CW Developing 'Batwoman' Show With Lesbian Lead

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In the Batwoman series, Kate Kane, an out lesbian with a razor-sharp set of crime-fighting skills, takes to the streets of Gotham as the titular vigilante. The series is being developed by Warner Bros. TV-based Berlanti Productions linchpin Sarah Schechter and DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns.

Attached to write and executive produce BATWOMAN is THE VAMPIRE DIARIES alum Caroline Dries.

And whoever ends up playing Batwoman will actually show up alongside the heroes of those shows, as she'll crop up in one of the DCTV's annual crossovers later this year.

And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Kane becoming a full-fledged hero won't be such an easy road as she "must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope". Should the live-action series get picked up, it'll be Berlanti's 7th show on the network and his 15th on-air series, overall.

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It is well known that The CW represents the LGBT community with many of their characters, and Batwoman will be no different, but also looks to be the first of its kind by having a lesbian lead character.

"Yes, she's a lesbian", Rucka told the Comic Book Resources website at the time.

Not everyone is super optimistic about the prospect of another DC x CW series, but it would make Batwoman the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series.

Casting for an actress, most probably a lesbian, to play the role of Batwoman is slated to begin soon for the "Arrow"-verse crossover event, as stated in the report". The DC superhero was created as a love interest for Batman in the 50's to combat criticism that Bruce Wayne might be gay. In the story, when the Weeping Woman comes back to life, she steals children away from their families and drowns them in a deluge of her own tears. Batwoman also made a cameo in direct-to-video superhero film Batman vs. Robin and appeared in 2016's Batman: Bad Blood, voiced by Yvonne Strahovski.

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