As every year goes by, the Arrowverse is gets just a little bit bigger. The next season of The CW’s superhero universe won’t add another superhero series to the line-up or even pull the metaphorical trigger had have Black Lightning become an official part of the world. Yet, despite all of that, a new and major hero is being added. The next annual Arrowverse crossover will introduce Batwoman to the CW’s constatly expanding universe. Batwoman, otherwise known as Kate Kane, will meet Oliver Queen, Barry Allen, Kara Danvers and the rest as the heroes finally travel to the city of Gotham. Even though Batwoman’s male counterpart, Batman is one of the most popular heroes ever, little is known about Batwoman. Batman would need no introduction in the Arrowverse. Batwoman, however, is a little more obscure and non-comic fans might not know anything about her.
Batwoman’s name shouldn’t fool anyone. The female Dark Knight is it a lot more than Batman with a different set of chromosomes. Batwoman might take her name from the biggest hero in Gotham but she’s very much her own hero, while she’s wearing the costume and in her civilian life. In fact, Batwoman will properly fit into the Arrowverse far better and in a far cleaner fashion than Batman. Only the most hardcore comic fans are truly excited about Batwoman joining the Arrowverse but everyone who watches the shows, even the most casual fans, should be counting down the days to her introduction. There’s a lot to love and know about Batwoman.
BATWOMAN COULD BE ON EARTH-1 OR EARTH-38
Although Batwoman will be introduced in the next Arrowverse crossover we don’t know what Earth she’ll call home. She could belong to Earth-1, with Green Arrow and Flash, or Earth-38, with Supergirl and Superman. There’s evidence for either.
Supergirl has dropped a few references to Batman, although not by name, and has called out Gotham City. Arrow, meanwhile, had Oliver Queen namedrop Bruce Wayne and Gotham both in season 6. This means that Batwoman could conceivably belong to either reality. Although hopefully it’s Earth-38 as Kara needs more heroes on her own Earth.
BATWOMAN WAS REINTRODUCED IN 2006
Batwoman has quickly climbed to the top of many fans’ best DC characters. However, she’s a relatively new addition. Kate Kane, the Batwoman who will join the Arrowverse, was only introduced in 2006 in the pages of the weekly comic book event 52.
Kate Kane first appeared as a civilian in 52 #7 and it was only later she was revealed to be the vigilante Batwoman. So, she’s entering that Arrowverse with much less of a comic book history than all the other heroes.
THE TWO BATWOMEN
While Kate Kane is a new-ish character, Batwoman isn’t a new title. The first Batwoman was Kathy Kane, no relation. She appeared in 1956 due to the Comics Code Authority which “cleaned up” comics and instituted several ridiculous changes. Batwoman was a love interest for Batman that existed to convince people that Batman and Robin weren’t gay.
In 2011, Kathy Kane was reintroduced as Katherine Webb. This Kathy joined the spy organization Spyral and became its super-secret leader. She wasn’t even close to being Batman’s ally, let alone love interest.
THE EVIL TWIN SISTER
It might sound soap-opera-y but so does a lot of comics. However, one of Batwoman’s biggest enemies, if not her main one, is her twin sister Beth. As children Beth and Kate were separated, for reasons that will become clear later in this list.
They met again later in life, when Beth, going by the name Alice, showed up as a new villain in Gotham. Alice had some disturbed plans and only spoke in lines from Lewis Caroll’s books. Batwoman has repeatedly tried to redeem her sister but it’s been a slippery slope.
THE COUSIN OF BATMAN
Beth/Alice isn’t Kate’s only costumed relative. Batwoman is also directly related to Batman. Kate Kane is the cousin of Bruce Wayne. Kate Kane’s father, Jacob Kane, is one of Martha Kane’s brothers. Martha would meet, marry and take the name of Thomas Wayne, becoming the mother of Batman.
The exact ages and birth order of the Kane children have always been in flux but it’s never seemed like Jacob and Martha were especially close. Although the Kane and Wayne families do revolve in the same social circles.
SHE WAS INSPIRED BY BATMAN
It’s only after Kate Kane became Batwoman that she discovered her cousin was the vigilante hero. However, when Kate was just Kate her life was saved by The Dark Knight. Kate was attacked while walking on the Gotham streets and Batman swooped in to save her. When Batman disappeared for a year, Batwoman was inspired by his example and took up the mantle of Batwoman becoming her own hero.
The Arrowverse doesn’t necessarily need to follow this origin story for their Batwoman. Although, if do they follow the comics, the existence of Batwoman implies there’s a Batman.
SHE’S SUPER RICH
The Kane Family isn’t quite as wealthy as the Waynes. Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor are considered two of the wealthiest people in the DC Universe. Yet even if the Kane Family is a few billions shy of the Waynes, they’re still stupidly rich.
Like Batman, Batwoman uses her family’s wealth to fund her vigilante operations. Kate doesn’t need to work a day in her life and instead can be a socialite/vicious vigilante with all her free time. Since Oliver lost his fortune in Arrow, it’s been awhile since the Arrowverse has had an independently wealthy hero.
