It was back in May when we reported that Batwoman would be debuting in the Arrowverse later this year as part of the annual crossover event between Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl – and now comes word that the character is to get her own show!
As per Deadline, Greg Berlanti is developing a new series based around the Kate Kane character, with The Vampire Diaries and Smallville’s Caroline Dries currently penning the pilot episode.
The extremely early blurb for Batwoman reads:
In Batwoman, 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 our lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the falling city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
The Batwoman character will debut in this December’s crossover extravaganza, with her own series expected to premiere at some point in 2019.
To date, the shared Arrowverse realm of Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and (kind of) Supergirl has made mention of plentiful Bat-tropes, such as name-dropping Gotham, Blüdhaven and even Bruce Wayne, not to mention a whole host of famed Bat-villains have been utilised across those shows.
For those not familiar with Batwoman, she’s a character who’s found herself back in the spotlight again in more recent years, although her origins actually date back to a 1956 debut as Kathy Kane in Detective Comics #233. The Kathy Kane character was a creation of Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff, and soon became synonymous with the Silver Age expansion of Batman’s supporting cast of players.
In more recent years, Batwoman was given a spruce up as part of DC Comics’ New 52 reinvention. Now while The New 52 as a concept was largely flawed and found wanting for a number of reasons, the change to Batwoman was one of the more positive moves to come from the rejig. After seemingly dropping off the face of the Earth, Batwoman was brought back into the fold in that 2006 refresh, reimagined as Kate Kane, a Jewish lesbian with bucket-loads of cash behind her. Inspired by Batman, she decided to use her hefty resources to don the cape and cowl and become one of Gotham City’s protectors.