Batwoman, Kate Kane

This fall's Arrowverse crossover will introduce Batwoman and Gotham City

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May 17, 2018, 12:27 PM EDT

The Arrowverse is getting even bigger this fall. It's been a tradition ever since The Flash joined Arrow on The CW that the shows will cross over with each other in the style of classic DC Comics events at least once every television season.

This tradition has since expanded to include fellow DC Comics series Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, and while the 2018-2019 crossover won't necessarily add another show to the mix, it will add a new superhero — and one of the DC Universe's most famous locations. 

During The CW's Upfronts presentation Thursday, Arrow star Stephen Amell revealed this fall's crossover event will include a member of the Bat-family.

“We will be doing another crossover event this fall on The CW [and] we will be introducing a new character. We will be fighting alongside Batwoman,” Amell said.

Batwoman is one of the most important characters in the Batman line of comics at DC. First introduced as Kathy Kane in 1956, the current reigning Batwoman is Kate Kane, introduced in 2006. The daughter of a military man who lost her mother and sister to gun violence at an early age, Kate initially opted to follow in her father's footsteps, and her early military training served her well when she managed to fight off a mugger single-handedly. Her skill in handling the criminal, plus an encounter with Batman, inspired her to take up crimefighting on her own, and she took up the mantle of Batwoman. She was also, from the moment she was introduced, a lesbian, making her one of the most prominent LGBTQ characters in all of comics to this day.

Batwoman's appearance in the Arrowverse is huge, both for the representation opportunities it offers and for the expansion of the universe itself. Because Batwoman means Gotham City, and the crossover will indeed take us there.

“We’re adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse,” CW president Mark Pedowitz said.

This news is still developing, so we don't yet know how much time we'll spend in Gotham, how Batwoman will be introduced, who will play her, or where she'll fit into the universe after the crossover event. At this point, we don't even know what the crossover event is. What we do know is that The CW is getting even more ambitious with its DC Comics stories this fall, and the Dark Knight's city and family of heroes will be part of it.

(Via TV Line)