In some awesome news that quite frankly isn’t totally unexpected, The CW has put in a full series order for Batwoman.
With Ruby Rose debuting as Kate Kane/Batwoman in last year’s stunning Elseworlds crossover, The CW had put in a pilot order with the hope of taking Batwoman forward as a full series should the pilot whet the appetite of the powers-that-be. And seemingly, said appetite has indeed been whet.
This marks Batwoman as the fifth Arrowverse show, following in the footsteps of Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl. Of course, Arrow itself – the show that started this shared Arrowverse realm – is coming to an end late this year following a shorter eighth season.
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.
In addition to the aforementioned Ruby Rose as the titular heroine, Batwoman will also feature Rachel Skarsten as the sinister Alice, Camrus Johnson as tech genius Luke Fox, Meagan Tandy as Kate’s one-time love Sophie Moore, Nicole Kang as Kane’s BFF Mary Hamilton, Dougray Scott as Kate’s father Jacob Kane, Elizabeth Anweis as Kate’s stepmother Catherine.
Batwoman will debut later this year.