This year’s CW superhero crossover event, Elseworlds, has many so unique elements going for it: We’re going to see Barry suiting up as the Green Arrow and Oliver taking on the mantle of the Flash. We’re going to see John Wesley Shipp back in his 90s-era Flash suit. But the element we’re hands down the most excited about? The introduction of Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, played by Ruby Rose, to the CW superhero universe.
Den of Geek was part of a group of reporters who visited the CW superhero shows Vancouver-based sets earlier this month. We had a chance to talk to Melissa Benoist, Stephen Amell, and Candice Patton about the addition of Batwoman to the CW superhero-verse.
“That was so cool!” Benoist (Kara/Supergirl) told us excitedly about working alongside Rose as Batwoman for the three-night crossover event. “It was so fun. Ruby Rose just killed it. She killed it. She is so perfect for this role. I can’t tell you how good it felt to … have another female presence there amongst the boys.”
Benoist went on to talk about the dynamic we can expect between Kara and Kate. It sounds like the two will find that they have a great deal in common.
“Their scenes are really nice because of their similarities,” teased Benoist. “Kate Kane is Bruce Wayne’s cousin and all these things so they really relate on a lot of levels that I don’t think Kara’s found yet in another female superhero. There’s a really deep understanding from the get go between the two of them.”
Candice Patton, who plays Iris West on The Flash, echoed Benoist’s sentiments about the benefits of having another female superhero in the mix.
“I mean, it’s very cool,” Patton told Den of Geek at The Flash‘s 100the episode celebration. “I think having another female superhero is just what we need. It’s getting a little male heavy. And the more women the better. I think Ruby Rose is a great addition and I think you’re really gonna enjoy it.”
Stephen Amell, who has been around since the very start of the Arrow-verse, spoke about how exciting it is to see the CW superhero-verse expand to Gotham City.
“Fantastic. It was great,” said Amell of how the Batwoman character fits into the fictional universe. “The idea that we get to go to Gotham City is really exciting, and we got to do something that I’ve never done. I’ve never shot the show anywhere but Vancouver, so we go to Chicago and do all that felt amazing … I definitely got to shoot on sets both in Gotham City and Star City and Central City and Earth 38 and somewhere that I can’t even properly explain that I just never thought that that would have happened.”
Speaking more specifically about Rose’s addition to the CW superhero team, Amell said: “Ruby’s fantastic. I think she’s going to do great.”
In 2012, when Arrow first premiered on The CW, the superhero TV landscape was much sparser. Now, Arrow shares the superhero limelight with many superhero TV shows across networks and streaming platforms. How does Amell feel about the addition of yet another superhero to the mix?
“I’m all for expanding the universe, right?” said Amell. “Every time. Always. There’s no scenario whereby I go, ‘No, thank you.'”
The crossover kicks off with The Flash, which will air in Supergirl’s Sunday night timeslot on December 9. The story continues in Arrow on Monday, December 10. The trilogy will conclude on Supergirl, which will air during The Flash’s Tuesday night timeslot on December 11.