Batwoman is the latest character to join the parade of peripheral players making an appearance — as a teaser for a proposed series — in this week’s episode of “Arrow” on the CW network. It’s part of the CW’s three-night crossover event, which combines its DC series “The Flash,” “Arrow” and “Supergirl.”
Batwoman is played by actress Ruby Rose, and the proposed show would be the first to star a LGBTQ superhero if it becomes its own stand-alone series.
The character is just the latest masked vigilante within an increasingly crowded universe, as DC Comics and Warner Brothers (like CNN, both units of WarnerMedia) look to leverage a signature franchise across television.
The studio has clearly realized there are plenty of possibilities surrounding its Bat brand, especially when producers have the latitude to target shows more narrowly to passionate niche audiences.
The expansion comes as DC has relaxed its self-imposed restrictions — adopted to avoid diluting the Batman movies — about expanding the Batman universe on television.
At a screening of the crossover episodes last week, producer Caroline Dries — who is developing a Batwoman pilot — said that given past concerns, the writers were shocked by their newfound freedom to weave Gotham City, the crime-ridden metropolis that Bruce Wayne calls home, into its storylines.
Despite the early fanfare, it remains to be seen whether Batwoman/Kate Kane — the moonlighting billionaire’s cousin, introduced in the comics in 2006 — will earn an order for a full series. But if she does make that leap — joining others heroes with a connection to DC’s “bat” mythology — she’ll have a fair amount of company.
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