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Batwoman TV series in development at The CW to join the Arrowverse

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Jul 17, 2018, 11:59 AM EDT (Updated)

The CW's slate of DC comic book shows is about to grow larger with a Batwoman series currently in development at the network, reports Variety. Should it get picked up, the show would make its debut sometime next year. Even so, the character (and Gotham City) is still going to make an appearance on the annual fall crossover between The Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Once this happens, there will be two depictions of Gotham on two different networks, the other being Fox's Batman prequel series, Gotham.

Vampire Diaries writer/producer Caroline Dries is locked in as a writer and producer on the project, along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns. To that end, the casting and tonal decisions made for the crossover event would likely carry over into a potential series. Think of it as one heck of a big backdoor pilot, basically.

Making her debut in 1956's Detective Comics #233, Batwoman began as Kathy Kane, a rich Gotham socialite and former circus performer who uses her money and skills to fight crime and attract the attention of Batman, for whom she harbors romantic feelings.

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However, this iteration of the hero was wiped out of DC's continuity during 1985's seminal limited series, Crisis on Infinite Earths. Batwoman was reestablished into existence in 2006 in the form of Kate Kane, a Jewish LBGTQ character, one of the first-openly gay characters in the DC universe.

While different from Barbara Gordon, Batwoman's shot at her own TV show could certainly help kick the DCEU's Batgirl movie into high gear. Earlier this year, Joss Whedon left the big screen project after the story "crumbled" in his hands. Nevertheless, that film is still on track with Bumblebee scribe Christina Hodson hired to work on the script.