CW Developing 'Batwoman' Show With Lesbian Lead

The CW is developing a 'Batwoman' series with 'Vampire Diaries' executive producer Caroline Dries and Greg Berlanti, creator of the CW's DC Comics-fueled Arrowverse, featuring 'Supergirl,' 'Arrow,' 'The Flash,' and 'Legends of Tomorrow.'

Batwoman makes her TV debut in December, but if one green-lit pilot goes well, she might be here to stay.

According to Deadline, the CW is developing a Batwoman series for 2019. “Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence," the official description goes. She's also “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.”

The project comes from The Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries (who's also writing it) and Greg Berlanti, creator of the CW's DC Comics-fueled Arrowverse, featuring SupergirlArrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow. (Black Lightning, also a DC/CW property, launched as a standalone last fall and so far has no plans to cross over.) Dries, who will write the pilot, has experience in the world of superheroes, starting her writing career on the CW/WBTV's Smallville.

Batwoman is expected to appear in an Arrowverse über-event this winter, though it’s not clear which series will introduce her. The same actress will likely be the star of the new series.

Not everyone is super optimistic about the prospect of another DC x CW series, but it would make Batwoman the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series.

Others are more optimistic.

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