I’m Selina, Awards Circuit’s queer Girl Friday for everything LGBTQIA+ on TV! As the entertainment world preps for this weekend’s San Diego Comic Con (SDCC), a few tidbits about upcoming content have been revealed. The CW previously announced that Batwoman is coming to the Arrowverse, but could her very own series be in the works? In other news, Netflix greenlit Season 3 of “Queer Eye,” with the Fab 5 moving from Atlanta to Kansas City; shooting began Tuesday morning, judging by the slew of pics and videos the Fab 5 posted on their socials. And don’t forget, the summer TV season is still giving us loads of new content to binge on lazy summer nights: “Wynonna Earp” and “Killjoys” are back this Friday with some stereotype-free LGBTQIA+ storylines.
Plans for Batwoman’s arrival in the Arrowverse are going swimmingly, with the CW now contemplating a solo spinoff for the dark superhero. According to Deadline, the network has put a “Batwoman” series in development for 2019 consideration, hailing from executive producer Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries”) and head honcho of the Arrowverse, Greg Berlanti. Dries will pen the series, which follows Kate Kane (aka, Batwoman), a lesbian and military vet forced out of the armed forces by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” who tries to defend a city desperately seeking a hero. Kate will take down Gotham baddies with some awesome street fighting skills as she battles her own inner demons, all while making history as the first gay lead of a superhero TV series.
As announced last May, the Gotham-based super will be introduced to the Arrowverse in their December three-night crossover event, which includes episodes from “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “Legends of Tomorrow” and “Arrow.” The decision was already a huge win for the DC heroine, as this will be the first live-action appearance for Batwoman; though Batwoman has been around for years, she’s only ever been portrayed in 2D form. Dries, a lesbian herself, will be bringing the first gay lead character of a live-action superhero series to fruition, meaning queer voices will be heard in front of AND behind the camera. Oh, and she’s also looking to cast a lesbian actress to play the role, who’ll appear in the crossever event and star in the spinoff. I have a feeling they’ve already chosen an actress to play Batwoman and will reveal her at SDCC, but maybe that’s wishful thinking?
Weekend reveal or not, for Batwoman, whose 2006 coming out was, er, less than accepted by DC itself, a Batwoman solo series is a huuuuge step in the right direction. Kate Kane is going from the pages of DC comics, where she couldn’t even marry her girlfriend, to the small screen treatment with full acknowledgement of her queerness. At their core, superheroes are role models for the younger generation, a way to see themselves represented and reflected by fantastical, badass heroes. Whoever earns Batwoman’s mantle will carry the weight of a million queer kids’ hopes and dreams on her shoulders, and it’s about damn time she made it on TV.
The good news keeps on coming for rainbow content, as Netflix just announced a greenlight for an eight-episode Season 3 of “Queer Eye,” set to premiere sometime in 2019. The boys are moving from their base in Atlanta, Georgia to Kansas City, Missouri on their mission to makeover wardrobes, hearts and minds. Production started Tuesday morning, with the Fab 5 happily spamming their social media with candid pics from the set. Here are some choice highlights:
The show, a reboot of the early 2000’s hit “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” has won over a new generation of viewers with more inclusive storylines and the same brand of love and acceptance the first Fab 5 preached. Karamo Brown, resident culture expert, told THR that he’d like to continue showcasing folks from all walks of life, saying:
“For me, if we’re able to get a third, fourth, fifth season, I really want to keep pushing the boundary of people we are helping because there are so many people who don’t feel seen. We quietly tapped on the senior citizen community, and that got such a big response. I want to dive in with people with disabilities.”
My only quibble about Season 3 is having to wait ’til 2019 for some more of the Fab 5. Are you sure y’all can’t drop some more mini-episodes, like that surprise one from Australia? Pretty please?
At least I still have Canadian sci-fi thrillers “Wynonna Earp” and “Killjoys,” which are back with new seasons this Friday. Both series, which hail from Emily Andras and Michelle Lovretta respectively, have clearly benefited from their showrunners’ rock-solid past of good queer storytelling. According to NOW, the pair came into their own on Lovretta’s “Lost Girl,” which portrayed the show’s main character (a bisexual succubus named Anna Silk) with numerous male and female lovers over its five season run. Lovretta’s futuristic deep space story “Killjoys” currently features baddy lesbian couple Aneela and Delle and gay couple Pree and Gared, all of whom are purposefully shown as out and proud queers. “My female and gay/LGBT characters just aren’t going to be shamed by others or ashamed of themselves at any point… I can’t stop that shit in the real world, but I don’t have to validate it in my fictional ones,” Lovretta revealed to NOW.
To her credit, Andras (who worked on Season 1 of “Killjoys”) has also packed the “Wynonna Earp” deck with several queer characters, including Wynnona’s little sister Waverly and sheriff’s deputy Nicole. “It was always the plan to make the queer couple the romantic anchor of the series,” Andras said, who’s been vocal about her decision to protect the couple at all costs. No Bury Your Gays moments are EVER coming to the “Wynonna Earp” set, even on a series that features dangerous monster face-offs on the daily. Maybe that ruins the nailbiting tension for some, but with LGBTQIA+ characters still dying in cruel, random ways in 2018 (I’m still disappointed in you, “Star Trek: Discovery”), guaranteeing the gays live is a sure way to make me tune in.
Catch “Wyonna Earp” at 9 pm “Killjoys” at 10 pm on Syfy.
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