Batwoman (TV series)

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Batwoman
Batwoman TV series logo.png
Genre
Based onCharacters from DC Comics
Developed by
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes(list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)Vancouver, British Columbia
Camera setupSingle-camera
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Chronology
Related showsArrowverse

Batwoman is an upcoming American superhero television series developed by Caroline Dries and Greg Berlanti. It is based on the DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman, a costumed crime-fighter created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, and Keith Giffen. The series is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. It is scheduled to air on The CW, where it will air on Sunday nights.

In May 2018, it was announced that Batwoman would appear in "Elseworlds", the Arrowverse series' 2018 crossover, with an announcement two months later that a series centered on the character was in development from Dries. In January 2019, the series received a pilot order from the CW, to be considered for a series order in the 2019–20 television season. By the end of the month, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, and Nicole Kang had been cast to appear alongside Rose in the pilot. The show was picked up to series in May 2019. The series is set to debut on October 6, 2019.[1]

Premise[edit]

Set in a timeline where Batman has abandoned Gotham City,[2] Kate Kane, Bruce Wayne's cousin, must overcome her demons in order to protect the streets as Batwoman and become a symbol of hope.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman: A highly trained street fighter and out lesbian with a passion for social justice who protects Gotham as a vigilante.[3][4]
  • Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore: A former military academy graduate and high-level private security agent who serves as one of Gotham's protectors.[5]
  • Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox: A Batman loyalist who keeps Wayne Tower secure in the Dark Knight's absence and, while "the guardian of all things Batman", understands Gotham needs a new hero. He is the son of Lucius Fox.[5]
  • Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton: Kate's stepsister and polar opposite and an "influencer-in-the-making" who makes it her mission to work with Gotham's underserved communities.[5]
  • Rachel Skarsten as Alice: The leader of the Wonderland Gang whose personality goes from maniacal to charming and back again as she sets out to erode Gotham's sense of security.[6]
  • Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane: Kate's father and a former military colonel who manages The Crows, a private security firm, in an attempt to protect Gotham better than Batman could but whose disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Batwoman.[7]
  • Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane: Kate's stepmother and one of Gotham's most powerful citizens who made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor.[8]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1TBAMarcos Siega[7]Caroline Dries[9]October 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)[1]TBATBD

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In May 2018, The CW president Mark Pedowitz and Arrow lead Stephen Amell announced at The CW's upfront presentation that Batwoman would be introduced in the Arrowverse series' 2018 crossover, "Elseworlds", which aired in December 2018, fighting alongside the other Arrowverse heroes, with Gotham City also appearing.[10][11] In July 2018, it was reported that the CW was planning to develop a series around the character, to air in 2019 if picked up. The series, said to only be a "script-development deal", was written by Caroline Dries, who would also serve as an executive producer with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, and the character's co-creator Geoff Johns. The series would be produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.[3] The following month, Pedowitz noted the pilot would be completed "for mid-season".[12]

In December 2018, Dries submitted a "strong" script for a potential pilot episode, according to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline Hollywood.[9] That led to the series receiving a pilot order from the CW the next month, to be considered for a series order in the 2019–20 television season.[13][9][14] As of April 2019, the series was considered "a lock" at The CW, and reportedly had a writing staff in place.[15] On May 7, 2019, The CW ordered the show to series.[16]

Casting[edit]

Casting for Kate Kane was expected to begin after the announcement of the intended series in May 2018,[17] with the intention of casting an out lesbian actress.[18] In August, Ruby Rose was cast as Kate Kane/Batwoman.[4] In late January 2019, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, and Nicole Kang were cast in the series regular roles as Sophie Moore, Luke Fox, and Mary Hamilton, respectively.[5] This was followed shortly by the casting of Rachel Skarsten as Alice,[6] Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane,[7] and Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane.[8]

The casting of Ruby Rose as Batwoman was met by backlash on social media and received intense criticism.[19][20] DC Comics, which owns the rights to the longtime comic book superheroine Batwoman, reintroduced the character in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent. Some online commenters attacked Rose for not being Jewish, while the main focus of the criticism was the assertion that the fact she identifies as gender fluid made her "not gay enough."[20] Ruby Rose left Twitter and deactivated public commenting on her Instagram account following the backlash.[19]

Filming[edit]

Production on the pilot episode began on March 4 and concluded on March 25, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[21][22] Additional filming took place in Chicago, Illinois.[23] David Nutter had been chosen to serve as director and executive producer on the pilot in January 2019,[13] but by mid-February, left the project for personal reasons. Nutter remained an executive producer on the episode, with Marcos Siega replacing him as director and also serving as an executive producer.[7][8] Filming for the rest of the season began on July 4 and is scheduled to conclude on December 2, 2019.[24]

Release[edit]

The series is set to debut on October 6, 2019.[1]

Marketing[edit]

On May 16, 2019, The CW released the first official trailer for the series.[25] The trailer received a negative reaction on YouTube, with viewers accusing it of an overemphasis on "feminism" and perceived misandry.[26][27][28][29] The trailer received 64,000 "likes" compared to 241,000 "dislikes" by May 21, 2019. Comic Book compared the backlash against a perceived agenda to that suffered by 2019's Captain Marvel and its actress Brie Larson.[26] Alex Dalbey of The Daily Dot noted how the trailer received a range of angry reactions, but nonetheless felt that criticism of the trailer's focus on the protagonist being a woman was valid, which she found to be "forced" and "hamfisted" via the dialogue and choice of song. Dalbey also wrote: "It's 2019; we have Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Supergirl, Jessica Jones, Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel and more. Batwoman isn't even the first lesbian superhero on the CW, there's also Thunder in Black Lightning."[28]

References[edit]

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