Supergirl will be hanging up that cape.
The upcoming sixth season of the DC Arrowverse series will be its final, as announced by The CW and the show’s producers. Warner Bros TV and Berlanti Productions. Production on the season is expected to kick off next week in Vancouver, with a plan to air in 2021.
The pandemic has caused delays with starting work on season six, plus further pushbacks were reportedly due to the pregnancy of the show’s star Melissa Benoist.
The final season of Supergirl will hold 20 episodes, which is apparently one of the lengthier seasons going ahead at The CW as shows returning to production are doing so with limitations. As Deadline reports, along with these delays and the show’s declining ratings, “the producers, the studio, the network and Benoist came to a decision that it was better to end the show with a longer final season.”
Supergirl took flight in 2015 at CBS and moved to The CW with its second season the following year. So far (more wrap-up announcements from The CW are expected to be announced), this is only the second Arrowverse show to be meeting its end; Arrow concluded with its season 8 finale in April this year. The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman remain, with Superman & Lois on the way.
“To say it has been an honour portraying this iconic character would be a massive understatement,” Benoist posted on social media. “Seeing the incredible impact the show has had on young girls around the world has always left me humbled and speechless.”
She added: “I’m so excited that we get to plan our conclusion to this amazing journey, and I cannot wait for you to see what we have in store. I promise we’re going to make it one helluva final season.”
In her post, co-star Chyler Leigh, who plays Alex Danvers in the series, said: “6 seasons is a rare gift in this business. It’s even more rare to absolutely adore and admire and enjoy the people you work with, let alone spend upwards towards 16 hours a day together. […] I can’t wait for you all to see what happens as we near the end of this season.”