DC TV doesn’t get more widespread and all-encompassing than The CW’s Arrow-verse, but in all these years on all these shows, Batman’s corner of the comic world has only come up in mere hints and teases. That’ll change this year, as Batwoman will officially enter the metahuman-filled fray as part of the next mega-crossover event between The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. (Black Lightning will presumably still be on the outskirts.)
Here’s how Green Arrow himself Stephen Amell made the announcement at The CW’s upfronts presentation (via EW).
The Arrow-verse’s crossover events are generally some of the best episodes of the respective series, and last year’s “Crisis on Earth-X” was as engaging as a TV mash-up can get. And while that set introduced the Mystery Girl and the Earth-X heroes and villains, we’re going to meet the current-era Kate Kane version of Batwoman for this year’s episodes. Considering how open the shows’ producers have been to introducing LGBTQ characters, Kate’s lesbianism will certainly be welcomed.
The CW’s equivalent of Bruce Wayne, Mark Pedowitz, confirmed that not only is Batwoman a confirmed Arrow-verse character, but the shows are officially putting Gotham City on its map of comic locations, which producers weren’t allowed to do a few years ago. In his words:
Stephen Amell has long championed Batman joining the Arrow-verse in some way, and as Oliver Queen, as many others also have, he even got to make a direct reference to Bruce Wayne in Season 6. And one could entertain the assumption that he may have had some kind of influence on the decision to bring Batwoman in, although it’s hard to imagine that anyone on these dramas’ creative teams would have been against embracing one of the many branches within Batman’s long history.
All we want for Christmas is Batwoman now, though we would gladly also take a few more Batman-specific characters as stocking stuffers. We’ll be waiting until October to see the new seasons from The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow, but the wait just got a little more exciting to think about. In the meantime, head to our summer premiere schedule to see all the new shows on the way.