A stand-alone Batwoman TV series is officially on.
Last year, it was announced that Ruby Rose would be starring as Batwoman in The CW’s annual crossover event, which sees characters from it’s DC Comics shows including The Flash and Supergirl join forces to fight evil.
That happened in December, and marked the first time the fictional superhero had appeared in live-action form on any screen.
Now, the US network have given a pilot order for a new Batwoman series, with Emmy-winning director David Nutter (Game Of Thrones) on board, alongside writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and executive producer Greg Berlanti.
Staying true to her depiction in the comics, Batwoman’s primary identity will be a lesbian called Kate Kane, meaning that the series will be the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead character – who’s also played by a gay actress.
The show’s synopsis describes “out lesbian” Kate as having “a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind”, while her alter-ego Batwoman is a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence”.
But before she can become the hero that Gotham City needs, Kate has her own “demons” to overcome.
After she was cast as the DC Comics superhero in August last year, Orange Is The New Black star Ruby Rose faced backlash – with some falsely claiming she isn’t a lesbian – and eventually deleted her Twitter account because of it.
“Where on earth ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from – has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read,” she wrote before leaving Twitter.
“I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change.”