The first full-length trailer for the Batwoman TV show has arrived. We first learned that The CW was looking to expand its small screen corner of the DC universe, commonly referred to as the Arrowverse, by bringing this character into the fold. Ruby Rose was cast in the role of Kate Kane, the woman behind the mask. She made her first appearance in the most recent Arrowverse crossover event, which served as a springboard for her own show. Now, we have our first good look at Kate Kane in action, solo style.
Easily the most interesting thing in this trailer, right up top, is that we learn Batman exists, or at least did exist, in this universe. He's been gone for a few years. His absences has led to the streets of Gotham City being flooded with crime. We see one of Kate Kane's closest friends (or maybe more than a friend) get kidnapped and that sets her on a quest to become Gotham's new hero. The trailer is absolutely action-packed and really puts all of the major pieces in place. We get the Batcave, sidekicks, a main villain in the form of Alice, head of the Alice in Wonderland gang. It's all here. The trailer is punctuated by a particularly resonant line from Ruby Rose.
"I'm not about to let a man take credit for a woman's work."
Kate Kane will be the first openly LGBTQ hero on a superhero TV series, which makes Batwoman rather significant. Batwoman was originally introduced by DC Comics in 1956 as Kathy Kane, who was a love interest for Batman at the time. The Kate Kane version of the character was the first ever lesbian superhero to get her own title in the pages of DC Comics in 2006. The Elseworlds crossover event marked the character's first appearance in live-action. This will be the first time the character has been given a solo series.
Greg Berlanti is on board as an executive producer of the series. Berlanti is the architect behind all of the Arrowverse shows, as well as the DC shows on the DC Universe streaming service. He's truly become one of the busiest men in showbusiness. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) penned the pilot and also serves as an executive producer on the series. Sarah Schecht and Geoff Johns also serve as producers. David Nutter (Game of Thrones) directed the pilot.
The cast for the series also includes Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. With Arrow ending on The CW after next season, the network is going to need a new hero to step in and help to fill the void. Kate Kane is going to be that hero. Batwoman does not yet have a firm premiere date set, but it will debut as part of the network's 2019 fall lineup. Be sure to check out the new trailer from The CW Network YouTube channel below.