While Batwoman has appeared in animated series before and was portrayed by Yvonne Craig in the 1960s Batman, this will be her live-action lead character debut, but first she has to make her mark on the crossover before the channel decides if the stand-alone show is worth putting into production. The CW's Batwoman is "an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence", described The Hollywood Reporter, hinting that the series will take place in Gotham City.
The character will be based not on the more well-known Barbara Gordon Batgirl character, but upon the openly gay character of Kate Kane who debuted as Gotham City's Jewish, lesbian superhero in 2006.
Batwoman is coming to The CW! Also in-line to help executive produce the planned superhero drama are Berlanti and his Warner Bros.
The show is being developed for the USA channel, the CW, adding to the network's collection of shows based on DC comics characters. It seems that the network is happy with how that all went down-and presumably with whomever was cast in the role-because now they're bringing a full-fledged Batwoman series to the screen.
DC Comics have been at the forefront of LGBT visibility in comics, recently featuring the first gay superhero couple with Midnighter and Apollo and introducing The Ray as a gay man in the The Ray Rebirth.
Should the show get picked up-which seems more than likely-it would be Berlanti's seventh show on The CW and 15th on the air overall, thus further cementing his record for most live-action shows on the air at one time. Though inspired by Batman, she operated independently of him.
With such a long career in comics, Batwoman will certainly make a great addition to the Arrowverse and could even be a gateway into Gotham City itself.