With all of the great DC TV shows that are currently on the air, it seems to take the strength of a Kryptonian to follow everything, and I am not just talking about the infinite amount of storylines concurrently existing within the Arrowverse. Of course, that being, how many people do you know who can say they have seen every episode of Doom Patrol as well as The Flash? However, what really concerns me, especially these days, is keeping track of the upcoming release dates for these series.
Just keeping tabs on the premiere dates of these extremely popular TV shows alone would normally be a much simpler task, yet, with halts in production in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak and other behind-the-scenes blunders, there is no telling when many of these series are scheduled to return or even if they are destined to return at all. In hopes to give fans at least some explanation of what to expect, we are taking a closer look at the current status of all of your favorite TV shows ripped from the pages of DC Comics, and some you have yet to see.
The following is a comprehensive one-stop shop of when and where you can expect the next (or first) chapter of the best DC-inspired shows to unfold on TV or on various digital platforms. All the release dates of these 14 series are subject to change so be sure to check back for any updates.
The Flash, Season 7 - The CW (January 2021)
The first spin-off and second building block of the Arrowverse’s construction, in which a young forensic scientist working for the Central City Police Department gains the power of super speed after a fateful lightning strike, was renewed for a seventh season in early 2020. Grant Gustin is set to return in the title role of The Flash, which has been the highest rated series on The CW since its 2014 debut, to reveal the answers fans’ most pressing questions in January 2021.
Black Lightning, Season 4 - The CW (January 2021)
Speaking of lightning, the Arrowverse debuted its first series led by a black superhero in 2017, following the adventures of a school principal with a plethora of bio-electric abilities, and its most “electrifying” season yet is on its way. Black Lightning, starring Cress Williams as the aging titular superhero who comes out of retirement per his daughter’s inspiration, will see its Season 4 debut on The CW in January 2021.
Batwoman, Season 2 - The CW (January 2021)
The biggest changes to the Arrowverse will be seen on Batwoman, whose lead actress, Ruby Rose, chose to leave the series after just one year playing LGBTQ+ comic book icon Kate Kane. The decision came after surgery for an on-set injury caused the already demanding role to become especially challenging for the former Orange is the New Black star. The second season, airing on The CW in January 2021, will introduce Javicia Leslie as the titular vigilante, becoming the first black actress to play the role.
Superman & Lois, Season 1 - The CW (January 2021)
Looking to be a fresh new take on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman without any of the “will they, won’t they?” suspense Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher were subjected to is this upcoming series with Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin reprising his role as the Man of Steel and Elizabeth Tulloch, once again, playing his better half, Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. The series premiere of Superman & Lois hits The CW in January 2021.
Legends Of Tomorrow, Season 6 - The CW (Summer 2021)
The Arrowverse installment with the most versatility (on account of its dizzying rotation of different locations and time settings) would have to be Legends of Tomorrow. The diverse group of ragtag heroes will continue to embark on more adventures traveling through time to save reality itself from its worst moments in the summer of 2021 for its sixth season on The CW.
Stargirl, Season 2 - The CW (Fall 2021)
Making its debut on The CW in the summer of 2020 was Stargirl, which was also a historical moment for introducing the much overlooked Justice Society of America (not to be confused with the Justice League, which was actually created later) into the Arrowverse continuity. The endearing smash hit, starring Brec Bassinger as the young, but extremely powerful, title heroine, will return for its sophomore outing the fall of 2021.
Supergirl, Season 6 - The CW (TBD 2021)
Originally debuting on CBS before it joined her Arrowverse family at their home on The CW, Melissa Benoist’s run as the tough as nails Kara Danvers (Clark Kent’s cousin) has been a success of Kryptonian proportions. There is no confirmation for when Supergirl, and Benoist’s improved costume from Season 5, will return for its sixth season, but it is expected to premiere sometime in early 2021.
Lucifer, Season 6 - Netflix (TBD 2021)
Also returning for an unconfirmed date in 2021 is this popular fantasy crime drama, starring Tom Ellis as the Devil incarnate, whose expertise in all things evil makes him a perfect consultant for the LAPD. The upcoming sixth season of Lucifer, a Netflix exclusive which is inspired by an acclaimed title from DC’s Vertigo property, will also be its last.
Titans, Season 3 - HBO Max (TBD)
After a stunning first two seasons of intense thrills and stunning twists on the digital platform DC Universe, Titans will have the more recently launched HBO Max to call home for its third season. Despite facing a long delay in production, the series, following a group of younger vigilantes including Brenton Thwaites as Robin (now Nightwing), has been renewed, but without a set premiere date at the moment.
Young Justice, Season 4 - HBO Max (TBD)
Also making the transition from its DC Universe home to HBO Max is another series following the adventures of a group of powerful young heroes, but this one is animated. After a long hiatus following its cancellation in 2013, the beloved Young Justice will come back for a fourth season, and promises storylines of a more mature nature for the fans who have aged during the series’ absence. However, currently, there is no confirmation for when it will premiere.
Pennyworth, Season 2 - Epix (TBD)
Not long after Gotham, the Fox hit following the rise of the city’s greatest supervillains during Bruce Wayne’s childhood, went off the air, fans craving even more Batman prequel series were treated with this show following Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon) as a 1960s special forces soldier years before working as the Waynes’ live-in servant. The critically acclaimed, thrilling period drama Pennyworth has been renewed for a second season of Epix, but delays in its production have made it difficult to say when it will premiere.
Y: The Last Man, Season 1 - FX On Hulu (TBD)
Inspired by the DC Vertigo series from Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra, which ran for six years, Y: The Last Man is the story of Yorick Brown (Ben Schnetzer) and his pet Capuchin monkey, Ampersand, who are the only males left on Earth following a devastating event. The much anticipated, and long awaited, series adaptation of the highly acclaimed post-apocalyptic comic book finally found a home on Hulu’s exclusive line-up of FX programming, but without a confirmed premiere date set at the moment.
Doom Patrol, Season 3 - HBO Max (Has Yet To Be Renewed)
Critics and DC fans alike immediately fell in love with Doom Patrol (starring Timothy Dalton, Brendan Fraser, and Orange is the New Black’s Diane Guerrero to name a few) when it first dropped as a DC Universe exclusively before it was available to stream on HBO Max concurrently during Season 2. It is assumed that, like all of DC Universe’s ongoing original content, that a third season of adventures from this ragtag group of super powered vigilantes would officially transition over to the latter, newer digital platform, but only after it receives its official notice for renewal.
Harley Quinn, Season 3 - HBO Max (Has Yet To Be Renewed)
Also waiting to be renewed is this pleasant surprise that could have easily been another cheap cash grab in response to the rising popularity of the titular villainess DC villainess following Margot Robbie’s portrayal in 2016’s Suicide Squad. Fortunately, Harley Quinn, an animated series featuring the voice of Kaley Cuoco as The Joker’s former paramour, is one of the biggest hits to originally come from DC Universe before being made available to stream on HBO Max, on which it is expected continue if it ever does get a third season.
What do you think? Does our list of upcoming DC TV show release dates have you even more excited for their return (or debut), or does it just make your watch schedule all the more overwhelming? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for additional information and updates on these truly super superhero series, as well as even more schedules of what to expect soon on the big or small screen, here on CinemaBlend.
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