The CW Developing Lesbian 'Batwoman' TV Series

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW is working with Greg Berlanti, who oversees DC's small-screen output, on the new series.

The character was first introduced in Detective Comics in 1956 and was reimagined for DC Comics' New 52 as a Jewish lesbian, the first lesbian superhero for a title DC character. TV-based Berlanti Productions linchpin Sarah Schechter and DC Entertainment's Geoff Johns.

The series takes place in the same city of Gotham that Batman calls home and is lead by Kate Kane - an crimefighter with 'a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind'.

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.

LONDON-Lesbian superhero Batwoman is powering towards a ground-breaking role as the star of her own television series. Once this happens, there will be two depictions of Gotham on two different networks, the other being Fox's Batman prequel series, Gotham. The comic had a supernatural focus and became one of DC's most well-reviewed books during its initial run, only to end in controversy when the publisher refused to allow Blackman and Williams to marry Kane with her longtime partner, GCPD officer Maggie Sawyer.

Casting for the pivotal role is now underway for an "out lesbian actress, open ethnicity, to play age 25 to 29", according to TVLine. Animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray featured an openly gay male superhero, though while the character did make a live-action crossover into the Arrowverse, a full live-action series has yet to get a green light.

No castings have been announced, but we suspect we'll hear about who is playing Kate Kane at this year's SDCC, especially since Batwoman will first appear in the next Arrowverse crossover special this winter!

Batwoman was introduced in the 1950s as a love interest for Batman to dispel rumours of his own homosexuality.

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