More and more, The CW is becoming a network that is less and less recognizable to long-time viewers. There was a time that the network had more than a handful of DC series running in its slate throughout the year.
As soon as Nexstar acquired the network, one after another, the scripted shows got chopped off in favour of unscripted ones. The decision may likely be caused by the cost that its roster of scripted series entails.
By the time they complete the changes they want to be done, the network will truly be seen to be a whole new The CW. Because of this priority of addressing a show’s budget, it may be to the advantage of Gotham Knights that it is officially the least expensive series production the CW has ever had.
Gotham Knights on the CW Is The Network’s Cheapest Series
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In an article from The Hollywood Reporter about the decisions made by the network as it enters its new focus, they also mentioned that the currently airing DC series featuring the investigation of Bruce Wayne, aka Batman’s apparent murder, is their least expensive.
After the cancellation of DC series such as The Flash, which is in its final season this year, having its series finale on May 24th and others like Batwoman and Stargirl, the network now only has Superman & Lois and Gotham Knights on its slate.
The network is also reported to be making a decision to maintain only 1 DC series in the future. And between the Son of Krypton and the new generation of Gotham heroes, people are anticipating the announcement that the currently running series will be the one to say goodbye.
However, even though Superman & Lois has a higher viewership count, the network might just decide to keep Batman’s son and his friends simply because their story is more manageable in terms of production cost.
The Direct sheds some light as to how much each episode of Gotham Knights likely costs because even though THR’s report stated it is the least expensive, they did not precisely determine by how much. Thus, a comparison between the upcoming season of Superman & Lois budget, as well as others, is needed.
According to the Direct, Superman & Lois had about $5M of a budget per episode during its 3rd season. Meanwhile, Supergirl, which ended on November 9, 2021, after six seasons, was said to have an average of $3M per episode during its first season with CBS before it moved to the CW for season 2. This means that Gotham Knights costs the network less than that.
The CW has Gotham Knights as its least expensive DC Show
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The series featuring Turner Hayes, the adoptive son of the murdered Bruce Wayne, is approaching its penultimate episode for its first season. He, along with the sons and daughters of Gotham’s criminals, were identified as the main culprits. Thus, they pick up their own investigation to uncover who really murdered Bruce Wayne, aka Batman, and thereby clearing their names.
Starring Oscar Morgan as Turner Hayes, Olivia Rose Keegan as Duela, Navia Robinson as Carrie Kelley / Robin, Fallon Smythe as Harper Row, Tyler DiChiara as Cullen Row, Anna Lore as Stephanie Brown, and Rahart Adams as Brody March, the group ends up coming across the organization called the Court of Owls. Misha Collins is also among the main cast as Harvey Dent.
The television series is written by Natalie Abrams, James Stoteraux, and Chad Fiveash, who are also all executive producers together with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and David Madden. Meanwhile, an eponymous video game carries the same premise as the small screen series down to Wayne’s absence and the Court of Owls. However, the two are not connected in their narratives.
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