Legends of Tomorrow co-showrunner Keto Shimizu reveals that Donald Faison’s Gold Booster was added in the seventh season to attract new viewers.
Legends of tomorrow Co-showrunner Keto Shimizu confirmed that Booster Gold was meant to save the CW series from cancellation.
Responding to a fan on Twitter, Shimizu revealed that Booster (played by Donald Faison) had been added to Legends of tomorrow‘s seventh season” to “excite” audiences and attract more viewers…in an effort to save the show.” She also confirmed that the decision to add Booster was backed by DC Entertainment and The CW co-owner Warner Bros. Entertainment, who both wanted to improve the show’s chances of renewal.
The rumors that the CW would remove Legends of tomorrow began circulating in April, in response to the network’s reluctance to officially renew the series for an eighth season. The CW had already officially confirmed that it was renewing two other shows set in the Arrowverse, the flash and Superman and Lois, in March. The official Legends of tomorrow the writers room even launched a #RenewLegendsofTomorrow campaign on Twitter, which was quickly endorsed by other cast and crew members.
The CW officially canceled Legends of tomorrow end of April. The news was shared by the Legends of Tomorrow writers room on Twitter, as part of a lengthy message thanking fans for their support. “We are cancelled,” they wrote. “It’s been the journey of a lifetime for all of us. The little show that wasn’t meant to be, turned into the show that could be all it wanted… We will desperately fail to create this show, but above all, we will miss doing it together and sharing it with you.”
A flurry of emotional farewell messages from Legends of tomorrowThe cast and crew soon followed. “For a while, I had the opportunity to play a superhero (the first American Muslim in live-action!), said Tala Ashe, who played Zari Adrianna Tomaz. “This series changed my life and I will cherish the relationships I have made for the rest of my life.” Caity Lotz actor Sara Lance and Shayan Sobhian, who played Behrad Tarazi, each shared video messages saying goodbye to their characters. “We have the heartbroken, but also extremely grateful for the amazing work our cast, crew, and writers have contributed to the little show that could,” Shimizu said in her own statement about the cancellation.
Shimizu also addressed the cliffhanger ending of Legends of tomorrow Season 7, which will now be unresolved. “The cliffhanger isn’t the CW’s fault. It’s mine,” she said. “I played chicken with the pickup and lost. I hope the story can continue in another form. TV movie? Comic book? Listen on the radio?”
The seven seasons of Legends of tomorrow are available to stream on Netflix.
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