Will ‘Batwoman’ Be on Netflix? The CW Series Breaks Streaming Tradition

Fall is the best time of the year. But, it’s not just because it marks the start of the pumpkin-spice season. As we roll into October, many major networks are releasing their fall television lineups, which includes a number of exciting new titles. On Sunday, Sept. 6, The CW will premiere Batwoman, the superhero series starring Ruby Rose. And while most viewers are hyped about the network premiere, fans without cable wonder where the new drama will be available to stream. So will Batwoman be on Netflix? Looking forward, a lot is about to change.

The future of ‘Batwoman’ and Netflix

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In the past, viewers were guaranteed CW titles on Netflix eight days after the finale aired on the cable network. However, as the streaming wars continue to rage on, new shows are searching for new homes.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW — under CBS and Warner Bros — and Netflix did not renew their streaming licensing agreement. The deal expired in the spring of 2019. The companies originally set the deal in 2011 and re-signed it in 2016. This allowed shows like Riverdale and Supernatural to flourish on the streaming platform.

Following the deal’s expiration date in early 2019, new CW series — like Batwoman and Nancy Drew — were open for bidding. Naturally, Netflix was given the opportunity to bid for the streaming rights as well. But, it seems the company was beaten out by its WarnerMedia and CBS-owned competition. So Batwoman will not be released on Netflix when season 1 wraps next year.

Where and when will ‘Batwoman’ Season 1 be released online?

The new CW titles for the fall 2019 season will be spread across two different platforms. Per Deadline, Nancy Drew will be added to CBS All Access. Meanwhile, the first full seasons of Katy Keene and Batwoman will be available on HBO Max, owned by WarnerMedia.

Fans will also have to wait a bit longer to binge the entire first season of Batwoman on HBO Max. The series will be added to the queue 30 days prior to the start of season 2. This is a stark difference from Netflix’s eight-day wait. Nevertheless, the publication noted fans can still be able to watch the full season on The CW’s website and app — which are currently free to use — until it arrives on HBO Max.

What is the new CW series about?

No matter how you look at it, Batwoman will be a refreshing addition to the DC television universe. In an interview with TV Insider, showrunner Caroline Dries revealed the new series ultimately centers around women.

“Having such a strong female lead, a character who happens to be a lesbian, surrounded by all of these other really interesting female characters feels like a bit of an evolution,” Dries said. “Ruby is a brutal hero. She doesn’t pull any punches and doesn’t apologize for who she is. And seeing this character on TV feels different and refreshing.”

Then when speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Dries shared there will be a great deal of romance in the new series. Much like Arrow‘s Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), Kate Kane (Rose) will delve headfirst into romance.

“One of the things I love writing regardless of genre is the romantic elements of the show,” Dries told the publication. “For Kate, a big part of her identity is her personal life, obviously, and what she’s doing when she’s not Batwoman.”

“One of the things she’s going to figure out pretty early on is, ‘Oh, I now see why there was no Mrs. Wayne.’ It’s because it was very hard to be the hero of Gotham and have a love life,” the showrunner continued. “So her personal life will have its due time on screen, and she’s trying to grapple with ‘How do I be Kate and also be Batwoman?’”

In all honesty, it’s frustrating that The CW’s new titles will be spread out on different platforms after they finish airing. The streaming wars will certainly cost viewers a pretty penny. But, it’s also hard not to get excited about the upcoming adaptation of Batwoman. So will you be watching?

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