Batwoman has been confirmed to make her small screen debut in 2019.
The CW, which has an impressive roster of superhero-related shows already, confirmed that in addition to many of these shows returning for new seasons in the fall, fans will see the introduction of familiar settings and characters from DC comics. Arrow star Stephen Amell shared the news at The CW’s presentation on what’s to come for the Arrowverse shows this upcoming season, EW reports:
“We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character. For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific,” he says. “I need to leave right now and start filming it.”
So… pretty excited to fight alongside Batwoman.
— Stephen Amell (@StephenAmell) May 17, 2018
Next season’s Arrowverse (the catch-all name for Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, which share a connected universe) will introduce both Gotham City and Batwoman. Fans have already seen Batwoman debut within the animated movie Batman: Bad Blood, but there’s still hope that her first live-action appearance will live up to the character’s legacy.
#Batwoman is too important, she is iconic. It's the first time we are getting a live version of the character. I don't beg but I beg you, @TheCW, make her right. Respect her story. Choose the right actress. Don't screw it up, please!
— Ladies of Comics (@ladiesofcomics) May 17, 2018
If they let Jessica Queller write ANYTHING for Batwoman we are storming the gates. pic.twitter.com/OcP6iu3hjj
— Steph (@stephie_d85) May 17, 2018
"When will Batman Appear?"
Emily: "After Batwoman Appears"
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— (@LuluLemonLime83) May 17, 2018
Gotham City is known for being the home for Batman and his team of crime-fighters: Batgirl, the three Robins over the years, Nightwing, and Alfred. Batwoman, or Kate Kane, was first introduced in 1956, but when she was rebooted in 2006, she was both an impressive superhero and out Jewish lesbian. Fans responded positively to her and her inclusion helped to boost visibility for LGBT superheroes in mainstream comics.
Batwoman’s debut is scheduled to happen during the Arrowverse crossover, a seasonal occurrence across all of the related shows. However, we’ll have to wait until December 2018 to get a look at her debut on The CW.
Thankfully, Batwoman will not be the Arrowverse’s only queer character. Legends of Tomorrow has five queer characters, which include Sara Lance, Ava Sharpe, Ray Terrill, John Constantine, and Leo Snart. On Arrow, the show’s two queer characters are Nyssa al Ghul and Curtis Holt. And on Supergirl, there is Alex Danvers. A large part of Batwoman’s popularity is through her visibility as a lesbian superhero, and it looks like she will be in good company.