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Casting news: Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson & Nicole Kang To Co-Star In the CW Pilot

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Tandy will play Sophie Moore. After graduating from military academy, Sophie rose through the ranks to become a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return.

Johnson will portray Luke Fox. A Dark Knight loyalist and son of Wayne’s R&D director Lucius Fox, Luke works to keep Wayne Tower secure in his boss’s absence. While Luke considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero.

Kang is Mary Hamilton. Excitable, talkative, and an influencer-in-the-making, Mary is Kate Kane’s step-sister and polar opposite. But what Mary lacks in a filter, she makes up for with her compassion for Gotham’s underserved communities, proving she has more in common with Kate than she thinks.

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There's essentially only one sentence of new info, and the rest is a good summary of the pilot development:

'Greg Berlanti Teases ‘Batwoman’ Pilot Timeline'

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Berlanti informed us that the Batwoman pilot “origin story that we set up predates the crossover; it’s a story prior to the crossover.”

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Somewhere along the line we missed this big one... Rachel Skarsten (currently watchable in the DC Universe service, in the 2002 Birds of Prey series) will play Alice, the villain of the piece.  Plus, YVRShoots has some set pics...

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A big gala of some sort with a red carpet was shot at the Vancouver Art Museum... but being Gotham City, for security purposes the whole thing was surrounded by barbed wire.  I love it; I think it's hilarious.

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Batwoman cast featured in DC's "Happy Birthday Batman" montage:

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It was a pretty safe bet that this was going to get picked up to series, but here is the first word from the CW president, although it's still not the official announcement:

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This is all to say that The CW is at a turning point, and Pedowitz knows in which direction he wants to continue.

"We know who we are and it's pretty set forth in the development," he said. The next Arrow-verse spinoff, Batwoman, "will help extend the franchises and the Arrow-verse. ...

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From this article about CW needing to replace the shows that are ending:

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Almost of all this year’s pilots—several of which will be ordered to series ahead of next month’s upfront—lean heavily on existing IP (intellectual property), including Batwoman, Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, Jane the Virgin spinoff Jane the Novela and reimaginings of The Lost Boys and Nancy Drew.

“These five projects came in quite strong, and to have, in a very fractionalized world, IP that you can promote, means a lot,” said Pedowitz. “IP gives you the ability to get noticed and the ability to promote. But more importantly, it’s also, what’s the take of the showrunner?”

Batwoman, whose lead character (played by Ruby Rose) was introduced in this season’s annual superhero crossover “is a no-brainer, particularly coming out of the crossover,” said Pedowitz.

Assuming that is picked up to series—and it is among this year’s surest bets among pilots—it would give The CW a total of six superhero series next season. While he won’t decide for sure until he sets the 2019-20 schedule next month, “my gut instinct says we will not have all six on [the schedule] at the same time, in all likelihood,” said Pedowitz. “It’s nice to rotate them in and out; they’re all quality shows.”

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'With Batman Off-Limits, How Some DC Comics TV Shows Have Found a Workaround'

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The CW’s latest series as part of its expanding “Arrowverse” is likely to be “Batwoman,” which is part of its current group of pilots and considered a near-lock to get picked up to series. The project allows the network to finally incorporate Gotham City and much of Batman’s world, even if it can’t use Batman himself. So the creative team leaned into that aspect: What is Gotham City without the Dark Knight?

“It’s a post-Batman Gotham City,” Sarah Schechter, an executive producer for the series, told TheWrap. “What is it like after these heroes leave?”

When Ruby Rose made her debut as the character, along with Gotham City, during the CW’s “Elseworlds” crossover event in December, it featured the first mention of any kind that Batman does in fact exist. Or, more specifically, he did exist. It’s just that he left Gotham City about three years ago. That question serves as the jumping off point for Kate Kane aka Batwoman’s story.

“What’s great about the restriction of just focusing on Batwoman is that we have to build a world for our character,” Schechter added. “Part of not using the crutch of Batman is making sure we’re establishing this really complicated world for her to live in. It’s a reflection of her in a lot of ways.”

