Batwoman TV Show In Development, Will Join Supergirl And The Flash In Arrow-Verse
Carol Kane comes to The CW.
The CW already has a host of DC shows, including Supergirl, The Flash, and Black Lightning, but it is looking to add yet more heroes to its roster. Following the news that Batwoman will debut in the network's annual crossover event in December, it has been reported that a Batwoman show is now in development.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW is working with Greg Berlanti, who oversees DC's small-screen output, on the new series. The Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries is set to write and executively produce the pilot. The role of Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) has yet to be cast, but this process will begin soon.
THR also offered a synopsis for the the direction of the new show. It reads: "Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, 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."
Full details of the CW's crossover event are yet to be revealed, but it is likely to incorporate all the shows in the so-called Arrow-verse, namely Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow. The city of Gotham is also set to be added to the Arrow-verse. Unlike Marvel's shows and movies, many of DC's shows exist in separate universes--the Arrow-verse is separate to the movie universe, and series like Gotham and Black Lightning are not part of either.
In related news, it was reported in May that a DC show focusing on the early life of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne's butler, is in the works. This series is being developed by the team behind Gotham, although it won't be narratively connected to that show.