The CW has officially ordered a pilot for the Batwoman TV show starring Ruby Rose. Last year, the network cast Rose as Kate Kane aka. Batwoman for its annual Arrowverse crossover, which aired late in the year. Although fans were initially excited about finally seeing a live-action version of Batwoman on TV, many still questioned the casting decision. Some fans were so negative about it that Rose left Twitter after the backlash.
Rose, though, wrote about the importance of the role to her. Batwoman is one of a few LGBT characters within the DC superhero universe. During The CW crossover event, titled Elseworlds, the network introduced Rose's Batwoman/Kate Kane as a woman who lived in Gotham and a cousin to Bruce Wayne. During the event, she helped Flash, Arrow and Supergirl in their quest to discover who was changing their realities. Rose's performance during the event garnered praise from many critics and fans, with some beginning to champion for a solo Batwoman series on the network. Of course, the Batwoman TV show was already in development, and now it takes a major step forward.
According to TV Line, the network officially ordered a pilot episode for the Batwoman series starring Rose. The show will be in contention for the 2019-2020 television season. David Nutter (Arrow/Flash) will direct with Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) writing the script. Dries will also executive produce, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns. Dries spoke about the importance of introducing the character during Elseworlds:
It was important for us to humanize Kate in a way that made her relatable to the other characters in the Arrowverse, even though we were creating an enigmatic character.
In DC Comics, Batwoman's alter ego is Katherine Kane. The most modern iteration of the character is Batman's cousin, as seen in the Arrowverse crossover. She is not only a lesbian but is also Jewish, something revealed in DC's The New 52. Her father is an ex-colonel, a military man who often helped Kate as Batwoman. He even created her first suit and weapons. Her comic persona is much like what fans saw in the Elseworlds crossover, which also made mention of a few other favorite DC characters that now officially exist within The CW's Arrowverse, including Penguin, Clayface, Mr. Freeze, Batman, Alfred and Riddler.
The CW has seen nothing but success with its DC superhero universe, so the addition of Batwoman seems like a no-brainer. If Batwoman is ordered to series, it will go down in history as the first TV series with a gay superhero as its lead. Batwoman is a compelling character that fans want more of, so here's hoping a full series gets announced soon - though such an announcement likely isn't to arrive before May, when networks typically decide their next season schedule. Now let's hope that The CW listens to Elizabeth Tulloch, who portrayed Lois Lane on Elseworlds, and also gives fans a Superman and Lois Lane spin-off series.
Batwoman will premiere during the 2019-2020 TV season if picked up by The CW.
Source: TV Line