Perhaps now that ‘Gotham’ on FOX is officially ending, the world of Bruce Wayne is opening up to the DC Comics shows on The CW. This year, ‘Arrow’, ‘The Flash’, ‘Supergirl’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ will once again crossover for one massive story, but unlike last year’s, when the heroes took on a Nazi army on the parallel world of Earth-X, this storyline seems a bit more grounded and closer in tone to an episode of ‘Arrow’ than ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. But like last year, which introduced Russell Tovey as The Ray, there will be a new hero in this story– Batwoman.
As star Stephen Amell announced:
“We will be doing another crossover event this fall on The CW [and] we will be introducing a new character. We will be fighting alongside Batwoman.”
He also reiterated that whereas the past crossovers were “big” affairs, that this one would be “very specific.” Amell’s Oliver Queen previously dropped the name “Bruce Wayne” in an episode of ‘Arrow’ revealing that Wayne, Gotham, and possibly even Batman were a part of their world, although viewers didn’t see them.
The CW’s president Mark Pedowitz stated:
“We’re adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse, [It will be] another full-throttled action packed event.”
This fall, ‘Supergirl’ is moving to a new home on Sunday nights, while ‘Arrow’ is moving to Monday, which it will share with ‘Legends of Tomorrow’, which shifted to that night this past season to make room for the unrelated ‘Black Lightning’. ‘The Flash’ will remain on Tuesday nights where it reigns as The CW’s top-rated series.
The crossover event will air in December and these crossovers are typically the highest ratings for these shows all year.
Some fans may be disappointed that Batwoman is the character chosen for this event rather than Batman, himself, but the rights to him may still be tied up with ‘Gotham’ which is coming back for a fifth and final season and is believed to culminate with young Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz) becoming the Dark Knight.
Also, the character Dick Grayson/Robin/Nightwing will be tied up on the new ‘Titans’ series, so he would also be unavailable.
Batwoman was originally a fairly minor supporting character that debuted in 1956, but who eventually faded into obscurity before being revived only to be killed off. A new version of Batwoman, Kate Kane– a relative of Bruce Wayne’s — premiered in 2006 and had the distinction of being an openly lesbian character who headlined her own series.
Are you excited to see The CW heroes visit Gotham and team up with Batwoman?