The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast a trio of lead roles to star opposite Ruby Rose’s title character, including one character Batman fans might recognize.
Camrus Johnson will play Luke Fox, the son of Lucius Fox, the head of Wayne Enterprises’s R&D division and the one who designed many of the gadgets that Batman used. Lucius was played by Morgan Freeman in Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy. Chris Chalk plays a younger version of him in Fox’s “Gotham.”
Johnson’s Fox is described as a Dark Knight loyalist who works to keep Wayne Tower secure in Bruce Wayne’s absence. While Luke considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero. In the CW’s “Elseworlds” crossover, which introduced Batwoman and its version of Gotham City, it’s revealed that in Batman — and Wayne — have left Gotham City about three years ago.
The CW also added Meagan Tandy and Nicole Kang in lead roles.
Tandy will play Sophie Moore, a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return. Kang, meanwhile, plays Mary Hamilton, the step-sister of Kate Kane (Rose). She is described as the “polar opposite” of Kane, but what Mary lacks in a filter, she makes up for with her compassion for Gotham’s underserved communities, proving she has more in common with Kate than she thinks.
Here is the official logline for the project: Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Rose) soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Rose made her debut during the second episode of the network’s annual three-night crossover between “Arrow,” “The Flash” and “Supergirl.” In introducing Rose’s Kate Kane/Batwoman, the episode laid a bit of the groundwork for what the solo TV show would look like. “Our goal was trying to create set ups, story-wise where we could meet her, kind of be intrigued by her, introduce Gotham a little bit,” Caroline Dries, who is penning “Batwoman,” said during a Q&A session in December, at the network’s Burbank offices.
Dries will executive produce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns, who is producing under his new Mad Ghost Productions banner. The series hails from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.