Ruby Rose’s Batwoman is getting ready to make her solo debut on The CW this fall. The network has announced, per Variety, that Batwoman will premiere on Sunday, October 6 at 8 p.m. So mark your calendars, DC Fans. Gotham has a new hero and she’s ready to give her cousin Bruce Wayne a run for his money.
Batwoman will now be part of a one-two punch on Sunday nights. Supergirl will also air, following Batwoman, at 9 p.m. The Flash will premiere on Tuesday, October 8th at 8 p.m., with Arrow is set to kick off its final season on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on October 15. So we’re getting both Barry Allen and Oliver Queen back-to-back on the upcoming fall schedule as well. Finally, on the DC Comics side of things, Black Lightning will debut its third season starting on Monday, October 21 at 9 p.m. It’s worth noting that the Legends of Tomorrow were not included in the network’s fall lineup announcement. It’s expected that the series will return in 2020.
As for Batwoman, this marks a major moment for the Arrowverse. Not only is Gotham City, in proper fashion, making its way to the network, presumably for the long haul, but this show will be breaking new ground as well. Kate Kane, as portrayed by Ruby Rose, will be the first outwardly LGBTQ character to lead a live-action superhero TV series. Here is the (admittedly lengthy) synopsis for the show.
“Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance.
But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) penned the pilot. She also serves as an executive producer alongside Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecht and Geoff Johns. The cast also includes Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis, and Nicole Kang.
Batwoman will also air encore performances of its debut episode on Monday, October 7 at 9 p.m. and Tuesday, October 8 at 9 p.m.