For those who enjoyed the scenes we got of Batwoman in the three-episode “Elseworlds” crossover, you can rejoice: according to TV Line, the CW has indeed ordered a Batwoman pilot.
Arrow/Flash director David Nutter will be handling the pilot, and Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) wrote the pilot episode. Dries will serve as an executive producer alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
“Slated for a potential Fall 2019 premiere, Batwoman would follow Kate Kane — the second incarnation of the Batwoman character in DC Comics lore, introduced in 2006 — who is described as ‘an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter’ who is ‘primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.'”
Ignoring my own mixed feelings about Ruby Rose, there’s still a major part of me that is excited that Batwoman/Kate Kane will be joining the live action universe. The character is well-loved and it’ll be fun to see another member of the Batfamily besides Dick Grayson and Bruce Wayne brought into the fold. Not to mention that it’s great to see a lesbian woman being able to play a lesbian character. My hope is that they will bring in other female writers who are lesbians and queer, along with Jewish writers, to make sure that part of Kane’s identity isn’t ignored.
When Caroline Dries was asked about why they decided to reveal Kane’s identity instead of holding it out for the pilot, she said that “[i]t 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.”
Personally, I think it would seem weird if they had kept it a secret, considering we already know who the actress and character are. If anything, they should have given us a bit more of Kane, just so that we could get a better feel for the character, especially since we know it was leading up to this potential pilot.
Casting is in the works to bring on Kate’s father Colonel Kane, Batwoman’s archenemy Alice, and a character that some say sounds like a Renee Montoya-type. Considering Montoya is going to be appearing in the Birds of Prey series, I’d be a little surprised if they used her here. On Arrow, they got rid of a lot of characters on the show who ended up in the Suicide Squad movie (mistakes all around), so if we see the real Renee Montoya that’ll be an interesting shape up.
I’ll try to stay optimistic. With the exception of Arrow, I do enjoy all of the Arrowverse shows to a degree, and I think that they have the potential to do something really special with Kate Kane and the property. The world needs more crime-fighting lesbians.
What did you guys think of Ruby Rose as Batwoman in “Elseworlds”: are you interested in seeing another comic book property enter the Arrowverse?
(via TV Line, image: Jack Rowand/The CW)
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