Last month, it was reported that a standalone Batwoman show was in development at The CW, following the character’s upcoming debut in the network’s annual DC Crossover Event this fall. It has now been confirmed that The Meg star Ruby Rose will play Batwoman.
The CW announced that Rose will make her first appearance as Kate Kane in the Crossover Event, which will incorporate all four of the shows in the Arrow-verse, namely The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. Rose is best known for her role as the assassin Ares in John Wick: Chapter 2, as well as for movies such as xXx: Return of Xander Cage, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, and this month’s shark thriller The Meg.
The Batwoman series is expected to premiere in the fall of 2019, with The Vampire Diaries showrunner Caroline Dries writing and executive producing the pilot. The CW also released a synopsis for the character, which reads: “Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane 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. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Unlike Marvel’s shows and movies, The CW’s DC offerings exist in a singular universe apart from the movies. New trailers for the upcoming seasons of The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow were all revealed at last month’s San Diego Comic-Con.
In related news, it was reported in May that a DC show focusing on the early life of Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s butler, is in the works. This series is being developed by the team behind Gotham, although it won’t be narratively connected to that show.