HER DAD IS HER ALFRED
For Bruce Wayne, his closest ally is his father figure Alfred Pennyworth. For Kate Kane, her closest ally is her actual father, Jacob Kane. Jacob is a mostly retired and highly decorated Colonel in the army. Jacob is one of the few people that knows his daughter is Batwoman.
He brings his military expertise into guiding his daughter as Batwoman and the two typically talk in military jargon while in the field. This father/daughter duo would fit quite well in the Arrowverse where the relationships between parents and children is typically discussed.
SHE LOST HER MOTHER WHEN SHE WAS YOUNG
Kate has a mostly happy relationship with her dad. However, she’s still a superhero so that means she has at least one deceased parent. Kate’s mother, Gabi, was also a member of the military. This is where she met Jacob. It’s also how the family was torn apart.
When Kate was a girl, she was attacked and taken along with her mother and sister. Kate was believed to be the only survivor. Yet it was later revealed that while Gabi met her end, Beth survived and was separated from her family during the attack. This is what started Beth down the journey to becoming Alice and broke the Kane Family forever.
SHE WORKS IN GOTHAM CITY
The size of Gotham City seems rather impossible. Looking at things logically, there are way too many heroes and villains in one singular metropolitan area to seem possible. Yet Batwoman, along with 75% of the Batfamily, works and operates mainly in Gotham City.
Although she occasionally brushes shoulders with Batman and the rest, Kate mainly works alone or works alone with her own team. Batman might consider Gotham his turf, but he’s sharing it with a lot of heroes.
SHE DOESN’T JUST BURROW BATMAN VILLAINS
The truly impressive thing about Batwoman working in Gotham is that she rarely, if ever, faces off against Batman’s own villains. Batwoman isn’t going face-to-face with The Joker or engaging in a battle of wits with The Riddler on a regular basis. This doesn’t mean Batwoman’s never met Batman’s rogues gallery.
In DC Rebirth’s initial run of Detective Comics, Batwoman was much closer to the classic Batman mythology. However, Kate has many of her own villains that have no interest in Batman. Any of them could show up in the Arrowverse crossover.
SHE’S ONE OF THE BIGGEST LGBTQ HEROES…
The Arrowverse has always been very welcoming and open about representing different types of superheroes. The make-up of the Arrowverse is a lot like the real world with characters of different colors and orientations. Batwoman will add to that diversity as she’s DC’s most prominent gay hero.
It’s ironic that the original Batwoman was created to dissuade people from the notion that Batman and Robin were gay because Kate Kane is very open about her personal preferences. Kate, as Batwoman or in her personal life, is out and proud. This will undoubtedly make its way into the Arrowverse.
…BUT MALE HEROES HAVE HAD CRUSHES ON HER
Kate Kane is out and proud but not every male hero has gotten the message. In fact, when Batwoman first showed up, Nightwing was quite smitten with her. Upon first meeting Batwoman, Nightwing tried several times to woo Kate. She was, obviously, not all that into him. Grayson eventually got the message but not until after making a bit of fool of himself.
There’s not many unattached straight male heroes in the Arrowverse. Yet the chances one of them flirting or showing interest in Batwoman, only for her to go in the complete opposite, sounds pretty likely.
SHE WAS ENGAGED TO MAGGIE SAWYER
Though there’s a chance Batwoman could be on Earth-1 or Earth-38, the latter seems like the odds-on favorite. This is because Supergirl has already introduced a rather important Batwoman supporting character, Maggie Sawyer. Maggie isn’t Kate Kane’s only major girlfriend but she’s one of her most longest running and serious. Maggie and Kate were even engaged for a time, before tragically breaking off their relationship.
It’s unknown if Supergirl’s Maggie did date Kate Kane but it’s possible. Maggie has been out for much longer than her eventual Supergirl fiancée, Alex Danvers. It’s possible she could’ve been with Kate first.
DC WOULDN’T LET KATE GET MARRIED
Kate and Maggie got engaged during the New 52 era of DC Comics. They got very close to the altar but infamously DC forbade the creative team from going through with the marriage. This caused the writers, J.H. Williams III and W. Haden Blackman, to resign from the Batwoman series.
DC head Dan Dido had to give the lame excuse that none of their heroes could get married. Happiness didn’t lead to interesting stories. DC has since reversed that lame position but the damage was done when it came to Kate and Maggie — their relationship is over (for now).
SHE ALSO DATED THE QUESTION
Maggie Sawyer and Kate’s romance made headlines. However, it’s not the only Batwoman relationship that was a source of interest. Before the New 52 reboot of the DC Universe, Kate Kane’s main love interest was Renee Montoya. Renee and Kate met and initially dated when Renee was still a cop and in the closet.
Yet when Renee was publicly outed and took over the mantle of the superhero The Question, their romance was reunited, and it got very serious. Renee’s Question has yet to show up in DC Rebirth but there’s always a chance. If not, the Arrowverse could always provide a Bat and Question reunion.
