Shortly before The CW picked up Black Lightning after Fox passed on it, network president Mark Pedowitz said four superhero shows was the right number for the CBS/Warner Bros. Television joint venture. But a few years on, the continued success of all five superhero shows has changed his mind.
According to Deadline, Pedowitz told reporters “we haven’t hit that saturation point in my mind” while speaking at a Q&A at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Thursday. “Things will age and we want to get the next generation of shows to keep The CW DC universe going for as long as possible,” he added. While the network likes to keep shows around — look at Supernatural‘s 15th season order — introducing new heroes into its DC world keeps the line as a whole fresh. It is a tactic superhero comics learned in the 1940s.
On Thursday, The CW announced early renewals for all of its superhero shows. A sixth show, Batwoman, is expected to join the lineup at some point during the 2019-2020 season. At one time, the network was also developing a show based on Traci 13, but it is unclear if that is still the case.
Nonetheless, it is clear the superhero genre is good for the network, allowing fans to see unlikely characters like Ralph Dibney (Hartley Sawyer) make their way to live action worlds.