Ruby Rose’s Batwoman TV series may feature some famous DC Comics characters, but this one isn’t allowed to appear.
Bad news for Kate Kane fans as it has been revealed by Comic Book Resources that one particular character is not available for use on the smaller screen, more specifically on the Batwoman TV series. That character is none other than Renee Montaya.
Caroline Dries, the showrunner of The CW show, confirmed this during a panel at 2019’s San Diego Comic-Con.
“It’s too early to tell with Renee. We’re not allowed to use her because they’re using her in a movie coming up… Maybe when [that movie] comes and goes, they’ll let us use her.”
Dries is referring to Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) headed by Margot Robbie, who will reprise her role as Harley Quinn and produce under her LuckyChap Entertainment label. Renee Montoya is set to be depicted by actress, dancer and choreographer, Rosie Perez.
Like other supporting characters such as Commissioner Gordon or Alfred Pennyworth, Renee Montoya is incredibly popular. A character specifically created for animation, she made her debut in 1992’s Batman: The Animated Series (episode No.7 entitled “P.O.V.”), before transitioning to mainstream comics in Batman No.475.
Montoya also shared a romantic relationship with Kate Kane (a.k.a. Batwoman). This was around the time she took on the mantle of The Question. The relationship was then explored further within Batwoman comics following the line–wide reboot of DC Comics known as The New 52. At some point they separated, but then reunited in Detective Comics No.936 back in 2016.
Batwoman stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skartsen, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. Caroline Dries is writing and developing the series. Dries, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns, David Nutter and Marcos Siega are executive producers. Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions are producing in association with Warner Bros. Television. It will premiere Oct. 6 and airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.