The religious life of superheroes is rarely discussed unless it’s somewhat out of the ordinary. For example, everyone pretty much assumes that Superman is white bread protestant because of everything else in his background, but Superman rarely talks about God. With Kate Kane and Batwoman, her religion is in the forefront of her character.
Kate is very open about being Jewish and celebrating her faith. This will, undoubtedly, make its way into the Arrowverse. Felicity Smoak is the big Jewish representative of the Arrowverse and it’d be a shame if Batwoman and Felicity don’t connect over it.
THE LIFE OF A FORMER SOLDIER
Kate grew up as military brat being shipped around the world because of her mother and father. Yet this isn’t Kate’s only military connection. When she came of age, Kate joined the military herself. Kate quickly established herself and was enrolled in West Point Academy.
It’s during her training at West Point that Kate gained all the military techniques that she would eventually carry over to her military life. Kate isn’t the military anymore, but she’s treats her crusade as Batwoman like it’s a war.
SHE WAS DISCHARGED FROM THE MILITARY
Kate would’ve stayed in the military and likely joined the army if it wasn’t for one big aspect of her personality: She’s gay. At West Point, Kate engaged in a romantic relationship with her roommate. Kate’s commanding officer confronted her about it and gave her a chance to lie. Kate, though, refused. Kate admitted to her relationship and under the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” she was expelled from West Point.
Given the Arrowverse’s capacity for tackling real-life political issues, this will almost certainly come up in the crossover. Especially if Batwoman interacts with (current) DEO Head Alex Danvers.
NOT A BATMOBILE BUT A BATCYCLE
Even though Batwoman’s suit is, objectively, much better than Batman’s own, she still borrows a lot from her cousin. Batwoman has her own Bat Cave, her private operations and even her own Bat Tools. Yet there’s one way that the two differ, ever so slightly. Batman has the Batmobile but Batwoman has the Red Knight One. This is Batwoman’s fancy codename for her motorcycle.
True, Batman has his own Batcycle. Yet his is not nearly as impressive or used quite as often as Red Knight One. The sleek cycle if Batwoman’s main transportation and method from getting to one crime to another.
SHE HAS HER OWN SIDEKICK
The original Batwoman had her own sidekick, Bat-Girl. This Bat-Girl was different from the one most fans know although she still was meant to be a love interest for Robin. Kate Kane though was given her own sidekick shortly after her introduction. Since Batgirl was already taken, that sidekick got her own name. Kate Kane roams the night with her niece Bette Kane, aka Flamebird.
Bette Kane probably won’t make her way onto the Arrowverse crossover — there’s enough heroes already. But if the Arrowverse wants to have a Batwoman series, and they should, Bette would be a natural inclusion.
THE SUPERNATURAL KNIGHT
Magic has always been an element of the Arrowverse but it’s come into clearer focus after the second season of Legends of Tomorrow, with the demon Mallus being the main villain and Constantine becoming a more active character. So it’s rather fitting that now Batwoman is joining the Arrowverse as she’s always been a very supernatural character.
Batwoman has faced off and/or worked with vampires, werewolves and all manners of monsters. Batwoman takes the gothic elements of Gotham very seriously which should make her introduction into the Arrowverse more unique than her being Batman… but a woman.
SHE WAS ALMOST RITUALLY SACRIFICED
The supernatural elements of Batwoman really emerged in her solo series. Yet from the start, prophecy was involved in her story. During 52, which introduced Batwoman, the organization Intergang became convinced that Batwoman was the answer to prophecy in the mystical Crime Bible.
Intergang believed they had to sacrifice Batwoman to fulfill the prophecy. They actually nearly succeeded, and it took The Question swooping in to save Batwoman at the literal last second to stop the craziness that was going down.
THE DEO CONNECTION
In the Arrowverse, the DEO is the very altruistic group that works hand-in-hand with Supergirl to neutralize extraterrestrial threats. In the comics, the DEO is a little shadier. The DEO, which still stands for the Department of Extranormal Operations, deals with aliens in the comics but more often with monsters and supernatural baddies.
Batwoman has worked off and on with the DEO in the comics. However, she’s never truly trusted them or vice versa. If the Arrowverse’s Batwoman has a history with the DEO, it’ll be predate Kara Danvers joining them but it’s possible.
BATMAN AND BATWOMAN’S RIVALRY
The natural assumption with Batwoman joining the Arrowverse is that Batman won’t be far behind. While it’s true that it’ll be difficult to do Batwoman’s origins without mentioning Bruce Wayne, the two aren’t really that friendly. Batwoman and Batman are frequently at odds in the comics.
Often, Batwoman and Batman tolerate each other more than really work together. Batwoman and Batman both want peace for Gotham but their methods often differ with dramatic results. Recently Batman even threatened to take away Batwoman’s superhero name because she didn’t “deserve” it.
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