After crossing worlds to take on multidimensional Nazis, the heroes of the CW DC Arrowverse are going someplace some would call dark as well: Gotham City.
That’s right after multiple name drops in Arrow season six for both the city and Bruce Wayne, the city that is home to the Dark Knight is ready to make it’s CW debut as is one member of the Bat-family. During The CW’s Upfront presentation, Stephen Amell announced the crossover destination as well as announcing that Kate Kane the hero known as Batwoman is along for the ride as well, according to Entertainment Weekly.
“We’re incredibly excited to announce that we’ll be doing another crossover event this fall on the CW, and we’ll be introducing a new character,” Amell said. “For the very first time appearing, we’ll be fighting alongside Batwoman, which is terrific. The crossover is going to make it to air in December. I need to leave right now and start filming it.”
Originally debuting in 1956 as Kathy Kane, the modern version of Kate Kane, a Jewish Lesbian, made her reimagined debut in 2006 in the weekly series 52, which detailed events over a missing year in the DC Universe after the publisher jumped their titles one year forward following the Infinite Crisis event. After gaining popularity after her first appearances, Kate eventually took over Detective Comics as the lead for a spell and eventually gained her own series a couple of times after DC rebooted their universe for the New 52 era and streamlined it again in 2016 for their DC Rebirth initiative.
“We are adding the city of Gotham into the Arrowverse,” CW boss Mark Pedowitz added. “This will be another full-throttled, action-packed event.”
Over the years there seemed to be an edict, whether there was or not is unknown, from Warner Bros. that kept Gotham or Batman or related characters (outside of some villains) from appearing on Smallville or now the CW DC shows. There was also the seeming desire to keep anything that was appearing in movies out of the TV shows, outside of Flash related stuff as the show started before the character ever appeared on the big screen.
With this Gotham City and Batwoman move and Cyborg announced on Doom Patrol, it seems that Warner Bros. is taking a change of view on how they want to approach the different media worlds they control.