Great news, Batwoman fans! Not only will Kate Kane be making her first live-action appearance in December’s Arrowverse crossover, but she’ll be getting her own series! Produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff John, and Caroline Dries (who will also be writing) the series will potentially be premiering in 2019.
If you’re unfamiliar with the comics, the synopsis for the series should be enough to get you excited;
“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.”
According to TVLine, the casting call is for an “out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play age 25 to 29,” so not only are we getting an openly gay title character, but she’ll be played by an out actress. This could be a great opportunity for a relatively unknown actor to get their foot in the door.
In a recent episode of That Hashtag Show, the crossover event will take place during Supergirl, The Flash, and Arrow’s ninth episodes, with Legends of Tomorrow being left of of the crossover completely. Their report also claimed Kate Kane will be a “recurring guest star,” which means she could be making appearances in Arrowverse shows beyond the crossover. There’s still no news about which Earth Batwoman will be from, Earth-1, like Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow or Earth-38 like Supergirl. It’s likely Earth-1. If Maggie Sawyer (Floriana Lima) was still on Supergirl, I’d suggest Maggie would be Kate’s lead into the Arrowverse, but CW kind of messed that one up royally.
Since it’s unlikely we’ll see Maggie, I’m hoping we’ll get an early appearance of Renee Montoya, Kate’s first love in the comics. Renee is a detective in the Major Crimes unit in Gotham and then becomes The Question. She could be a really interesting addition to the Arrowverse.
Batwoman is a great character in the comics. I’m really excited that she’ll be getting her own show. I just hope it’s done right. Unfortunately, there’s a lot at stake if the show isn’t well received, as people will take the opportunity to argue that shows with lesbian leads just aren’t profitable.