In hindsight, we should have seen Kate Kane’s CW arrival as more than just a guest-starring role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti, producer Caroline Dies and The CW are developing a Batwoman television series.
Created by the 52 creative team of Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen — with Alex Ross on costume design duties — Kate Kane first appeared in the pages of the weekly comic during a year in which the main three DC Superheroes took sabbaticals. The character quickly ran into Nightwing and, when her identity was revealed, it was discovered she was a former girlfriend of ex-detective Rene Montoya (who was going through her own superhero origin story at the time). Following the series, Rucka took the character to the pages of Detective Comics, where he and artist J.H. Williams developed the her further as an army brat whose twin sister died during a hostage situation when they were young. Or, at least, seemingly died as her sister emerged as the villainous Alice during that first Detective storyline. The character graduated to her own title in 2011 under the creative direction of Williams and co-writer W. Haden Blackman. The co-authors left the title in 2013 when a DC editorial fiat prevented them from depicting the wedding of Kate to GCPD Captain Maggie Sawyer.
But it seems in the television series, Kate will only be starting her career as a costumed crime-fighter. According to THR’s description of the series, “Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.” Hopefully, Batwoman characters like her father Jake and cousin Bette round out the cast. And, come to think of it, there’s a perfect opportunity for Floriana Lima to reprise her Supergirl role as Maggie Sawyer …
Dries, a veteran of the network’s The Vampire Diaries, will executive produce the show should it go to series. But one key component is still unknown — the identity of the actor playing Kate. The character will debut during the annual CW superhero crossover, which means the part may not yet be cast. But considering the actor will presumably become the star of her own series, her identity will likely be announced soon. Maybe even during the Saturday afternoon Arrowverse panels at Comic-Con.