Gotham Knights will not return for season 2 on The CW. The newest DC show has been left in a state of limbo for a few weeks now as the network continues adjusting its programming approach. Gotham Knights premiered earlier this year and took a rather unique approach to its DC world in the sense that, unlike most CW DC shows, it doesn’t hold any connections to the long-running Arrowverse.
While fellow DC series Superman & Lois will continue on with season 4, Deadline now reports that Gotham Knights has been cancelled at The CW following its one-season run. The show was a decent performer for the network, but with The CW significantly cutting down on its scripted content, it was unable to justify another season.
Gotham Knights’ Cancellation Explained
Gotham Knights joined The CW at a difficult time for the network. Now partially owned by Nexstar, which holds a 75 percent stake in The CW, the channel has altered its programming strategies by severely cutting back on the number of original scripted shows it will air next season. Prior to this, only All American and Walker had received orders for the 2023-24 season, while fan-favorite programs like Walker: Independence, Kung Fu, and The Winchesters were axed. Superman & Lois and All American: Homecoming will round out the schedule, bringing The CW’s scripted originals total to four.
Even before all this, Gotham Knights was something of a controversial project. Despite sharing a name and premise with the video game Gotham Knights, the show instead focused almost entirely on original characters, including Turner Hayes (Oscar Morgan), Bruce Wayne’s adoptive son. This bothered some who wished to see a more faithful adaptation. On top of that, Gotham Knights was dinged for its low-budget aesthetic, though it won over plenty of supporters with the casting of Supernatural favorite Misha Collins as Harvey Dent.
It should be noted that following the news of Gotham Knights being cancelled, a fan-led effort to save the series was trending on Twitter. Unfortunately, it may not be enough to save the DC series; The Winchesters mounted a sizable campaign that was aided by star and producer Jensen Ackles, but it was still unable to find a new home. Whether its status as a DC property will give it a boost remains to be seen, but for now, Gotham Knights has reached the end of the line.