Gotham Knights: The CW’s potential new DC series receives pilot order

Curran Walters in Titans Season 3, Episode 12 - Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg / HBO Max
Curran Walters in Titans Season 3, Episode 12 - Photograph by Ben Mark Holzberg / HBO Max /

The CW has ordered a pilot of DC’s Gotham Knights. Will it make it to series? 

A number of weeks ago, it was revealed that a live-action Gotham Knights television series was in development at The CW and that the creative team behind Batwoman were bringing it to life.

Now, as reported by TVLine, the DC project has received a pilot order from the network. It is one of three pilot orders at The CW alongside Walker spin-off Walker: Independence and Supernatural prequel The Winchesters.

Natalie Abrams, Chad Fiveash, and James Stoteraux are writing the Gotham Knights series. The latter also serves as executive producer, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and David Madden. Abrams is a co-executive producer.

Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television is producing for The CW.

Will Gotham Knights get picked up to series by The CW?

A pilot order refers to when a network wishes to produce the pilot episode of a show it may be interested in taking on.

In the case of Gotham Knights, the next step would likely be casting and filming the pilot, but as with previous examples of other shows within The CW’s Arrowverse, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will automatically be ordered to series.

Arrowverse offshoots like Green Arrow and the Canaries and Painkiller never received pick ups after their well-received backdoor pilots were planted in respective episodes of Arrow and Black Lightning, while the network opted not to go ahead with Wonder Girl before it even got to the pilot stage.

There are currently four Arrowverse shows remaining on the air in The Flash, Batwoman, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Superman & Lois, but it’s clear that The CW has a keen interest in developing more DC-related content for broadcast outside of that universe through shows such as DC’s Stargirl and Naomi, and Gotham Knights suggests that the-powers-that-be are invested in more of this type of programming in the future.

Speaking of the Arrowverse, a new spin-off, Justice U starring Arrow‘s David Ramsey, is also in development, but will it be joining Gotham Knights in getting to the pilot order stage?

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