'Batwoman' CW Show Release Date Draws Closer With Confirmed Pilot

The Arrowverse already dominates The CW’s programming, and the latest crossover, “Elseworlds,” set the stage for that to continue with the introduction of Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman and exciting plans for an even bigger 2019 crossover event. Now, the CW has ordered a pilot for a series focusing on her character, with Caroline Dries as showrunner and Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns as executive producers.

David Nutter has been enlisted to direct the pilot, which shouldn’t be a surprise since he’s been called “the pilot whisperer,” according to Entertainment Weekly.

It’s not his first time being placed behind the camera to (hopefully) kick off a CW (or Arrowverse) series. He directed the pilots of Arrow and The Flash, as well as those of Supernatural and Smallville. He also directed the second episodes of The Flash (“The Fastest Man Alive”) and Supernatural (“Wendigo”).

However, Nutter may be best known for directing six Game of Thrones episodes. In Season 8, he’ll add three more (Episodes 1, 2, and 4) to that list.

He’s also won two Emmys for his work with HBO, one for directing Game of Thrones Season 5 Episode 10 “Mother’s Mercy” and the other for his work on the miniseries Band of Brothers.

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Kate Kane/Batwoman (Ruby Rose) helped out at Arkham Aslyum during the Arrowverse "Elseworlds" crossover

Arrowverse viewers met Rose as Kate and her masked alter ego in the second part of “Elseworlds,” when Oliver Queen/Green Arrow (Stephen Amell), Barry Allen/The Flash (Grant Gustin), and Kara Danvers/Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) traveled to Gotham. They were searching for answers regarding the person responsible for Oliver and Barry swapping lives.

Kate bailed them out of jail after the three heroes got mixed up in Gotham’s business and then showed up to help out as Batwoman when they ran into trouble at Arkham Asylum.

With a standalone show (or at least a pilot), it looks like Batwoman will continue to explore the seedy underbelly of Gotham City while also giving the Arrowverse its most progressive show to date.

The logline for the pilot is as follows:

“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. Based on the characters from DC.”

Batwoman could join the rest of the Arrowverse on The CW in Fall 2019 if ordered to series.


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Ruby Rose debuted as Kate Kane/Batwoman in the latest Arrowverse crossover event "Elseworlds"
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