Batwoman Wings her Way to the Arrowverse in the Next Big Crossover Event

Details are scarce, but filming has already begun.

The CW used Thursday morning’s upfronts to make a major announcement regarding their popular “Arrowverse” shared world of superheroes.

“We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character,” Arrow‘s Stephen Amell said. “For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.”

Adding to the excitement, one of the most important characters in DC comics is coming along for the ride: Gotham City.

“We are adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse,” said Mark Pedowitz, President of The CW.

This expansion into the Bat family and Gotham City will let the Arrowverse explore the world of the Bat family without ruffling feathers at WB, who had declared Batman himself off-limits for television. It’s not clear yet whether Batwoman will exist on “Earth 1” with the Flash and Arrow, or “Earth 2,” home of Supergirl.

The CW uses their annual crossover event to bring characters from it’s superhero franchises — Arrow, the Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow — together to fight bad guys that no one of them could tackle on their own.

Batwoman is secretly Kate Kane, a wealthy socialite and ex-military commando. As a lesbian, Kate was forced out of the army under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. An expert at hand-to-hand combat and independently wealthy, she takes up the mantle of Batwoman for her own reasons and doesn’t need Batman’s tutelage or Bruce Wayne’s money (She actually figured out Batman’s secret identity on her own.)

There was no announcement regarding future plans for the character, but if audience respond well, it is likely we will see Kate again, in her own series or as a guest star on others.

Batwoman Is Back to Her Badass Self

As part of the new “Rebirth” storyline, DC has restored some luster to one of of its best and brightest female heroes. Batwoman has officially joined the cast of the revamped Detective Comics — which is now a team book, rather than us focusing solely on the exploits of Batman.

The new teams features younger heroes Red Robin, Spoiler and Orphan –and throws in a wildcard by including the villain Clayface trying for his shot at redemption.

But Batman needs someone to whip this newly-formed team into shape. And he chooses his cousin Kate Kane a.k.a. the military-trained Batwoman; a woman that Bruce trusts so much, he reveals his secret identity to her .. only to find out that she figured it out on her own more than a year ago.

Writer James Tynion uses this scene to make clear early on that Kate Kane is no one’s “sidekick.” She is every bit Batman’s equal and she won’t be taking a subordinate role to anyone. Batwoman is one of the greatest female heroes created in the past 10 years, and this is a welcome return to form for the character.

Detective Comics #934 is on shelves now.


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