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It seems Batwoman won’t be the only hero roaming a version of Gotham City on The CW, as the network has put a Gotham Knights series into development, based on the DC Comics series of the same name.
TV Line reports the project will pick up in the wake of Bruce Wayne’s murder as his “adopted son” (no word on which “son” that might be from the myriad potential options and Robins throughout the Batman canon) teams up with the children of Batman’s enemies after they are accused of killing the Dark Knight. Per TV Line, the logline teases this “renegade band of misfits must fight to clear their names — but in a Gotham with no Dark Knight to protect it, the city descends into the most dangerous it’s ever been.”
The project is being produced by Chad Fiveash and James Stoteraux (Batwoman, Gotham), along with Natalie Abrams (Batwoman), who is a co-executive producer. Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti is also attached to produce.
Little else is known about the project, including exactly how (or if) it will fit into the Arrowverse’s version of Gotham City (i.e. be connected to Batwoman) or set in its own alternate universe in a different version of Gotham. The initial report notes that the show is not a spinoff of Batwoman, for what that’s worth (and to hopefully avoid any confusion, also doesn’t have anything to do with the upcoming Gotham Knights video game, which focuses more on the larger Bat-family).
Even if the series does wind up in its own disconnected corner of the multiverse, the Arrowverse has shown it’s never too far away to bring another series into the fold down the line for a crossover. It might take a few seasons, but you just know they'd have to be cooking up a Batwoman/Gotham Knights crossover at some point, right?
The concept of exploring characters around Batman on the small screen isn’t a new one, and this will make only the latest project to mine that territory, following Titans on HBO Max, Pennyworth on Epix/HBO Max, Batwoman on The CW, Gotham on Fox, and at least one (or two) upcoming HBO Max spinoffs from The Batman film. Not to mention the short-lived Birds of Prey series from back in The WB days.
It’s wild to think we’ve had a half-dozen TV shows built around the Batman universe, and so few of them actually focus on… ya know… the Dark Knight himself. Oh well, guess we’ll have to keep following all these other heroes around the mean streets of Gotham in the meantime.