The Batwoman has arrived in Gotham and onscreen.
Technically, actress Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane—the titular vigilante—has already made an appearance during The CW’s Arrowverse Elseworlds event, but we’ve known for a while that the character would be getting her own series. And today, the network released a first trailer for the show that gives us some indication as to what we can expect to see from Batwoman, and all signs are that it’s going to kick ass.
Got to say, the footage looks incredibly slick and polished, and Ruby Rose has the gravitas to pull off the role. The series takes place three years after Batman—and, by extension, Bruce Wayne—mysteriously disappeared, leaving Gotham City unprotected. Enter Kate Kane—cousin to Bruce—who stumbles across one of the Dark Knight’s bat-suits and decides to take up the mantle of Gotham’s protector.
Batwoman debuts this fall on The CW Sundays at 8:00 PM, right before Supergirl.
From the official series synopsis:
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.
And here’s a publicity shot for the series: