April 6-7, 2024
Written by Vanessa Agius
With every Arrowverse crossover event comes episodes jam-packed with action and surprises. Last week, “Supa-Star” Stephen Amell announced at The CW upfront presentation in New York that Batwoman would be introduced during the next crossover.
Making her live-action TV debut, the Gotham City vigilante is sure to shake things up, with the President of The CW Network, Mark Pedowitz, stating that this version of Gotham City is in no way connected to the popular FOX series Gotham.
So, who is Batwoman? Known to the non-crime fighting world as Kate Kane, Batwoman’s origins, in the modern interpretation, begin with a young girl entering military training after a traumatic childhood experience.
When her sexuality causes her to be kicked out of the United States Military Academy, she returns to Gotham City to pursue a reckless lifestyle and falls onto the wrong side of the law. After roughing it out in Gotham, and defending herself against an attacker on one unfortunate night, she is inspired by Gotham’s own caped-crusader, Batman, to take the law into her own hands, and thus Batwoman is born!
With hints at Gotham City and the world of Batman scattered throughout the Arrowverse, it’s refreshing to finally see an under-represented hero step into the limelight, in the crossover event set to air this December.
Batwoman’s presence within the series is important as she paves the way for this new version of Gotham City within the Arrowverse. She also serves as a strong female role model, and more representation for the queer community, which the Arrowverse has a strong track record with already, featuring characters such as Alex Danvers, Sarah Lance and Ava Sharpe.
No casting decisions for Batwoman have yet been finalised or announced, but whoever is set to take up the strong-willed cape of the red bat has a big task on their hands, being the first woman to bring her live-action to the TV screen. Previously voiced by Yvonne Strahovski in Batman: Bad Blood and played by Katherine Victor in The Wild World of Batwoman film, this new, modern age Batwoman will bring her story to a whole new generation of fans.
Whether or not Batwoman’s appearance within the Arrowverse will spark a spinoff either for herself or another one of Gotham City’s vigilantes is yet to be seen or confirmed. With The CW running ten seasons of the Man of Steel in the hit series Smallville, as well as its current universe of DC superheroes, Batman fans are yet to see a Gotham City live-action TV series in the CW circuit.
Contrary to the current series Gotham on FOX, which focuses on the origins of Gotham city’s future rogues, and some of its heroes, a series that focuses on the Bat-fam well into their superhero years amongst the rest of the CW universe would be an interesting perspective. Any future development plans are likely to rely on audience reception to Batwoman’s introduction and fans cannot wait to see her hit the screen!