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Alas, Green Arrow and the Canaries Has Not Yet Been Picked Up By the CW, Producer Confirms

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BY February 19, 2020
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For fans of the Arrowverse, specifically those who are sad about the Arrow series finale, Twitter got exciting in the wee hours of the morning. A writer for another site, who did successfully predict Titans being renewed for season 3, dropped what seemed like a seedling of hope. He said that Green Arrow and the Canaries opened up a production office. Such a move would mean that CW was taking the next step in greenlighting the Arrow spin-off series. Some time later, he said that source confirmed that CW picked up Green Arrow and the Canaries. Unfortunately, Executive Producer and showrunner Beth Schwartz debunked the report on Twitter.

In a Tweet earlier in the day, Schwartz wrote that fans won’t know until May if CW picked up Green Arrow and the Canaries. She then shared the original tweet saying she wished it were true. If the show did open a production office, another reason might be to shoot a new pilot episode. Yet, the penultimate episode of Arrow was what’s called a “backdoor” pilot. It means that a show develops a spinoff and the cost of making the pilot comes from the established series’ budget. If they were filming a new pilot to compete against the other pilots CW ordered, opening an office would make sense. Yet, according to Schwartz, the episode they show for Arrow is all the pilot they will get. (Luckily, it was very good.)

Like Schwartz, We Also Wish CW Picked Up Green Arrow and the Canaries for a Series Order

Green Arrow and the Canaries PIcked Up by CW Girl Gang Image via CW

Obviously here at Comic Years, there aren’t enough comic book shows to satiate us. Yes, the CW has a jam-packed DC slate of shows, with Stargirl and Superman & Lois on the way. (The latter series just completed its pilot.) Yet, the Arrowverse just doesn’t feel right without a Green Arrow (or, for that matter, at least one Black Canary). Even though she was a late addition to the world of Arrow, Katherine McNamara’s Mia Smoak is a worthy successor of the quiver. The new Green Arrow has two Black Canaries, Kate Cassidy’s Dinah Laurel Lance and Juliana Harkavy’s Dinah Drake, at her back. Picking up this series is a good idea for CW and comic book fans.

First, it would be incredibly awesome (especially for the DC and Marvel rivalry) if the dominant pair of brooding ass-kickers in the Arrowverse were women. It would mean that the majority of the CW series feature women leads, and that’s not something Marvel has been able to pull off. It’s a big step forward for the comics culture towards vital inclusivity. The kids who grow up with these shows will have countless fictional heroes to look up to (and see themselves in).

Second, and more importantly, it’s a great comic book show. Both this and Stargirl deal with second-generation heroes taking on the heroic identity of a parent. It will always be cool to see someone take down bad guys with martial arts and arrows. Yet, a show about a kid living up to a heroic parent (who literally saved every universe) while trying to do good in her own way is a story we’ve not seen before. But it’s one I want to see, badly.

Look at how good this show would be in the clip below:

Unfortunately, Green Arrow and the Canaries has not yet been picked up by the CW. If that should change. We will update this post with a link to the official announcement.

What do you think? Would you be happy if CW picked up Green Arrow and the Canaries for a full season? Share your thoughts in the comments or reach out to us on Twitter or Facebook.

Featured image via CW

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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.

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