BATWOMAN: As Expected, Batman is Off-Limits…Basically

Ruby Rose as Batwoman

If the upcoming BATWOMAN TV series on The CW exists in Gotham City — the home of Batman — will Batwoman (Ruby Rose) and the audience ever come face-to-face with The Dark Knight?

The answer is no…as expected (live-action, full-on Batman is reserved by Warner Bros. for the big screen, like it or not).

So, how will the series deal with it?

Well, it seems that Bruce Wayne left Gotham City and took Batman with him, per series executive producer Sarah Schechter to THE WRAP.  “It’s a post-Batman Gotham City.”

Ruby Rose as Batwoman — Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

“Batman is missing. What does that do when your heroes are gone and who steps into that void?” Schechter said. “What’s great about the restriction of just focusing on Batwoman is that we have to build a world for our character. It’s a character that people don’t really know.”

So there you have it and I don’t think anyone is actually surprised.  As I said, WB views Batman as the crown jewel of their DC on film endeavors and makes sure the character is not available for any DC TV series; though the final episode of GOTHAM will be a one-time exception.

What will be interesting to see with BATWOMAN (which BOF will cover and review each episode) is if any “Batman Family” characters and rogues gallery members will show up on the series. Some of both will be available, and some — just like Batman himself — will be off-limits as well.

Of course, “Batman” can — and will — be mentioned, and will likely show up sort of like he did in TITANS.  But don’t expect an actor to be cast to play Batman/Bruce Wayne in the series like Tyler Hoechlin Superman/Clark Kent in SUPERGIRL.  Maybe that’ll change one day as Warner Bros. had lighted up their grip on the use of the Batman mythos in live-action TV quite a lot over the last 20 years.

How interested are you in watching BATWOMAN?  Post your thoughts in the comments section below! – Bill “Jett” Ramey