The CW has canceled Batwoman after three seasons.
Showrunner Caroline Dries took to Twitter last Friday to break the news. “Just got the sad news that Batwoman will not be seeing an S4,” Dries tweeted. “I am bummed, but full of gratitude. What an honor to make 51 episodes. So many inspiring, brilliant people contributed to this series. Thank you producers, cast and crew. Thank you, fans! We love you.”
The cancellation comes nearly two months after the Batwoman season 3 finale aired on March 2nd.
Why did The CW cancel Batwoman?
Dries didn’t offer an explanation for the cancellation, but the potential sale of the CW probably had something to do with Batwoman’s ultimate fate. As revealed in January, The CW owners, Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global, are exploring a sale of the broadcaster, with local TV station giant Nexstar considered a possible buyer. Apparently, this led to the network paring back its slate of scripted series.
How did the Batwoman cast react to the cancellation?
Shortly after the cancellation news, the cast of Batwoman took to social media to share praises and fun memories about their time on the series.
Javicia Leslie, who joined Batwoman as former convict Ryan Wilder after Ruby Rose’s departure from the show, described her journey on the series as an honor. In an Instagram photo carousel, the actress shared pics of herself in character, behind-the-scenes clips, and memorable times with her costars.
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Rachel Skarsten, who portrayed Alice in the series, tweeted how much she loved playing her character, and thanked the fans for their undying support.
I’ve been off twitter for a while but wanted to come on and say with a heavy heart @CWBatwoman has been cancelled. Thank you to each and every one of you that supported & loved the show over the years. I adored playing Alice & will miss her dearly ?❤️ https://t.co/LoIh1n7q2q
— Rachel Skarsten (@RachieSkarsten) April 29, 2022
In a tweet, Meagan Tandy, aka Batwoman’s Sophie Moore, expressed her gratitude to The CW, Warner Bros., and to the key people who worked behind the scenes, while also sharing how her role developed her as an actress.
Thank you @carolinedries @GBerlanti @WBHomeEnt @BatwomanWriters @TheCW for casting me onto this playground.This role challenged me and I believe I am a better storyteller because of it. Big hugs to the cast, crew and the FANS. I love you all❤️ pic.twitter.com/gqgan377vW
— Meagan Tandy (@meagantandy) April 30, 2022
Mary Hamilton actress Nicole Kang, meanwhile, tweeted about her love for the Batfamily, the fans, and the feedback she got from her character’s transformation into a version of Poison Ivy in season 3.
Hi family. I cannot believe we’re saying goodbye to @CWBatwoman today. Thank you for loving Mary. Thank you for cheering her on as she blossomed into POISON IVY. The incredible letters/convos we’ve had I will carry forever. I love you BatFam. Goodbye for now Gotham City ?? https://t.co/Y7BGfTpQN9 pic.twitter.com/PpZG7VW4Y2
— Nicole Kang (@NicoleKang) April 29, 2022
Camrus Johnson, who appeared in the series regular role of Luke Fox/Batwing on the show, wrote in a tweet how much it meant to him to be recognized because of his character on the streets.
After 51 episodes of fun, Batwoman is coming to an end! A good 90% of the people that have called out “Luke Fox!” to me on the street have been black men between the ages of 30-45, and the words you’ve said to me over the years have meant the world. It was an honor to play 1/2 pic.twitter.com/ADBuHKm0ZH
— Camrus Johnson (@CamrusJ) April 29, 2022
Lastly, Nick Creegan, who played Joker on the show, thanked all the fans, cast, and crew, before saying that being on Batwoman was one of the best experiences of his life.
it’s with immense gratitude that I thank all the fans, the entire crew & my fellow cast members for making Batwoman one of the best experiences of my life. having been the first Black Joker is a dream. while there won’t be a S4, the next chapter will be legendary. MAKTUB ?
— nick• (@NickCreegan) April 29, 2022
In addition to the show’s cast members, Batwoman writers Natalie Abrams and Maya Houston also shared their thoughts on Twitter after the show’s cancellation.
Deeply saddened by this news. #Batwoman changed my life. This show was a true joy to be on. Grateful to have worked with this cast and crew, and especially the writers. @carolinedries is a fearless storyteller whose guidance has been invaluable. Forever in awe of what we all did. https://t.co/bpIZm2PoTU
— Natalie Abrams (@NatalieAbrams) April 29, 2022
I really don’t know what to say, I’m sorry. I usually pride myself with being good with words but that’s failing me at the moment. But as a Black queer woman who grew up with a love for superheroes, I want to thank #Batwoman for existing. My life is forever changed.
— maya houston (@writtenbymaya) April 29, 2022
Thank you fans, friends, crew, cast. We will always love you, we will always root for you, and we will never forget you. #Batwoman fans, we are eternally grateful. It was a fun ride and you made it so much better by our side.
— Batwoman Writers Room (@BatwomanWriters) April 29, 2022
Where to watch Batwoman
Though Batwoman will not be back for season 4, fans can re-watch the complete three seasons of the series on HBO Max.