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'Batwoman' — featuring a lesbian superhero 'with a passion for social justice' — may become TV show

The 'Batwoman' comic-book character — an out lesbian “with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind" — is in development for a TV series on the CW Network. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

The 'Batwoman' comic-book character — an out lesbian “with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind" — is in development for a TV series on the CW Network, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Batwoman's alter-ego is Gotham City vigilante Kate Kane, a "highly trained street fighter" and Army brat who was expelled from West Point because of her sexuality, the paper said.

Kane also is a cousin of Bruce Wayne (Batman), the Times noted.

The original Batwoman was Kathy Kane and first appeared in DC Comics in 1956 as a female counterpart to Batman and who worked with Bat-Girl as her sidekick, the paper said.

A recent iteration of Batwoman ended in controversy when the idea of Kane marrying her longtime female partner was rejected, WhatCulture reported.

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Kane quickly became a symbol of LGBTQ* representation in the medium, and with The CW having already championed said representation in both Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow (Captain Cold, Sarah Lance and John Constantine are all LGBT*), it's another positive step for the network — and for DC too for that matter. The only worry it seems would be whether or not The CW will adapt the comic as it was written, as with Arrow, they really failed to tap into the appeal of Oliver Queen's comics-self.

And according to the Hollywood Reporter, Kane becoming a full-fledged hero won't be such an easy road as she "must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope."

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