For any of you that saw the big Arrow crossover event in 2018, the series brought in their first character from the Dark Knight universe: Batwoman. Ruby Rose donned the cowl for her turn as the savior of Gotham. Knowing that it exists within the Arrow Universe, there are possibilities that The Flash could pop over to help her out, or even some Arrow co-stars. The introduction of the character was a backdoor intro for a possible television series, which filmed the pilot back in March.
It was announced on Tuesday that Batwoman would be joining the roster for the upcoming season. Rumors had placed the series as a mid-season replacement to take over when Arrow ends its shortened eighth season in the winter of 2019. The shift makes sense, since both shows will be similar in tone, since The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow take on light tones, as does Supergirl.
They even had a special announcement in a video clip via Twitter.
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) May 8, 2019
“Batwoman is based on the DC Comics character of the same name,” as described by Variety. “Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence.”
Caroline Dries is the writer and executive producer for the series, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, and David Nutter also executive producing. Marcos Siega directed the pilot and is an executive producer. Berlanti Productions will produce in association with Warner Bros. Television.
Both Batwoman and Katy Keene (a Riverdale spinoff) were considered locks for series orders early on in the pilot process, particularly given that both shows hail from Berlanti Productions. Greg Berlanti currently has seven shows on The CW alone, with these two pick-ups bringing that to nine.
The CW had an especially great year not cancelling one of their entire slate. Even with two shows ending this season, and two ending next season.