Batwoman is coming to the CW — and Twitter is beyond excited about it. On July 17, Variety reported that the CW is currently looking to expanding its DC universe by adapting Batwoman’s story into a television series which would likely premiere in 2019. But TBH, that’s not even the most exciting part about this announcement.
As Deadline reported last week, the series will feature Batwoman as a lesbian, like she is in the comics — and if the series makes it to our screens, Deadline noted that she’ll be the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series. But the news only gets better. Both executive producers — Caroline Dries and Greg Berlanti (director of Love, Simon) — are gay, and according to TV Line, are looking to cast Batwoman with a queer actor. (A novel idea!)
While the role of Batwoman hasn’t yet been cast, Twitter is already throwing out some suggestions on who they want to see play the trailblazing character.
One of the actors getting named the most on social media is Natasha Negovanlis, best known for her role on the queer vampire drama Carmilla and whom fans think has the perfect brooding abilities needed for portraying Batwoman. Then there were some more mainstream suggestions, including Bella Thorne, who we last saw on TV in Famous in Love and could give some unexpected zing to the role, and Tessa Thompson, as suggested by FANDOM, who has already played a hero in Thor: Ragnarok and could undoubtedly play a similarly bad*ss version of Batwoman.
Other popular names thrown into the ring were Orange Is the New Black’s Ruby Rose and Evan Rachel Wood.
And finally, some of the other names mentioned as great Batwoman choices were a group of TV actresses currently working on some big shows right now, including Monica Raymund, who is currently starring on Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire; Elise Bauman, who has appeared on The Handmaid’s Tale and in the lesbian drama Below Her Mouth; and Bex Taylor-Klaus, who not only mentioned in a recent Comic-Con interview she’d love to play Batwoman, but has starred on Scream: The TV Series and lends her voice on the animated series Voltron.
Casting for Batwoman will likely get underway soon since our first sighting of this fan-favorite will be happening sooner rather than later. As announced in May, Batwoman will be popping up in the next major Arrowverse crossover event, appearing on episodes of Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl.