The CW has confirmed that a live-action Batwoman series is in the works, with DCU mega-producer Greg Berlanti heading the project. The character of Batwoman will be introduced to the Arrowverse via the CW DC crossover event in December, and then transition to its own series in 2019. The show would mark the first live-action, openly-gay superhero in history.
In the comics, Batwoman is Kate Kane, an out lesbian streetfighter who works to bring justice to the streets of Gotham. Here is the official logline for the show:
“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 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.”
After a long hiatus from the comics, Batwoman was reintroduced in 2006 as an out Jewish lesbian, in an attempt by DC to diversify their character profile. Within the CW Arrowverse, there are a number of out LGBTQ characters, including Curtis Holt in Arrow, Sara Lance in Legends of Tomorrow, Captain Singh in The Flash, and Supergirl’s Alex Danvers.
The script is slated to be penned by Caroline Dries, who was previously a showrunner for The Vampire Diaries. Dries has also written for Smallville and Melrose Place.
This news comes following Greg Berlanti signing a $400 million deal with Warner Bros TV. He also serves as a producer for Arrowverse shows Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, and Black Lightning.
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