Batwoman is heading to the Arrowverse.
Last month, Arrow star Stephen Amell announced at The CW’s Upfront presentation that Batwoman would make her live action debut in this year’s superhero crossover, and on Tuesday, the CW announced it was developing a Batwoman series for 2019. The potential series would written by Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), who executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns.
Not only does that mean the CW heroes will finally encounter a member of the Bat-family, but that Gotham City will also become part of the Arrowverse, too — which has been a long time coming as the various shows have dropped many references to Batman over the years.
We’re six months out from the highly-anticipated crossover, so no casting decisions have been made yet. In the meantime, we’ve pulled together a list of our dream picks for the role.
Who is Batwoman?
Before we get to our dream casting, it’s important that we quickly explain who Batwoman is because, in case you didn’t know, she’s actually a completely different character from Batgirl. In fact, the former came before the latter. Batwoman made her first comic book appearance in Detective Comics 233 in 1956 as Kathy Kane; however, the character was later rebooted as Kate Kane in the post-Infinite Crisis series 52 and this new incarnation was lesbian with a military background.
In recent years, Batwoman has mostly shaved her head, only wearing a red wig while in costume in order to better protect her secret identity. So red hair isn’t PARAMOUNT in this casting, but considering Leslie has already played badass redhead Ygritte on Game of Thrones, she seems more than qualified to step into Kate Kane’s boots. —Christian Holub
The Frozen: The Musical star immediately threw her hat in the ring for Batwoman on Twitter as soon as the news was announced Thursday. Plus, it probably helps that she’s also married Colin Donnell, who played Oliver Queen’s best friend Tommy Merlyn in Arrow season 1. —Chancellor Agard
This former Friday Night Lights star is no stranger to superhero shows. Her experience playing Bobbi Morse, a.k.a. Mockingbird, on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. means she’s more than capable of handling Kate Kain’s military background, and DC previously thought she was more than up to the task of playing Wonder Woman, too. —C.A.
Evan Rachel Wood
Wood is, obviously, already kicking ass on genre TV as Dolores, the Lucifer of Westworld’s robot rebellion. But if she feels like giving the eloquent monologues a break in exchange for straight-up vigilante action, she could sure make a seductively powerful Batwoman. —C.H.
If Berlanti and company are looking within the family, they should consider Tonkin, who is now a free agent since The Originals is ending this year and has tons of experience dealing with action and heavy material. —C.A
She voiced the character in the direct-to-video animated movie Batman: Bad Blood, so let’s give the Chuck alum a chance to play her on TV, too. —C.A.
Atwell’s Peggy Carter is one of the most energetic performances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but since the cancellation of Agent Carter she’s been mostly absent from superhero cinema. With Josh Brolin currently pulling double-duty as Cable and Thanos, why not let Atwell dip her toes in multiple superhero universes as well? She could pull off both Kate Kane’s glamorous alter ego and Batwoman’s ass-kicking heroism. —Christian Holub
The Killjoys star has proven that she’s believable as someone who is as smart as she is dangerous. —C.A.
The Thor: Ragnarok scene stealer can absolutely take on another superhero role because she’s proven she can do anything. (Also, she has already expressed some interest in doing a Batman-related story, as seen in this tweet here.)