Batwoman is set to make her first live appearance, and the best bit is she won’t be appearing in the much maligned DC Extended Universe.
Instead Batwoman will be arriving in what’s popularly known as the ‘Arrow-verse’ – based on the universe of DC superheroes Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl – it will be the first official appearance of someone from the extended ‘Bat-family’.
The news was teased by the Green Arrow himself, Stephen Ammell, who revealed The CW’s intention to introduce Batwoman in their annual crossover event with their other DC shows, taking place this December.
The news was also confirmed by The CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, who said it will be the first time Batwoman will appear ‘on any screen’. It’s believed she will be fighting alongside the Green Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and the Legends of Tomorrow.
While it has not been revealed who will be donning Batwoman’s cowl, I think we can safely assume the unnamed actor will be taking on the Katherine ‘Kate’ Kane iteration – which is by extension the definitive version. Furthermore, The Hollywood Reporter says Batwoman’s introduction to the Arrow-verse will also introduce the city of Gotham, which as we all know is protected by the Dark Knight.
While he has yet to make an appearance in the Arrow-verse the caped crusader has been mentioned and referenced several times on Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow. With the news of Batwoman making her appearance it’s possible we could get a cameo from Batman/Bruce Wayne too. Supergirl has already seen the introduction of Superman played by Tyler Hoechlin.
Batwoman/Kate Kane is an interesting character in the extended Bat-family, in the modern iteration (DC Prime Earth) her character is openly gay, a former army brat who got kicked out due to her sexuality and the cousin of Bruce Wayne. As Batwoman she’s one of the many vigilantes who helps Batman keep the streets of Gotham safe (alongside Batgirl/Oracle, Robin, Red Robin, Red Hood, Catwoman and Nightwing).
Being part of the Bat-family has its perks too, she’s got extensive training by Batman as well as the luxury of having access to his gadgets and considerable wealth.
At this point, you’d expect me to write something positive about the DC movies, but that’s quite hard considering how ‘average’ they’ve been so far (bar Wonder Woman and maybe Man of Steel). There’s still hope for the DCEU to meet the high expectations of fans all over the world.
Part of their below-average performance in the box office is down to DC’s and Warner Bros.’ attempts to play catch-up with Marvel Studios. Instead, they should follow their example and build their universe with each character. It might be a long process but slow and steady wins the race.
It’s why their TV series have had far more success and fanfare. Thanks to the success of Arrow, they were able to create shows like The Flash and Supergirl. Depending on how well their big crossover event with Batwoman goes down in December it could potentially lead to a solo series starring the female Dark Knight too.
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