Batwoman swoops into the Arrowverse

Why we can’t wait to see Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, the first openly gay superhero to headline a comic book series.

It’s official! Batwoman is coming to the Arrowverse, and you can watch this space because when it lands, it’ll be first to M-Net City – the home of the superheroes!

If you’re feeling lost and sad that Gotham is on its final season, then don’t be. With a little luck, we’ll be heading back to Gotham with a brand-new series before the end of the year.

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Batwoman will follow the exploits of Kate Kane – the second incarnation of Batwoman in the comic-book universe. According to the CW Network, she’ll be “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind. Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham… [a] highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.”

Batwoman will also be TV’s first openly-gay superhero to headline a series, and in the keeping with the Arrowverse’s representation policy, the CW made it a priority to cast a gay actress to take on the role. Ironically, Batwoman was first brought into the comic book universe in the 50s as a love interest for Batman, specifically to dispel rumours that he was gay.

The new series’ Batwoman is based on the 2006 reintroduction of Kate Kane, this time as something more than just a sexy sidekick to the main hero. It was a character made for a strong, gorgeous actress, an edgy action heroine who had already earned her wings and could kick butt with the best of them.

Enter actress Ruby Rose. If the name is familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen her beating up Keanu Reeves (in John Wick: Chapter 2), or Vin Diesel (in xXx: The Return of Xander Cage), or as prison inmate Stella Carlin, Piper’s deadly-hot girlfriend in season three of Orange Is The New Black. Ruby has also been a fashion designer, model, TV presenter, recording artist, DJ, short-film producer and boxer.

On Instagram, Ruby said she was “thrilled and honored”, but also “an emotional wreck” over the casting. “This is a childhood dream. This is something I would have died to have seen on TV when I was a young member of the LGBT community who never felt represented on TV and felt alone and different. Thank you everyone. Thank you god,” she posted.

But who is Batwoman?

Batwoman is the story of Bruce Wayne’s cousin, Kate Kane. Although her origins diverge from the comic books (she’s Bruce’s aunt in the comics), the show looks set to be everything we could hope for.

The series picks up three years after both Bruce Wayne and Batman (strange coincidence, that) have disappeared from Gotham, and Kate has taken over the mantle as the city’s protector. But, CW cautions, “don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”

Why are we so excited?

Gotham has quite the roster of super villains. In fact, it’s probably the most dangerous place in the Arrowverse, and we can’t wait to see Batwoman kick supervillain butt on a weekly basis. And hey, maybe Batwoman and Supergirl will get on better than their male counterparts do. Let’s face it, those boys have way too many issues. With Arrow on its penultimate season, DC execs will no doubt be on the lookout for a new flagship series. Could Batwoman be it?

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If, like us, you’re going er … batty waiting for the show to land, there’s good news: we’ll get our first glimpse of Ruby Rose donning the Cape and bat-ears in the upcoming Arrowverse crossover, Elseworlds, from 24 to 26 June.