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Luke Fox: The suit is literal perfection!
Kate: It will be... when it fits a woman.
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Batwoman is a 2019 superhero series on The CW, based on the DC Comics character of the same name, and the seventh live-action installment of the Arrowverse.

Set before her debut appearance in 2018's crossover event Elseworlds, the series follows Katherine "Kate" Kane (Ruby Rose), a crimefighting vigilante known to the citizens of Gotham as Batwoman.

Plot details aren't yet known as of May 2019, but among its cast are Meagan Tandy (Teen Wolf) as Sophie Moore, Kate's former girlfriend and agent of Crows Security; Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage) as Luke Fox, son of frequent Batman ally Lucius Fox; Nicole Kang (You) as Mary Hamilton, Kate's step-sister; Rachel Skarsten (Birds of Prey) as Alice, Kate's nemesis and leader of the Wonderland Gang; Dougray Scott (Fear the Walking Dead) as Kate's father and head of Crows Security, Jacob Kane; and Elizabeth Anweis (Twin Peaks) as Catherine Hamilton-Kane, mother of Mary and stepmother of Kate.

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Batwoman is also notable for finally introducing a member of the Bat Family to the Arrowverse after many Easter eggs and mythology gags, as well as being the fourth live-action television series (following Batman, Birds of Prey, and Gotham) based on the Batman mythos.

Watch the first teaser here and the first full trailer here.


Batwoman contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Kate has brown hair here rather than red.
  • Badass Gay: Kate Kane is an out lesbian and an ass-kicking vigilante at the same time, though this is hardly uncommon in the Arrowverse, which is a bonafide World of Badass, no matter which Earth it's on.
  • Batter Up!: Alice whacks a captured Kate in the face with a cricket bat. Edge-first.
  • Bookcase Passage: The entrance to the Batcave is hidden behind one in Bruce's office in Wayne Tower, and unlocked by turning a display case of Martha Wayne's pearls.
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  • Canon Foreigner: Chuck Dodgson, a Crows Security agent, has no apparent comic book counterpart.
  • Cool Bike: Kate rides a Harley-Davidson Sportster Iron 883.
  • Cool Car: The Crows have a few in the form of International-brand armored trucks and a customized MXT variant.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The main protagonist is a vigilante clad in black and red fighting crime.
  • Fictional Counterpart: The United States Military Academy, or West Point, is changed to the fictional Point Rock Academy.
  • Handy Cuffs: Kate uses handcuffs as brass knuckles twice in the trailer: once in a fight, the other to punch through a sheet of ice while underwater.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Batwoman's suit seems to synthesize several of its other depictions elsewhere. The nose of the mask looks like the way it was drawn in 52, the belt and portions of the gauntlets resemble the design in Batman: Bad Blood, and the bodysuit has similarities to a resin statue made by Sideshow Collectibles.
    • Her very first suit, without any red elements (including the wig), resembles the version of Batwoman seen in Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman.
    • The display alcove for Batman's batsuit looks similar to the one from the DCEU.
  • Origins Episode: The pilot is one, set before Elseworlds.
  • Protagonist Title: Not a hard guess who the main character of the show is.
  • Race Lift:
    • Bette Kane, Mary Hamilton's closest comic counterpart, is white, but portrayed here by the Asian-American Nicole Kang.
    • The same is true for Catherine Hamilton-Kane; white in the comics, but portrayed by Elizabeth Anweis, who is Asian-American.
  • Secret Identity Vocal Shift: Amusingly inverted from the usual, as Kate puts on a slightly gruffer voice in her civilian identity.
  • Straight Gay: Batwoman is openly gay and displays no stereotypically gay mannerisms.
  • Superman Stays Out of Gotham: Kate's introduction in Elseworlds establishes that Batman has been missing for several years, and will still be missing as of this series.
  • Shared Universe: The show is an official part of the Arrowverse, and is confirmed to be set on Earth-1 where most of the other Arrowverse shows take place.
  • Wretched Hive: Just like almost every depiction of Gotham in any other media, be it comics or other adaptations. However, this Gotham is actually worse than usual, since Batman has been missing for years and Wayne Enterprises has collapsed in his absence. This is even used as the excuse for its previous Writing Around Trademarks treatment in the 'verse, as the place is such a hellhole no one ever wants to even talk about it.

Alternative Title(s): Batwoman

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