave us a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff titled Green Arrow & The Canaries. The episode was set back in 2040, and featured McNamara as Mia Smoak, and brought over Katie Kassidy’s Laurel Lance and Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah Drake, two of the Canary heroes who appeared throughout Arrow’s run.
Due to silence on the spinoff after Arrow’s end and throughout 2020, the general consensus among fans was that the CW had decided not to move ahead with the show, though the network had not formally announced a decision one way or another until now. McNamara posted a message to her Twitter thanking fans for their support while mourning the official death of the potential series.
While Green Arrow and the Canaries will not be moving forward, the network has plenty of other superhero content on the way, including this year’s Superman & Lois, a new Wonder Girl series featuring a Latina lead and a potential spinoff for Black Lightning‘s Painkiller character. Meanwhile, the CW’s collection of upcoming superhero shows feature the latest seasons of The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman (featuring new Batwoman Javicia Leslie), and Stargirl, and the announced final seasons of Supergirl and Black Lightning.