The Ruby Rose-led "Batwoman" and the network's new take on "Nancy Drew" will both be debuting in the fall, while the "Riverdale" spin-off, "Katy Keene", is set for a midseason premiere. The trailer actually looks great; I've liked Ruby Rose in some of her supporting roles and she seems perfectly cast as a superhero.
Below, Matt Mitovich, Kimberly Roots, Andy Swift, Dave Nemetz, Vlada Gelman and Ryan Schwartz share their gut reactions to each new series based on the first footage released by the network.
Watch the first trailer for Batwoman below.
The schedule won't have "Jane the Novela", a spinoff of CW's just-ended "Jane the Virgin" that had been under consideration.
Keep scrolling to see how Team TVLine reacted to each preview... For unexplained reasons, Batman is MIA, which leaves Gotham City in need of a new protector.
The first full-length glimpse at Batwoman looks promising - a good sign considering the initial backlash that Ruby Rose faced when her casting as the hero was announced a year ago. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs.
According to the synopsis, Crows Private Security has protected the city as a militia ever since Batman disappeared three years earlier.
Rose's Batwoman/Kate Kane character is the cousin of Batman/Bruce Wayne, with the show focusing on a Gotham that's minus its Batman - which is where Kane comes in. Though her father, who lost his first wife and daughter when they were killed in a past crime in Gotham and sent Kate far away from the city so she wouldn't die in the same manner, has a deep disdain for superheroes, Kate is no longer a young girl who must ask permission to do what she believes is right.
After a dishonourable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore.
Even from the perspective of someone who loves lesbian feminist Batwoman, the "I am woman" stuff feels hamfisted. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who's always somewhere slipping between sane and insane.
Kane isn't quite ready to be a hero yet, though, with the series following her overcoming her own demons, 'before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope'.