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Interview with the set/production designer of the Batwoman pilot, Lisa Soper:

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io9: Are there any Batman or DC Easter eggs we should look out for in Batwoman?

Soper: Absolutely! I can’t tell you exactly where they are, but I will say that DC was amazing with knowing that this is being made for fans, and I am a fan. They provided us with a lot of content we were allowed to use, and I used every single thing we could. When you’re looking at our first episode, in particular, have a really close look at what’s happening in the background, or if someone is holding something.

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Well, I guess CW didn't want to wait until upfronts next week:

Batwoman is officially a go!

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Writer's room news:

Natalie Abrams wrote for All American, and one episode of Supergirl.

Edited by Trini

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This might be a spoiler for the show since this info hasn't been included in any of the official announcements:

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Confirms that Kate and Alice are in fact twins in this adaptation?

https://www.instagram.com/p/Buzri00D0Ha/

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On 3/13/2019 at 4:39 PM, MarkHB said:

Somewhere along the line we missed this big one... Rachel Skarsten (currently watchable in the DC Universe service, in the 2002 Birds of Prey series) will play Alice, the villain of the piece.  Plus, YVRShoots has some set pics...

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A big gala of some sort with a red carpet was shot at the Vancouver Art Museum... but being Gotham City, for security purposes the whole thing was surrounded by barbed wire.  I love it; I think it's hilarious.

I love Rachel Skarsten. I was a little disappointed to hear that she’s a villain, but if the rumor that 

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Alice and Kate are twins

is true, she may be around a few seasons.

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World's Finest Sundays!  Batwoman will be leading Sunday nights at 8, followed by Supergirl at 9!

Full schedule; upfront is today and hopefully we'll hear more about Crisis.

Also: I've seen other spoilers that tend to confirm what @BaggythePanther mentioned above.

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Full-on spoilery synopsis of the series:

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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.

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Batwoman pairing with Supergirl makes a lot of sense. I thought it would be midseason and paired with Flash but I like this more. Elseworlds did a great job of setting up Kate and Kara one day being friends and I hope this is a sign that this will happen.

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I thought they'd pair it with Arrow, but this is good too.

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1 hour ago, scarynikki12 said:

Batwoman pairing with Supergirl makes a lot of sense. I thought it would be midseason and paired with Flash but I like this more. Elseworlds did a great job of setting up Kate and Kara one day being friends and I hope this is a sign that this will happen.

Yes! I like this pairing together - though I would have put Supergirl at 8 and Batwoman at 9, just based on the tone each of them have.

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It looks like the pilot is set before Elseworlds as there's no indication (yet) that those scenes are flashbacks. That means they have a lot of ground to cover between pilot and the Crisis crossover. Can't wait.

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1 hour ago, scarynikki12 said:

It looks like the pilot is set before Elseworlds as there's no indication (yet) that those scenes are flashbacks. That means they have a lot of ground to cover between pilot and the Crisis crossover. Can't wait.

Oooh, I didn’t even think of that! That is a lot of time to cover, in addition to having to intro all the characters, start world building, set up the plot, etc. It will be interesting to see how/when they weave in Elseworlds.... or if they do at all. 

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10 hours ago, MarkHB said:

World's Finest Sundays!  Batwoman will be leading Sunday nights at 8, followed by Supergirl at 9!

You know this is exactly how they’re going to promote their Sundays next fall. 

7 hours ago, shantown said:

Yes! I like this pairing together - though I would have put Supergirl at 8 and Batwoman at 9, just based on the tone each of them have.

I don’t get it either. Though the CW did the same thing this year in the fall when they scheduled Arrow at 8 and Legends at 9. I swear the person who schedules these shows probably knows nothing about them and just decided to have them air in alphabetical order.

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I keep kidding myself that I'm not going to watch this but I'm lying, even though the trailers don't particularly excite me. 

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