A small screen adaptation of Batwoman is in development with an openly gay lead role.
The show starts at the CW and complements the series of shows based on DC Comics, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and Black Lightning.
The new Batwoman is produced by Greg Berlanti as Executive Producer, who recently signed a $ 400 million four-year extension with Warner Brothers and currently has a record of 14 different scripted series, six of which are broadcast on CW. It is written and co-executive produced by Caroline Dries, known as Executive Producer of The Vampire Diaries. Dries has also worked with the network on shows like Melrose Place and Smallville, another DC Comics estate.
The lead actress presented this December at the CW's annual DC Comics Crossover event is described as a woman "armed with a passion for social justice and a sense of her say."
Kate Kane is an out-lesbian who arrived in Gotham to handle a city-wide crime revival. "But do not call her a hero," says the summary of the program. "In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before accepting the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."
Batwoman was originally introduced to Batman as a love interest in the 1950s to dispel rumors of homosexuality. Since then, Batwoman is the best-known homosexual personality in any DC comic. In 2006, Batwoman was reintroduced as a lesbian of Jewish descent, while Renee Montoya, a former detective detective Gotham, was revealed as a love interest. Dan Didio, co-editor of DC Comics, said that Kane was written lesbian at the time because "we wanted to have a cast that reflected today's society and even today's fan base much more".
DC Comics has been a leader in LGBT visibility in the comic scene and has recently introduced the first gay superhero pair with Midnighter and Apollo and introduced The Ray as a gay man in The Ray Rebirth. Supergirl airing on the CW revealed in 2016 that sister of titular character Alex Danvers is a lesbian, and appears to be casting a transgender character in his new season.
But other weird universes, like Marvel, have lagged behind when it comes to queer representation. In last year's big-screen version of Thor: Ragnarok, Tessa Thompson played Valkyrie, Marvel's first ever open bisexual character. But the actor later revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that a scene confirming Valkyrie's sexuality was cut out of the film.
When Batwoman is picked up for the series, Kate Kane will become the first LGBT starring role in a live action superhero show. In addition, the crossover event in December featuring Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl will mark Batwoman's first live action performance.