CW’s Arrowverse is growing. Joining Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning, a TV adaptation of Batwoman is to become the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead character.
Kate Kane, the lead character, who will be introduced in the CW’s annual DC Comics crossover event, and is described as a woman “armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind”. The show’s synopsis continues, “In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Originally introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumours of homosexuality, she was reintroduced as a gay woman of Jewish descent in 2006 and has since become one of the highest-profile openly gay characters of comic books. Of all of Batman’s allies, Batwoman may, in fact, be the most similar to the Dark Knight. Her military training makes her a tough adversary in both armed and unarmed combat.
Greg Berlanti and Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville) are developing the drama ahead of the character’s debut in 2019.
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