Batwoman To Be First Superhero Series With Openly Gay Lead Character
Kate Kane is coming to the CW.
The CW continues to push representation in the world of onscreen comics, this week announcing plans to add a Batwoman-centric series based around the character of Kate Kane.
Kane's iteration of Batwoman was introduced in 2006, similarly named to her predecessor Kathy Kane, however this version was an out lesbian. Kane was the highest-profile LGBTQ superhero to be introduced into DC Comics at the time.
Now, the CW and Warner Bros. Television are teaming up with the powerhouse Berlanti Productions -- the folks responsible for all the CW super-series like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow -- to bring Batwoman to the small screen.
Greg Berlanti has been responsible for not only creating LGBTQ representation of DC characters across his TV shows as well as directing Love, Simon which was praised for being the first mainstream gay romcom to be released by a major studio.
While Love, Simon faced criticism for having a straight actor playing gay it appears Berlanti has learned his lesson for Batwoman, with TV Line reporting the CW is searching for queer identifying actress to fill the titular role.
Back in May, Arrow's Stephen Amell announced Batwoman would feature as part of an upcoming CW crossover event that would air in December.