Out Superheroine Batwoman Heading To The CW’s “Supergirl”

Her ex, police detective Maggie Sawyer, will also appear on the show's second season.

We’ve touted how gay men are so well represented on Greg Berlanti’s DC Universe shows—from Wentworth Miller and Victor Garber on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow to Arrow’s out superhero Mr. Terrific (Echo Kellum).

Now let’s hear it for the girls: Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman, is reportedly heading to Supergirl, the Berlanti-produced show soaring to the CW from CBS for its second season. Bleeding Cool News has the report, though no actor has been announced for the role.


The Gotham superheroine’s ex-girlfriend, Detective Maggie Sawyer, has also been announced as joining Supergirl. The Hollywood Reporter announced that actress Floriana Lima has been added as a series regular, playing the lesbian cop introduced in the Superman comic book back in the 1980s.

On Supergirl, Maggie will be a detective for the National City Police Department who takes a special interest in the cases involving aliens.

“I wanted to contemporize these comics that I loved growing up and have them reflect the society that we live in now,” Berlanti said. “It’s still about working in some of those very real qualities so that everyone feels represented.”


Other additions to Supergirl include Teen Wolf’s Tyler Hoechlin as Superman, Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, as the president of the United States.

Supergirl’s second season premieres October 10 on The CW.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.