By James Hibberd
Updated January 11, 2015 at 07:31 PM EST
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Sure, why not? This fall, The Flash premiere was The CW’s most-watched telecast of all time (6.8 million viewers including DVR). How can any network not look at that performance and say, “More, please!”

On Sunday at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour in Pasadena, CW president Mark Pedowitz made waves by renewing eight shows. Then he intriguingly added that he’s in “preliminary discussions” to expand the network’s Arrow/Flash/DC universe with yet another show, but he refused to say which character: “You’d have to be judicious. Could there be another hour in that universe? Possibly. That’s why we’re in preliminary discussion. [The show] has to stand on its own legs.”

After the panel, the executive was asked if Brandon Routh’s Arrow character, Ray Palmer/Atom, could be spun off. “There’s room for a lot of things, but we’re not there,” the executive said vaguely. “Again, preliminary discussions.”

Executive producer Greg Berlanti was also asked about an Atom spinoff, and so was Routh. “We’re in very early talks in a very general idea that we haven’t gone deeper on yet,” Berlanti said. Routh himself said he would love to keep playing the character. “When [the Arrow role] was proposed, I was hesitant to step into DC world again,” said Routh, who starred in 2006’s unloved Superman Returns. “I never thought it would happen and that I would play, in my mind, a pivotal character. It’s been nothing but an amazing experience.”

So it sounds like Atom could be the frontrunner, or one would expect Berlanti or Routh to more firmly shoot down that question. What do you think? Which DC character should have his/her own CW show? Take our poll (Note: We’re leaving out characters that definitely cannot be done on TV right now due to their big-screen projects—like Batman and Superman—but we’re including Wonder Woman since CW previously was developing a show based on her):

Natalie Abrams contributed to this report

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Arrow

Billionaire Oliver Queen — under the vigilante persona of Arrow — tries to right the wrongs of his family and fight the ills of society.
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