The CW is developing a new series based on the DC Comics superhero series Batwoman to join the acclaimed Arrow-verse in 2019.
The network announced during the May upfront that Batwoman would be making an appearance in the annual DCTV crossover event which combines of all the Arrow-verse shows – Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow for an epic multi-night crossover. This will mark the first time Batwoman will appear in a live setting. Knowing Katherine Kane would be joining our heroes, we couldn’t help but speculate if this would lead to a series – and now it’s official. Prolific producer/creator Greg Berlanti and his team including Sarah Schetcher and Geoff Johns will produce the drama, with Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) will executive producing and writing.
Batwoman’s official log line: “In the CW series, Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Since Arrow premiered on the CW in 2013, Oliver Queen and his alter ego, the Green Arrow, have faced constant comparison to one of DC Comics most famous vigilante heroes, Batman. From the mansion to the surly demeanor, the CW’s flagship hero at times has leaned more comic book Bruce Wayne than Oliver Queen, and fans have been yearning for a mention that Batman exists within this universe. In 7 seasons and throughout multiple shows, Batman or something Bat related has been mentioned numerous times. From Blüdhaven, Wayne Tech, the al Ghul family, and Oracle to outright mentioning Gotham City on Supergirl and confirming the existence of Bruce Wayne at the end of Season 6 of Arrow.
Batwoman was created by writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Sheldon Moldoff under the direction of editor Jack Schiff to expand Batman’s supporting characters. She began appearing in 1956 with Detective Comics #233, in which she was introduced as a love interest for Batman. She was reintroduced to DC continuity in 2006 as Kate Kane.
This modern version of Batwoman is an out-Lesbian of Jewish descent. She began operating in Gotham City in Batman’s absence following the events of Infinite Crisis (2005). Being an heiress, she possesses the finances to produce an arsenal of equipment like Batman. Skilled in hand to hand combat, Kate is experienced in forensic science, law, criminology, interrogation, hacking, and Military Protocol. Kate is often romantically linked to Renee Montoya, a GCPD detective who eventually assumes the identity of The Question.
According to TVLine sources, the drama will not only feature TV’s first gay lead superhero character, but an out lesbian actress will ideally fill the title role. Early rumors are that they are seeking an out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play age 25-29.
Who should play Kate Kane? Here’s a few casting picks (click the gallery to enlarge):