CW Developing 'Batwoman' Show With Lesbian Lead

The CW announced in May that Batwoman would make her TV debut in the fall's Arrowverse crossover between The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

The Arrowverse-the name for the shared universe of the CW's superhero shows-may get even bigger with a Batwoman show reported being in the works on Tuesday after the character was already confirmed for an upcoming crossover.

It appears that the minds behind the show, including producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schecter and executive producer Geoff Johns, intend to bring Batwoman into the CW landscape through the crossover and use what happens there as the foundation to launch her solo series. But don't call her a hero yet. But with self-destructive tendencies just like her ally, Kane must first fight her demons before saving the city of Gotham.

Of all the members of the Bat-family, Batwoman is probably the most similar to Batman. If the pilot is picked up, the series could air in 2019. First introduced in Detective Comics #233 and created by Edmond Hamilton and Sheldon Moldoff in 1956, Batwoman has gone through two different incarnations and they're both named Katherine.

According to Variety, The CW is developing a series based around Batwoman.

The character was reintroduced in 2006 as a gay woman called Kate Kane.

What's also very cool about this news is that TV Line is reporting that The CW and Warner Bros. are seeking an out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play between ages 25 and 29. "This is the first time ever that Batwoman will make a live-action appearance on any screen", Pedowitz said, adding that, along with Batwoman, the City of Gotham also will be added to the ever-expanding Arrowverse. The character was originally a love interest for Batman but evolved far beyond that in the years that followed.

The US charity GLAAD, which campaigns for LGBT representation in the media, welcomed the prospect of more gay characters on television. Much like Batman, Batwoman is a wealthy crime fighter who chooses to use her money to build a crime-fighting empire.

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