The next big CW crossover will feature the debut of Batwoman and bring Gotham City into the Arrow-verse…
Batwoman is joining the CW Arrow-verse.
On Thursday during the CW’s upfront presentation for the 2018-2019 television season, the announcement was made that the next major crossover between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow would not only bring Gotham City into the fold but Batwoman would be introduced as a character for the first time ever.
“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,” Arrow star Stephen Amell said. “For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.”
In addition to that news, CW boss Mark Pedowitz also confirmed that Gotham City would become part of the shared Arrow-verse after being mentioned previously in episodes of Arrow as well as The Flash.
For those unfamiliar with the character — Batwoman has undergone different origin stories from the comics including one where she was a rich heiress to the second wealthiest family in Gotham (behind the Wayne family of course) and then the more modern version, which seems more likely as a jumping off point for this story. Following the introduction of the New 52 (DC’s reboot of their shared universe), Kate Kane is the daughter of military parents, who travel the globe while working in the intelligence community. Sadly, Kate’s family is cut in half after she’s taken hostage alongside her sister and mother but during the rescue attempt, she ends up as the only one left alive. Back at home with her father, Kate tries to please him by going into the military herself and she quickly rises up the ranks as a star pupil but is soon sent home after her commanding officers discover that she’s gay.
Back at home, Kate’s father ended up marrying a wealthy woman who built her fortune by designing and selling weaponry. As for Kate, she grows despondent after falling out of the military and become legendary around Gotham for her partying habits. After surviving a mugging by using her skills learned in the military, Kate decides to take up a new cause as a vigilante and with her father’s help, she trains to become a savior for those less fortunate. Kate also outfits herself with the latest in military technology thanks to her father’s connections as she transforms into Batwoman.
Of course there’s no telling how the Arrow-verse will introduce Batwoman but it almost seems like a certainty that if this character is going to play a central role in the upcoming crossover that there’s always a chance she gets a series of her own. The CW has invested heavily in DC projects with five series currently on the air based on those characters and a sixth might seem like a no brainer if Batwoman is well received.
For now, casting will begin as the CW searches for the perfect candidate to play Batwoman in the crossover series that will air in December between Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow.