Nearly a year after it was first mentioned on Arrow, Gotham City has, at long last, made its unmistakable Arrowverse debut in the first look at Ruby Rose as Batwoman, released this afternoon by The CW.
The network confirmed last month that this year’s Arrowverse crossover, “Elseworlds,” will bring Green Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl to Batman’s traditional stomping grounds, and even released a promo image in which, if you squinted, you could just make out a Wayne Enterprises logo atop a building. But this latest photo erases any ambiguity, officially introducing CW viewers to Gotham.
There’s, of course, the instantly recognizable Bat-Signal broadcasting a call across the clouds with an emblem design modified from not only Batman’s traditional logo but also the one featured in the background of a promo released in May. Pan down, however, and you’ll also see Wayne Tower, traditionally depicted across comics, television, film and video games as the headquarters of Wayne Enterprises, founded by Bruce Wayne.
The Arrow Season 6 episode “Tribute” famously confirmed that not only Gotham City but also Bruce Wayne exists in the Arrowverse. Mayor Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) sought to discredit a photo that appeared to confirm he’s Green Arrow by trying to point out outlandish it is that a billionaire would masquerade as a costumed vigilante. “Photos can be doctored. They could have put Bruce Wayne’s head on that body,” he told reporters gathered at City Hall. “Has Bruce Wayne left Gotham to hang out in Star City recently? No.”
Gotham was also referenced in the second season of Supergirl (albeit on Earth-38), and in the third season of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
It’s still not clear whether the Gotham introduced in the three-part “Elseworlds” is on Supergirl’s Earth, or the one inhabited by Green Arrow and The Flash. A good argument can be made that it’s the former, not only because Superman and Lois Lane are involved with the crossover, but also because Supergirl has made a couple of notable Bat-references: the vigilante “with tons of gadgets and demons” that Kara said once worked with her cousin, and “Clark’s friend,” whose mentioned spurred Winn to mimic bat-ears. There’s know what to know just yet whether those were references to Batman or Batwoman.
The three-night “Elseworlds,” which introduces Ruby Rose as Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, kicks off Sunday, Dec. 9, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. Production begins today in Vancouver, British Columbia. That’s expected to be followed in 2019 by a Batwoman pilot.
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