A Batwoman series could soon be added to The CW’s substantial roster of DC heroes.
Batwoman will be hitting the Arrowverse this coming December as part of the annual crossover, and she could have her own series after that. As per Deadline, The CW is officially developing a Batwoman series for consideration in 2019.
The project comes from Caroline Dries, who was an executive producer on The CW’s The Vampire Diaries, and Arrowverse’s architect Greg Berlanti. No lead actress hasn’t been cast as yet. Whoever is chosen for the series will almost certainly be making her first appearance as the DC heroine in the crossover later this year in what would be the character’s backdoor pilot.
Berlanti had a hand in bringing the first gay superhero lead to animation in the animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray and the Arrowverse features a number of LGBT characters (Curtis Holt, Captain Singh, Sara Lance, Alex Danvers), but we still haven’t had a gay superhero leading a live-action series. That would change of this Batwoman series goes ahead.
The official logline for the potential show:
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 / Kathy Kane was created by writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Sheldon Moldoff (under direction of DC Comics editor Jack Schiff) and made her first appearance in Detective Comics #233 (July 1956). She was originally conceived as a love interest for Batman in order to combat the allegations of Batman’s homosexuality. Batwoman was later removed and the 1985 limited series Crisis on Infinite Earths retroactively established that she had, in fact, never existed. The character was reintroduced to DC continuity in 2006 as Kate Kane, a lesbian of Jewish descent.
Casting is now gearing up to find who will don the cape. Stay tuned.