The CW shocked the internet (well maybe not shocked) the other day with the announcement that Batwoman was getting her own TV series. This is exciting news for a number of reasons: First it will be the first time the lead hero is openly gay, second it's a Bat-family TV series which has not been done (Gotham technically doesn't count as Batman is not in it), and third it's another step forward in the same vein as Supergirl and Jessica Jones to have a female led series, both in front of and behind the camera.
The Kate Kane version of Batwoman is a relatively new addition to DC Comics. Sure there have been Batwomen in the past, and more famously Batgirls, but Kate is different. She's a veteran, Bruce Wayne's cousin, and already primed for leadership due to harsh training by her father, Colonel Jacob Kane. She's interesting to me because she simultaneously stands apart from the rest of the Bat-family and yet is one of two characters (the other of course being Damian Wayne) that is actually blood-related to Batman. Literally any of the Bat-family members could lead a compelling and exciting TV series but since Greg Berlanti and co. have decided to go with Batwoman, I want to offer some unsolicited advice and what I think could make it a fantastic TV show.
There's plenty of drama to be mined with a television show about a war vet. You know what hasn't been done yet? A show about a lesbian that was dishonorably discharged from the military suffering from PTSD. THAT is brand new territory for prime time television to cover and the producers would be remiss to overlook that in favor of more superheroics (although that's obviously important and we'll come back to that).
The Punisher on Netflix has been regarded as one of the best television stories about veterans suffering from PTSD. It's a touchy subject that maybe people don't want to talk about or even hear about but with thousands of vets taking their lives every year from trauma associated with war, I think it's important to showcase what it's like for them and how they can cope. In the comics, when Kate was discharged she spent her nights partying, getting drunk/high, and other such self destructive behaviors. It wasn't until she was rescued by Batman that she decided to get her life back on track and become Batwoman to save Gotham City.