Since Supergirl was granted the right to roll out its own take on Superman, it’s only natural for fans to expect Batman showing up at some point on the upcoming Batwoman TV series. After all, the two pointy-eared heroes are cousins, much like the Kryptonians just mentioned.
But if you’ve been following all news pertaining to the soon-to-debut show since last year’s “Elseworlds” crossover aired, then you’ve probably read numerous stories saying how the Dark Knight will probably be kept at a distance by Warner Bros. themselves. And to be honest, this makes sense for two reasons, at least for the time being. One is that both Bruce Wayne and Batman have been absent from Gotham City for three years, the other being that not having him around allows for Kate Kane to establish her own story.
Offering a glimmer of hope at the recent TCA press event was that of executive producer and showrunner Caroline Dries, saying, “We like to say never say never,” with those words echoing an earlier statement of hers from San Diego Comic-Con. At that time, she spoke of how “anything is possible,” but “everyone in the room knows how strict Warner Bros. is with the Batman property.”
While that’s certainly true, one could bring up how Kevin Conroy will portray an older Bruce Wayne during the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event – but there’s a very good chance his iteration isn’t related to Earth-1’s Batwoman. Still, who could’ve imagined any of this would come to pass when Arrow first launched back in 2012? That said, it’s mighty hard to predict what surprises await the Arrowverse years down the road.
Even with a complete absence of the Caped Crusader for the time being, the world that is Gotham City is still able to be explored. Remember, both Hush and Magpie will show up to confound our heroine this fall. So, even if Bruce and Kate never fight side by side on the small screen, villains such as those come as nice consolation prizes.
Batwoman premieres on Sunday, October 6th on The CW.