The CW have announced that they will be both introducing Batwoman, one of the most high-profile LGBTQ superheroes, into the on-screen DC universe. Come December, Batwoman will be appearing in the network’s annual cross-over event. Fighting crime alongside heroes like the flash and Supergirl will be the first time that Batwoman has ever made an on-screen appearance, and it looks like it won’t be the last.
Batwoman (aka Kate Kane) has been described by the network as being armed with a “passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind”. DC’s first openly gay character has set milestones, including a proposal to her girlfriend Maggie Sawyer in 2013. The show will see her soaring onto the streets of Gotham “an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.” But before she can embrace the call to be a symbol of hope for the people of Gotham City, she must overcome her own demons first.
Greg Berlanti, the producing mastermind behind shows like The Flash, Arrow Legends of Tomorrow, Riverdale (to name a few), is developing the Batwoman series ahead of the hero’s network debut. Caroline Dries, former showrunner on The Vampire Diaries whose writing credits include super-hit Smallville, is on board to pen and executive produce the project. There has even been talk of a casting a queer actress as the lesbian character.
If the series is picked up, Batwoman will be going the ranks of several openly queer characters in the on-screen DC universe as an out and proud lesbian. The CW have made huge strides towards LGBTQ inclusivity in their DC TV productions Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow. In 2016, we saw Alex Danver, Supergirl’s adoptive sister, come out as gay and star seeing detective Maggie Sawyer (yes, the same Maggie Sawyer that Batwoman got engaged to in the comics way back when).
Supergirl will also be introducing a transgender character, Nia Nal, when it returns for its fourth season. The character might even have some superhero ties, which would make her the first transgender superhero on screen. The third season of CW’s Legends of Tomorrow also saw badass bisexual Sara Lance get together with time bureau agent Ava Sharpe. DC’s Black Lightning features Thunder, a black lesbian teacher/medical student who goes by Anissa Pierce by day.
Marvel really have some catching up to do, with only two minor LGBTQ characters represented in the shape of lesbian superhero/alien Karolina Dean of the Runaways and Valykrie in Thor Ragnarok- neither of whom have yet to have a romantic relationship with a same-sex partner on-screen.
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