Batwoman Begins in Her Debut SDCC Panel

This fall, a new knight will rise on The CW. To celebrate Batwoman's upcoming premiere, executive producers Caroline Dries and Sarah Schechter arrived at Comic-Con International with a special preview of the show. The panel opened with a full screening of the pilot episode.

"I just wanted to say Ruby [Rose] really, really wishes she was here," Dries said. "She's working on Batwoman as we speak... She says hi!"

"Greg Berlanti... was like I know who we need,and it's Caroline, and then we had to extract her -- we had to free her -- to get her board," Schechter revealed. "She's wildly talented, as you can see... and obviously knows how to write television... Geoff Johns was involved in trying to break the story."

"We're big fans of the comic books, but also understand they have to grow into a television show," she added. "I can't imagine a better represenative for the comic book than Caroline... every time I called you for months, you were rereading Batwoman."

Dries thanked the comic book creators behind the character, specifically citing Greg Rucka's Elegy, "which a lot of this is based on."

Season 1 will be "this epic idea of Alice being Kate's sister... Kate's journey through Season 1 will be trying to redeem the humanity inside this monster... Let's just make this what our show is about: it's about Kate and her sister."

"We're currently working on the crossover," Dries shared. "We've got a ton, a ton, a ton of characters coming into the five-part event... Burt Ward will be making an appearance [in Crisis on Infinite Earths]."

"We're going to see that bond evolve into a Kate/Kara friendship," Dries teased.

"We're trying to find a different angle into these characters... so we're introducing the character of Tommy Elliot, who becomes the villain Hush," she revealed. The show will explore his origin before he dons the iconic wraps.

Dries weighed in on how Rose influenced the character. "We made Kate a vegan, because Ruby's a vegan," she shared."We wanted to use as many of her tattoos as possible."

"She does a lot of her own fights, the fighting and the kicking," she added. "With Ruby, she's able to just kind of learn on the fly... She's actually get thrown against the wall and punched in the face."

"We keep the twists coming. The show is pretty fast-paced," Dries teased. "As we get to know her through Kate and as Kate is on this quest, that's really where we're going to be like, 'Wow.'"

"Caroline is doing something... as a result, not only do you understand the form, you're experimenting with it... every episode feels really unique," Schechter shared. "It consistently feels unexpected tonally... There's also Mary, who I find to be hilarious... It's such a fun world. There's narrative experimentation, and a lot of tonal shifts."

Batwoman will stick with the flashback motif and jump around her timeline. "We're going to be all over the place. So much of Kate worthy of putting on the Bat suit in the pilot is all these years of trauma," Dries said.

"We are not going to repeat villains from the Arrowverse. We're using a whole new chapter of villains and heroes," she said.

When a fan asked if Bruce Wayne would ever appear, Dries replied, "Anything is possible. Everyone in the room knows how strict Warner Bros. is with the Batman property." Schechter added that Supergirl's lack of Superman helped define the character on her own terms.

"I think there's so much fun to have without him, not that I'm not a big fan," Schechter explained.

"He continues to be a big part of the conversation... Kate is trying to get out of his shadow," Dries said of Kate's relationship with Bruce. "She sees him as a mentor. I thought it'd be cool if one day she opens her journal and she sees a letter from him and is wondering how that got there."

"I'm excited to see Kate fall in love," Dries teased. She added that Kate's relationship with Sophie "is not over."

A fan asked about the possibility of Renee Montoya appearing on Batwoman. "It's too early to tell with Renee. We're not allowed to use her because they're using her in a movie coming up," Dries replied. "Maybe when that movie comes and goes, they'll let us use her."

"What's important to us is Kate being gay is just another one of her traits, and we're not going to make it that huge in the story apart from the fact that when she falls in love, it's with a woman," Dries explained.

Written by Caroline Dries and developed by Bertlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, Batwoman stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. The series will premiere on Sunday, Oct. 6 and air on Sundays at 8 pm ET/PT.

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