The CW’s continues work on Gotham Knights.
Variety reports actors Fallon Smythe and Tyler DiChiara have joined the pilot and will continue on as series regulars should the network pick up the series from Batwoman‘s Natalie Abrams, James Stoteraux, and Chad Fiveash — although, it seems the series will not be spinoff of that show or related to the Gotham Knights comic book or video game. Instead, it takes place in a Gotham City where the Batman is dead and his “rebellious adopted son” forms an “unlikely alliance with the children of Batman’s enemies” when they are all framed for killing the Caped Crusader. Wanted by the GCPD, the group must fight to clear their names in a Gotham with no Dark Knight hovering over it.
Smythe and DiChiara will play siblings Harper and Cullen Row. Harper is described as both bisexual and a “gifted engineer who can fix anything.” Cullen, meanwhile, is a transgender teen who is “tired of being polite and agreeable.” He is also said to be “clever and adept at reading human nature.” The pair were introduced during Scott Snyder‘s New 52 run on Batman. Harper, co-created by Snyder and artist Greg Capullo debuted in 2011’s Batman #1 while Cullen (co-created by Becky Cloonan) was introduced a year later in Batman #12, although further changes to their characters have been made by the Gotham Knights development team.
Based on what we know of the show’s premise, the pair seem like a perfect fit for the show. Of course, the program still has a long road to travel before it hits the air and, for all we know, we may never see this version of the Row siblings. Although a pilot has been ordered, Gotham Knights is not a sure bet, particularly as The CW is for sale and Warner Bros. Television may call home the DC characters to HBO Max. Additionally, not every DC project at The CW makes it to air with Green Arrow and the Black Canaries, Painkiller, and Wonder Girl all falling by the development wayside in recent years. The network is also developing Justice U, with David Ramsey set to return as Arrow‘s John Diggle.