A new superhero is coming to TV this fall. Last fall, audiences got their first look at the new Batwoman during an Arrowverse crossover event. Now, she’s getting her own TV show.
Batwoman, which stars Orange Is the New Black alum Ruby Rose as the titular crime fighter, arrives on the CW on October 6. Fans got a sneak peek at the first episode during a special Wednesday night preview at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.
A Batwoman origin story
Batwoman tells Kate Kane/Batwoman’s origin story. In the pilot, Bruce Wayne’s niece returns to a predictably gritty Gotham City after a long exile. Batman is nowhere to be found. He vanished three years earlier, and the city leaders are finally preparing to turn off the Bat Signal. Without the Bat to protect them, the citizens of Gotham are relying on a heavily militarized private security force called the Crows (headed by Kate’s dad, played by Dougray Scott) to protect them.
The Crows are security experts, but they’re not prepared for Alice (Rachel Skarsten), Batwoman’s soon-to-be nemesis, who crashes the big switching-off ceremony and kidnaps one of their own. When Kate learns her ex-girlfriend Sophie (Meagan Tandy) has been abducted, she rushes back home. Before long, she’s broken into the abandoned headquarters of Wayne Enterprises, discovered the Batcave, and is casting a critical eye on the Batsuit, which she thinks needs a few adjustments. When Lucious Fox’s tech nerd son Luke (Camrus Johnson) tells her that the suit is perfect as it is, she corrects him. “It will be,” she says. “When it fits a woman.”
The story of Kate’s return to Gotham is punctuated by flashbacks to the death of her mother and sister in a car crash, which Batman was tragically unable to prevent, and her ill-fated romance with Sophie. The pair met when both were students at a military academy, but when their relationship was discovered, Kate was expelled.
The first superhero show with a lesbian lead
Batwoman will be the first openly lesbian superhero with her own TV show. Rose identifies as a lesbian and gender fluid. She’s said that taking on the role was an obvious choice for her.
“When people see the show, they will understand why this character is so important to me and why after reading the script, it was a no-brainer that I would happily spend as long as I’m allowed to playing this character, over trying to find new ones,” the 33-year-old told AdWeek.
Rose went on to say that Kate’s story of love and loss is one that will resonate with many people.
“There’s so much in it that I think friends, or me when I was younger, or fans, or anyone can watch and feel part of their story is being told,” she told the magazine.
Batwoman premieres Sunday, October 6 at 8/7c on the CW.
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