The big end-of-2018 crossover between The CW’s DC Entertainment shows will introduce the character of Batwoman and the iconic location of Gotham City into the Arrowverse canon.
The CW’s franchise-starting Green Arrow actor, Stephen Amell, broke the news at a network presentation earlier this week.
“For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific,” Amell revealed. “The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.”
The CW’s Mark Pedowitz took the mic and said, “We are adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse. This will be another full-throttled action packed event.” A piece of concept art was emblazoned on the screen behind him, with Amell’s Green Arrow, Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl and Grant Gustin’s The Flash standing in front of the Bat-signal:
The CW’s superhero shows have had fun alluding to Gotham and the Bat-family with brief snippets of dialogue and flashes of iconography over the last few years, and now the network will actually be able to show us a bonafide Bat-hero and her home city. (As an interesting side-note, this announcement came out days after the news that Fox has pushed Gotham‘s final season into 2019.)
In the comics, Batwoman (aka Kathy Kane) was first introduced in 1956 and served as a love interest for Batman. A newer iteration of Batwoman (now going by Kate Kane) was brought into the rebooted New 52 comic book continuity in 2006. This new version is a cousin of Bruce Wayne, a practising Jew, and an out lesbian. We can already imagine the scenes of Caity Lotz’s Sara Lance crushing on her.
As is stands, we don’t know who will be playing The CW’s Batwoman. We also don’t know which other iconic Gotham-based characters might show up in the crossover event. We look forward to finding out, though.
Previous fall crossovers have been used to bring Supergirl into the main continuity for the first time, to introduce the Dominator aliens, to debut Vandal Savage as the Legends Of Tomorrow‘s first nemesis, and, most recently, to explore Earth-X and introduce The Ray. It’ll be fun to see how the Batwoman/Gotham introduction crossover compares to these previous interconnected instalments.
More as we hear it.