Back in 2012, DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television took the first significant step for the former to introduce its stable of superheroes beyond the major icons of Superman, Batman and so forth, for the TV audience. Premiering on The CW, “Arrow” chronicled the crime-fighting crusade of billionaire and master archer Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) to fight crime and the privileged underworld of Starling City. This basic premise gave rise to a DC superhero TV franchise that included “The Flash,” “Legends of Tomorrow,” “Vixen” and even “Supergirl,” with sweeping super-adventures that has spanned seven seasons.
As Variety has it, The CW has announced that, following the ongoing seventh season of “Arrow” and its renewal for an eighth, the series will finally come to an end with that eighth season. The final part of the longest-running show on The CW is expected to premiere during the 2019-20 television season and will be significantly shorter than all its 20-plus-episode predecessors, clocking in at only ten. “Arrow” executive producers Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim and Beth Schwartz all stated that closing the show was a difficult decision, but that ultimately the impending conclusion is in the best interests of telling Oliver Queen’s TV story.
“We’re heartened by the fact that ‘Arrow’ has birthed an entire universe of shows that will continue on for many years to come,” the executive producers said in their statement, adding that they plan to craft an ending for “Arrow” that will honor the legacy of all who work on the show, both in front and behind the camera. The series’ star Stephen Amell remarked on his Twitter, “Playing Oliver Queen has been the greatest professional experience of my life… but you can’t be a vigilante forever…There’s so much to say… for now I just want to say thank you.”
As the main character of the first installment of the “Arrow-verse,” Amell’s Oliver/Arrow has become a leading figure in the TV setting’s vigilante and superhero community, with figures such as Barry Allen/Flash and later Kara Danvers/Supergirl joining forces with him against major threats, as depicted in crossover storylines between their respective shows. Several of Arrow’s costumed allies and foes even featured in “Legends of Tomorrow,” with its time-travelling and parallel-world themes. Even as “Arrow” eventually takes a bow, new series are under development for the franchise on The CW, such as a possible “Batwoman” show.
“Arrow” season 7 aired its 14th episode on The CW this Monday, with five more on the way to its penultimate season finale, April 22.
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