Batwoman is getting her very own TV show. The CW is officially developing a series centered on Kate Kane who, in the world of DC Comics, takes up the mantle of Batwoman. The character is set to be introduced during the annual Arrowverse crossover event this December, which was revealed back in May during the network's upfront presentation. At the time, it appeared as though she was only going to appear in some of the other DC shows, but there are much larger plans in place.
Greg Berlanti, the man behind the Arrowverse, among many other successful shows, is developing the new DC series with Caroline Dries, known for her work as showrunner on The Vampire Diaries. Dries is writing the script and will executive produce the series alongside Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns. Dries has also worked on shows like Melrose Place and Smallville. The synopsis for Batwoman reads as follows.
"Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, 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."
The DC shows have been massive hits for The CW over the last handful of years. They already have Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Black Lightning, which debuted earlier this year. Batwoman, though, would be huge. Not only because it's so closely related to Batman, but because, as the synopsis reveals, Kate Kane will be an out lesbian superhero. The character's appearance during the crossover event later this year will mark her first ever appearance in the world of live action.
DC Comics debuted Batwoman in the pages of Detective Comics #233 in 1956. Kathy Kane served as the woman behind the mask. Kate Kane didn't take up the mantle until 2006. The character was originally a love interest for Batman but evolved far beyond that in the years that followed. Though the character hasn't appeared in live action, she has been featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, The New Batman Adventures, Batman vs. Robin and Batman: New Blood.
No actress has yet been cast in the role of Kate Kane, but with the crossover upcoming some names should be emerging soon and we should be hearing word of an official casting announcement sooner rather than later. Important to note; Batwoman has not yet officially been ordered to series. The network is in the development phase and they could be waiting to see how she is received during the crossover event. We'll be sure to keep you up to date as more details on the project are made available. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.