It’s an exciting, if somewhat unnerving time to be a fan of Gotham’s Caped Crusader.
Coming out of Justice League, there’s reason to believe that Warner Bros. is bracing for a new era of Batman, what with Matt Reeves in control of a standalone DC pic that’s supposedly targeting a young Bruce Wayne as it begins to phase Ben Affleck out of Warner’s Extended Universe.
A script is almost complete, too, but those praying for the Dark Knight to swing by The CW’s roster needn’t get their hopes up. While the Man of Steel enjoyed a small role on Supergirl, and Oliver Queen name-dropped Batman on Arrow, network chief Mark Pedowitz confirmed that, no, the Caped Crusader won’t be showing up on the small screen anytime soon. And that’s despite the fact that a live-action Batwoman TV series is beginning to make serious headway.
There’s no discussion about a series. Batman already exists in the Arrowverse because last season Oliver Queen mentioned his name at one point. And Batwoman, if the series goes forward, lives in Gotham. There’s no plan at this time to have Batman appear.
Having Bruce Wayne appear would require leasing the character’s rights from Warner Bros., which currently has all hands on deck in preparation of that aforementioned spinoff from Matt Reeves. In short, don’t be holding your breath for a Batman cameo on the newly-announced Batwoman series.
Headed up by the openly gay crime-fighter Kate Kane, the show’s set Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) to write and executive produce what will be the first live-action superhero property to feature a lesbian character in the title role. But first comes The CW’s latest Arrowverse crossover, which is shaping up to be one for the ages.