CW Network Greenlights Lesbian Batwoman Series

Sergio Cunningham
July 18, 2018

According to a new report from Variety, The CW has put a Batwoman TV series into development, that will debut in 2019 should it get picked up.

The series will be just one the channel's DC offering, joining the ranks of Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow and more.

The series takes place in the same city of Gotham that Batman calls home and is lead by Kate Kane - an crimefighter with 'a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind'.

However, she must "overcome her own demons" before emerging as a hero in Gotham City. The character was originally introduced as a love interest for Bruce Wayne to combat allegations of homosexuality in the Batman comics, but when the Kate Kane character was reintroduced in 2006, she was written as a lesbian, and was said to be the most high-profile gay DC Comics character. If it happens, it would also be the first solo superhero series with a LGBTQ+ lead on the network. Television, with Dries - who will likely consult on behalf of the character during the crossover event - executive producing along with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and DC's Geoff Johns. Several of Batman's enemies have also made their way into the Arrow-verse, making the absence of the Bat-Family even odder.

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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.

Kate Kane has never been seen on any screen, big or small, so her introduction this winter on The CW will be a landmark for the character. "For the very first time appearing, we'll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific".

DC Comics have been at the forefront of LGBT visibility in comics, recently featuring the first gay superhero couple with Midnighter and Apollo and introducing The Ray as a gay man in the The Ray Rebirth. She appeared on The Brave and the Bold, a Cartoon Network presentation circa 2008, as well as the animated films Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, Batman vs. Robin, and Batman: Bad Blood.

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