Batwoman has already been scheduled to make her debut in the Arrowverse during CW’s annual crossover event this December, but now there’s talk that she could be here to stay.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a groundbreaking Batwoman series is in development for 2019 consideration. If the series gets picked up, it would feature the first openly gay leading superhero in a live-action series and would ideally cast an out lesbian actress for the title role of Kate Kane, further expanding the CW’s already diverse representation.
In association with Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Caroline Dries, a lesbian herself, is set to write the script. She got her superhero start as a writer on CW’s Smallville before becoming executive producer and showrunner of The Vampire Diaries on a successful seven season run. Master architect of the Arrowverse, Greg Berlanti, will join Dries in production. Berlanti currently has a record 14 shows on air – six of those on the CW – and recently directed the teen romantic comedy Love, Simon.
As reported by Entertainment Weekly, the official log line of Batwoman is as follows:
“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.”
Kate Kane will join many other LGBTQ+ characters in the Arrowverse including Arrow’s Curtis Holt, Legends’ Sara Lance, Legends’ Constantine, The Flash’s Captain Singh and Supergirl’s Alex Danvers — one of Kate Kane’s most prominent love interests from the comics.
While no casting decisions have been made yet, TVLine did report new casting details, writing that the series will be “seeking an out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play age 25 to 29.”
Who do you think will be saving Gotham as Batwoman/Kate Kane?