Lesbian Batwoman is coming to a TV near you

Ruben Ruiz
July 18, 2018

A wealthy socialite who calls Gotham home, Batwoman's Kate Kane is described as "armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind", while physically she is a "highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence". Though she acts like a hero, Kate will have plenty of her own demons to face. It will be written and co-executive-produced by Caroline Dries, best known as the executive producer of The Vampire Diaries.

The offshoot - which at this point has a script development deal - is set up at Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Even so, the character (and Gotham City) is still going to make an appearance on the annual fall crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.

Batwoman already has been a trailblazer for LGBTQ+ representation in comics. But, if the show makes it to TV, Batwoman will be the first major series with a lesbian as the lead character.

In recent years, Batwoman (real name Katherine Kane) has become a big part of the extended Batman family.

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No actress has yet been cast in the role of Kate Kane, but with the crossover upcoming some names should be emerging soon and we should be hearing word of an official casting announcement sooner rather than later. Should the live-action series get picked up, it'll be Berlanti's 7th show on the network and his 15th on-air series, overall.

The CW's superhero offerings are filled with gay characters. Arrow and The Flash have both teased that Gotham City did exist in the Arrow-verse, such as when Amell's Oliver Queen name-dropped Bruce Wayne during this season of Arrow.

DC Comics have been at the forefront of LGBT visibility in comics, recently featuring the first gay superhero couple with Midnighter and Apollo and introducing The Ray as a gay man in the The Ray Rebirth.

This will be the first time the character has been depicted on screen ever. Though the character hasn't appeared in live action, she has been featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, The New Batman Adventures, Batman vs. Robin and Batman: New Blood.

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