LGBT–powered Batwoman to shoot TV pilot in Vancouver as all Arrowverse series get renewed

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      While every DC Comics–based TV series got the good news that they’ve been renewed for new seasons, a new Arrowverse series is gearing up to join in the powerpacked fun—and is also preparing to break new ground.

      A pilot for Batwoman has been greenlit and is slated to be filmed in Vancouver from March 4 to 25. The series will be the first live-action superhero series to feature an out gay lead character.

      The character of Kate Kane, who is also Batwoman, will be played by Australian star Ruby Rose, who is also an out lesbian. Rose, who is also a DJ, boxer, model, and TV presenter, has starred in Orange is the New Black, The Meg, and John Wick: Chapter 2, and she also plays Kane/Batwoman in appearances on several Arrowverse series, including The Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.

      Although as Batwoman, Kane, who is described as being passionate about social justice, uses her street-fighting abilities to take on crime in Gotham, she also struggles to overcome her own inner demons.

      Other cast members will include Meagan Tandy (Charmed), who will portray private security agent Sophie Moore; Camrus Johnson (Luke Cage) as Luke Fox, who is also the crime-fighter Batwing; and Nicole Kang (You), who will play Kate Kane’s step-sister Mary Hamilton.

      Batwoman first appeared in Batman-related DC Comics in the 1950s and has had several self-titled series.

      Arrowverse characters from Arrow, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, and Supergirl

      Meanwhile, all of CW’s Arrowverse TV series, which are all shot in Vancouver, have been renewed for new seasons: Arrow for Season 8, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow for Season 5, The Flash for Season 6, and Supergirl for Season 5.

      Black Lightning, which is shot in Atlanta, Georgia, and is based on DC Comics but is separate from the Arrowverse, has also been renewed for a third season.

      On January 31, these superhero series released new videos as part of the CW Open to All campaign, which originally launched in October 2018, to take a stand against bigotry and intolerance and to promote inclusion.

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