While American network The CW have successfully crafted their own interconnected superhero universe over the past half-decade (dubbed the ‘Arrowverse’) that has been seen on channels all over the world, they still have a white whale they are chasing. They have done everything in their power to bring Batman into the Arrowverse, but contractual and legal obligations have made that next to impossible.
Thus, they’ve moved on to the next best thing. The network is now developing a Batwoman show. The character will reportedly be first introduced in a new Arrowverse crossover special set to air this December, before a full-fledged Batwoman series will arrive after that.
CW veteran Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville) will write and executive produce the series. The show will revolve around Kate Kane, the alter ego of the title character who is “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind”.
Described as “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope”.
This would mark the first gay lesbian lead for The CW’s DC Comics shows, though their animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray did feature an openly gay male superhero, and the character did make a live-action appearance into the Arrowverse, but has currently not had a full live-action series get the greenlight.
There isn’t much else to report, as we still don’t know who will be playing the titular role, either in the crossover special or the full series itself. But that doesn’t mean we can’t get excited for Batwoman and her addition to the Arrowverse, and begin speculating who should be cast in the title role.