It's hard to believe, but we have arrived in the first year without any Arrowverse programming since 2011. Sure, there's the final season of Superman and Lois to look forward to on The CW, but that's not really canon to the legendary shared universe that dominated the small screen for the past decade, which is why its conclusion made 2023 a bittersweet year for fans of the franchise.
The Arrowverse began with the first season of Arrow, which paved the way for various spinoffs and offshoots including The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Black Lightning, as well as the likes of DC's Stargirl, Superman and Lois, Naomi, and Gotham Knights. Through ambitious crossovers and cinematic storylines, the shows brought superheroes back to TV before it all culminated in the final season of The Flash in May last year.
It wasn't always smooth-sailing for the franchise. While the shows were ratings successes for The CW (and benefitted from a long shelf-life due to a huge international audience), some of them could stumble quite a bit throughout their runs. So, as we continue to process the idea of a year without the Arrowverse programming on our screens, let's look back at some of the things that it didn't get quite right.