The CW is moving forward with a ‘Batwoman’ pilot, starring Ruby Rose. Rose premiered in the role of crime fighter Kate Kane during December’s ‘Elseworlds’ crossover, involving ‘The Flash’, ‘Arrow’, and ‘Supergirl’. In August, The CW made it known that Rose’s appearance would test the waters to see if Batwoman could potentially sustain her own series, and it appears that the answer to that is “yes.” Prior to the airing of ‘Elseworlds’, details emerged regarding what other characters might appear in the ‘Batwoman’ pilot and subsequent series. Rose, who is best known for appearing on Netflix’s ‘Orange is the New Black’ and last summer’s hit ‘The Meg’, was announced as portraying Kate Kane/Batwoman in August and quickly deleted her social media accounts after negative backlash from toxic fans.
However, after ‘Elseworlds’ aired, The Hollywood Reporter posted a poll, and 85% of respondents stated that they were in favor of a solo ‘Batwoman’ series.
Greg Berlanti will executive produce, while Caroline Dries (‘The Vampire Diaries’) will pen the script and serve as showrunner. David Nutter (‘Game of Thrones’) will direct the pilot. Nutter previously helmed the pilots for ‘The Flash’ and ‘Arrow’, so he is familiar with helping set up the Arrowverse. All three will serve as executive producers along with Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns.
Here is the previously released synopsis for ‘Batwoman’:
Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane [Rose] soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
‘Batwoman’ is officially the first pilot that The CW has ordered for the upcoming fall season. The network already has five shows based on DC Comics characters, so it’s unknown whether ‘Batwoman’ will simply be added alongside them or if one or more could be cancelled to make room.
Based on previously released casting descriptions, the pilot will also include: Kate’s father Jacob; her sister Beth, alias the demented villain Alice; love interest Renee Montoya; and Luke Fox, the son of Bruce Wayne’s employee/ally Lucius Fox, who also acts as Batwing in the comics. The pilot or series may also introduce Kate’s cousin Bette, who acts as the hero Flamebird, a former Teen Titan and professional tennis player.
‘Batwoman’ will mark the first series to focus on an openly gay superhero, not to mention one portrayed by a lesbian actor.
Check back for updates as the pilot moves closer to production. Are you looking forward to a potential ‘Batwoman’ series?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter