Live-action adaptations of lesser known superhero characters can be a bit tricky, especially if said lead has a better known counterpart. Usually that better known counterpart is probably going to be made into a film over a series. The film studios are not entirely thrilled about crossing the streams.
When Supergirl had its first season, they were very careful about they framed Superman within the story: text messages, the sun shadowing his face, boots poking out over the table. Even though we have an actor playing the character, Tyler Hoechlin is used sparingly. Why? Because it’s not Superman’s story. We don’t want Supergirl overshadowed by her more famous cousin.
Needless to say, it sounds like there’s a similar quandary in handling Batwoman. Bruce Wayne and Batman of Earth-1 have already had their disappearances explained in the “Elseworlds” crossover. Wayne apparently fled Gotham about three years ago for undisclosed reasons.
According to The Wrap, we still won’t be seeing Bruce or his counterpart in the series proper.
Sarah Schechter, excutive producer for Batwoman, explained, “It’s a post-Batman Gotham City. What is it like after these heroes leave?”
It definitely sounds like they’re getting inspiration for the little watched Birds of Prey series, which structured things in a similar way.
Schechter continued, “Batman is missing. What does that do when your heroes are gone and who steps into that void? What’s great about the restriction of just focusing on Batwoman is that we have to build a world for our character. It’s a character that people don’t really know.”
Batwoman is one of several pilots in consideration for the 2019-2020 CW television season. It’s also pretty much considered a lock for pick-up to series.