Arrowverse fans have been waiting for this news and now it’s been made official: The CW is going to move forward with a Batwoman stand-alone TV series.
On Thursday, the network green-lighted a pilot order for the Ruby Rose-starring drama from writer and showrunner Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and executive producer Greg Berlanti.
Rose made her first appearance as the character last month in the Arrow portion of the 3-night Elseworlds crossover event, which was the middle chapter of the trilogy that also included Supergirl and The Flash.
Dries discussed the choice to unmask the Gotham heroine in last month’s crossover with TVLine vs. holding her identity for the series, saying: it “felt like the right move,” adding, “It was important for us to humanize Kate in a way that made her relatable to the other characters in the Arrowverse, even though we were creating an enigmatic character.”
If ordered to series, this would break yet another barrier for Berlanti as Batwoman would become the first-ever superhero series to be led by a lesbian character, as well as played by an openly gay actress in Rose.
The CW also announced that Arrow/Flash/Smallville pilot vet David Nutter will direct the pilot.
Here’s The CW’s official description:
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.
It’s still early enough for The CW to possibly add Batwoman to it’s 2019 Fall lineup, should the series be picked up.