A new lesbian superhero is coming to Gotham!
According to The Illuminerdi, Renee Montoya is coming to Batwoman season 3. The nerdy news website got a look at some of the casting calls for the upcoming third season of the CW show and found one searching for an LGBTQ+ performer to play the character Renee Montoya, a former Gotham City cop who becomes a vigilante and has dated Kate Kane (Batwoman) in the comics.
The CW is looking for a Latinx or Afro-Latinx actress in her mid 30’s for the role. She’s described as “a former GCPD officer who left the department due to GCPD’s treatment of Gotham’s marginalized citizens,” who “has been relegated to a paper-pusher, no in charge of the ‘freaks division’ in the Mayor’s office.”
Honestly, if the queer representation we’re going to get is cops, it’s good that this one is a cop who quit because of the way police prey on marginalized people.
The description also says that Montoya is “virtuous and practical,” and that she’s “on a personal, and enigmatic, mission to clean up Gotham’s streets the right way by any means necessary.” That “enigmatic” clue might be a hint that Montoya will be donning her The Question superhero mantle on the show. We love a show with multiple queer superheroes!
We don’t know if there will be any romance blossoming between Montoya and the current woman to wear the Batwoman mantle, Ryan Wilder. Wilder became Batwoman on the show after season one star Ruby Rose, who played Kate Kane, left the series.
Montoya was originally introduced in Batman: The Animated Series, and made her first movie appearance in 2020’s Birds of Prey and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, where she was played by Rosie Perez.
The finale of season 2 also teased the introduction of another queer character to the Batwoman universe: Poison Ivy. The episode ended by showing Poison Ivy’s vines crawling out of the Gotham River and onto the shore.
Ivy hasn’t always been portrayed as queer in the comics, but recently both in the Harley Quinn animated show on HBO Max, and in the comics, she’s been shown to be in a loving relationship with long-time friend and partner-in-crime Harley Quinn.
Batwoman keeps on getting better and better, and queerer and queerer, and we are loving it!
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