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According to The CW, Superman & Lois' cancellation was decided by Warner Bros.

And the reason why it was axed doesn't make a ton of sense.

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After we learned back in November 2023 that Superman & Lois would be ending after a shortened fourth season at The CW, many fans were wondering about the reasoning behind cutting the wings of the rather successful show. Now, the powers that be have shed some light on the matter.

During an interview for TheWrap, The CW president Dennis Miller and entertainment chief Brad Schwartz went on to explain how they're handling the business amidst all the changes and tensions happening around network and streaming TV at the moment. This also included some juicy tidbits about the whys and hows of certain series surviving budget cuts and others ending prematurely.

When it came to Superman & Lois, the series was part of four shows the company was confident about when the new executive team examined the network's slate of scripted originals. The other three were All American, All American: Homecoming, and Walker. According to Schwartz, "there’s no reason why you wouldn’t keep doing them" if they kept performing well. Warner Bros. Discovery, however, told them more Superman & Lois was a no-go: "They don’t want a competing Superman product in the marketplace."

That 'competition' is no other than DC Studios' Superman: Legacy, the new movie from writer-director James Gunn that's supposed to kickstart a new DC universe told across and movies, TV series, and even video games. While it makes sense that WB Discovery wants as many eyes as possible on their big bet for 2025, it's not like DC properties haven't been shared around for years, thus raising the overall awareness of the brand. In fact, a bunch of renowned DC movies and shows keep leaping out of Warner's own Max platform and into competitors such as Netflix.

For now, we're excited to see how Superman & Lois season 4 wraps the series up later this year and before the focus shifts to the next live-action Kal-El.

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