How do you top a crossover event featuring evil Nazis doppelgängers from am Earth where World War II never ended? Apparently, you bring Gotham City to the The CW and introduce Batwoman to the Arrowverse.
Those were the details announced earlier today at The CW’s upfront presentation in New York, according to TVLine.
Created by the 52 team of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen, Kate Kane is a Gotham socialite whose aspirations of joining the military were dashed when she revealed she was a Lesbian to her superiors. Returning to Gotham, she eventually took up a Bat-themed costume with the aid of her father. In the 52 era, she was a former girlfriend of Renee Montoya — who was becoming The Question at the time — and was inexorably linked with a Darkseid-inspired religion taking root on Earth. Several universal changes to DC Comics continuity has altered some of the details of her origins, but she continues to fight monsters of all stripes. Her appearance in the Arrowverse will be her live action debut.
Previously, mentions of Gotham City or any Batman characters had to be carefully vetted because of 20th Century Fox’s television rights to the characters. A previous quip about Bruce Wayne required clearance from DC Entertainment after Arrow star Stephen Amell ad-libbed the line. And according to some reports, Fox was displeased when the show suggested Harley Quinn was in an A.R.G.U.S. lock-up. But between this and the recently announced Pennyworth series, it seems Fox’s hold on the characters may not be as ironclad as once thought.
Meanwhile, The CW is changing the schedule of their superhero shows a little with Supergirl moving to the network’s new Sunday night alongside the Charmed reboot. Legends of Tomorrow will take over Supergirl‘s old Monday 8pm slot and Arrow will be its lead-out at 9pm. The Flash and Black Lightning remain in their Tuesday night slots — 8pm and 9pm, respectively — with Riverdale holding strong on Wednesdays. iZombie will debut its final season in the winter of 2019.
It is currently unclear if the cast of Black Lightning will be invited to the crossover. Asked about it previously, executive Salim Akil said he wanted the show to establish itself before letting Barry (Grant Gustin) or Cisco (Carlos Valdes) open the way between their story and Earth-1. Considering the highly serialized nature of Black Lightning, it would be tough to think of a moment when the characters could step away from their dramas to banter with the Legends or Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards). At the same time, though, it would be strange for the show not to be involved.
The Arrowverse crossover is set to air in early December.