The CW today handed out a pilot order for the Ruby Rose-led Batwoman series, according to The Hollywood Reporter. David Nutter, who has helmed Game of Thrones, Arrow and The Flash, will direct the Batwoman series pilot. Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) will serve as the showrunner for the series.
Ruby Rose (The Meg, Orange is the New Black) appeared as Batwoman in The CW’s three-episode Elseworlds crossover in December 2018. The Batman series is in development for the 2019-20 season.
Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly-trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope. Based on the characters from DC.
Caroline Dries is executive producer and writer of the Batwoman series, which is also executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, and Nutter. The series comes from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.
The Kate Kane iteration of Batwoman was first introduced in 2006 in the weekly comic series 52 and to this date remains one of DC’s most prominent gay superheroes. The daughter of a prominent Colonel and cousin to Bruce Wayne, in the comics, Kate has a tragic childhood in which her mother and sister are both killed after being abducted and taken hostage, leaving her to be raised by her father. Eventually accepted to West Point, Kate does very well academically until it’s discovered that she’s in a lesbian relationship with another student and chooses to leave the school rather than lie about who she is. Over time, inspired by Gotham’s most famous vigilante, Kate finds a new way to fight for justice under the guise of Batwoman.
Since then, Kate Kane’s Batwoman has remained an important part of the Bat-family, anchoring both Detective Comics on occasion and her own self-titled ongoing. She also appeared in the recent animated movie Batman: Bad Blood and in DC video games like DC Universe Online and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham.