In recent years some of the most lucrative programming Netflix has had access to is from the CW. Costing the streaming service $1 billion dollars, suffice to say it has been money well spent considering the number of fans subscribed just for the CW shows. With the CW set to release even more shows, one of the most anticipated is the release of Batwoman. But is Batwoman season 1 coming to Netflix? That’s unlikely and here’s why.
First of all some background on the who and what Batwoman is. Batwoman is an upcoming superhero drama set in the Arrowverse, based on the comic book character of the same name created by DC Comics. The female caped crusader will become the sixth superhero series produced by the CW after Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC Legends, and Black Lightning. Starring in the role is the popular model and actress Ruby Rose, who’s previously starred in Orange is the New Black, John Wick, and The Meg.
The character of Kate Kane’s Batwoman first debuted in issue #7 of Batman in the new 52 series. DC Comics effort towards diversity helped with a modern retelling of the character, thus leading Batwoman to be of Jewish descent and a lesbian. Such a change in the character thrust her into the limelight and drew a large amount of media attention. More recently the character has re-entered the news with actress Ruby Rose taking on the mantle of the female Bat. With the pilot picked up by CW in January and it’s been announced the series is set to debut later in the fall of 2019.
Why it’s unlikely Batwoman will be coming to Netflix US
Despite Netflix US having access to CW content previously, it’s highly unlikely Batwoman will be coming anytime soon. In a report published by Deadline, the future of the CW has somewhat been confirmed by Nellie Andreeva. All of the current CW shows are staying on Netflix but any new titles from 2019 will be shopped individually.
Here’s what the report said exactly: “I hear WBTV’s Batwoman is earmarked for the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service. ” with them then quoting Warner CCO who said “we’re very interested in putting that on our platform.”
This means newer CW titles like Batwoman, Nancy Drew and Katy Keene will be licensed separately. Thanks to the Deadline article, Batwoman’s future home is all but confirmed. Despite the heroine being part of CW’s Arrowverse, Warner Bros TV owns the series. With WarnerMedia set to launch their own streaming service, Batwoman has been “earmarked” for it. The future of Batwoman going to Warner’s streaming service is currently hearsay but makes perfect sense.
Will Batwoman be coming to Netflix in other regions?
First of all, there’s no news that Batwoman will be coming to Netflix in other regions. But for some regions, there is room to speculate why Batwoman could stream on Netflix outside of the US.
In the United Kingdom, the following shows currently air on Sky, these are The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl and DC Legends of Tomorrow. The only DC superhero set in the Arrowverse not to appear on Sky is Black Lightning, which is available to stream on Netflix and is classified as an Original.
We have reason to believe that Batwoman could potentially come to Netflix UK as an Original thanks to Black Lightning and another popular DC show Titans. The popular DC superhero ensemble show is a Netflix Original in the UK and is one of the most popular releases in the region for 2019. The sister series alongside Titans is Doom Patrol which has yet to be confirmed for Netflix UK but with Batwoman earmarked for the Warner streaming service in the US, then Netflix would be the perfect home for the female caped-crusader in the UK.
For Canada, the latest episodes from the CW air week to week on Netflix. Depending on the future of the Warner streaming service outside of the US will dictate if Batwoman will be coming to Netflix Canada.
The Arrowverse content is split between different streaming services in Australia. Stan and Foxtel will likely be the home for Batwoman down under.
Rest of the World
As for Non-English speaking regions our knowledge is very limited. Netflix does have a strong presence across the world so it’s highly likely Batwoman will become available to those in Latin America and Asia.
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