We already know that Batwoman is scheduled to make an appearance in the Arrowverse during the annual crossover event this December, but it has now been announced that Kate Kane will become a permanent member of The CW’s hero roster.
The CW has put a Batwoman TV series into development, set for 2019, coming from architect of the Arrowverse, Greg Berlanti, and Vampire Diaries executive producer, Caroline Dries.
Deadline has written a brief synopsis for the proposed series: “In Batwoman, written by Dries based on the DC characters, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane 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.”
Batwoman is already a traileblazer in terms of LGBTQ+ representation in comics, as after a long hiatus, in 2006 she was reintroduced into the DC Comics universe and established as being a Jewish lesbian, making her the first lesbian superhero in the DC universe.
Now, should this project come to fruition (it’s probably based on how well the character is received during the Arrowverse crossover) Batwoman would become the first gay lead in a live-action superhero series.
Casting for the role is likely imminent, given that the Arrowverse crossover will air in December of this year, and if Batwoman does go to pilot, this actress will likely remain as the leading lady.
CW president, Mark Pedowitz announced (alongside Arrow star Stephen Amell) the character’s imminent arrival in the Arrowverse, stating, “This is the first time ever that Batwoman will make a live-action appearance on any screen” before adding that the City of Gotham will also be added into the ever-expanding universe.
More on Batwoman when we have it.