Since the mid-2000s, the superhero genre has done nothing but grow in movies and television. In 2017 there were six superhero movies released between Marvel and DC, and on television there are more than two dozen superhero shows on air or in development. Mark Pedowitz, president of the CW, is aware of how crowded the airwaves have become. He has devised his own way of warding off the dreaded superhero fatigue.
As of now, Pedowitz and the CW won’t have more than four superhero shows on the air at any given time. It is his way of pacing the genre, as he doesn’t see an end to the superhero craze in sight:
‘The audience will tell you when the fatigue has set in. if you have a quality show or a fun show, the audience will stay with it.’
With the success of CW shows such as The Flash, Arrow, and the early praise for Black Lightning don’t be surprised if you see these shows continue to air for years to come. As long as these shows continue to tell fresh stories and go in unique directions there isn’t a reason the superhero genre has to ever go away.