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Batman might not be back, but Batwoman is there… and she’s better.

At least that’s what Kate Kane is telling herself to convince herself that becoming Gotham’s newest hero is the right move.

On Batwoman Season 1 Episode 3, Kate put on the red wig and embraced her new role within the city after realizing that she hyped up the city with Batman’s return only to let them down.

As a result, people were dying at the hands of villains who wanted Batman to pay.

Tommy Elliot, Bruce Wayne’s oldest friend wanted revenge against Batman.

When someone stole a weapon Batman created with the intention of piercing the Batsuit and killing Batman, Kate figured out that Elliot knew Wayne was Batman.

She tried her best to foil his plan, but it’s not surprising that she struggled a bit and needed Alice’s help.

It’s Kate’s first run at this hero thing. She hasn’t gotten the gadgets figured out just yet, which explains why she struggled a bit with Elliot.

Alice didn’t help her sister out of the kindness of her heart.

Or, at the very least, that’s what she wants her to believe.

Alice revealed that she has a plan for the city and it involves Kate Kane, but we know as much as Kate knows that Beth is still in there.

She may be buried deep inside, but she’s in there.

We saw glimpses of her when Alice had a terrible dream and again when she broke into the Commander’s house and found a box of Kate’s things which included Beth’s lunchbox and the map that detailed how they looked for her.

Alice says her vengeance is aimed at her father, the man who betrayed her and left her to die, but even when she has proof that they looked for her, she’s hellbent on destroying him.

There has to be more to the story.

And there has to be more to Alice. What makes her tick? What’s with all the rhymes? Who did she learn everything from? Who taught her to be evil?

Alice’s storyline isn’t unraveling as quickly as I’d hoped it would.

Despite owning the city’s biggest security firm, the Crows, the Commander is unable to locate her.

And she was able to break into his penthouse without blinking an eye, which isn’t a good testament to his security detail.

Alice may have had something planned for the evening, but Tommy beat her to it.

It’s a shame, truthfully. I think whatever Alice had in store would have been more fun.

What’s your take on Alice? Is there any possibility of redemption?

After breaking into the penthouse, Alice also left behind playing cards with the numbers “2, 8, 3.”

Catherine seemed to understand the reference and hid the cards from her husband, but why?

She knows that Alice is Beth, but why does she want the Commander to continue believing that it’s an imposter?

Is she connected to Beth’s “death” somehow?

Does she think it’ll split the family up?

Alice and Kate are both intriguing characters with secrets, but Mary Hamilton is the most layered of them all.

Under the party girl facade is this brilliant doctor who runs her own rogue clinic.

Now that Sophie is her detail, it’s only a matter of time before her cover is blown.

Sophie already suspects there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to Mary after she saw her swoop in and save the patients following the elevator collapse.

Mary also helped her out while they were trapped in the elevator with Sophie’s husband Tommy.

He had a lot of questions about Kate Kane after briefly meeting her at the party and realizing his wife never told him that she was friends with the boss’s daughter.

Sophie plays it off like she wasn’t that close to Kate, but it’s evident she doesn’t want him to know that she’s bi or that she had a lesbian relationship.

He’s going to find out eventually, which will likely lead to a break-up.

But Kate took her advice to “move on” seriously and already has a thing with Raegan, the bartender working the Elliot Event.

Sophie looked awfully jealous watching the two of them flirt at the end of the night. It’s hard to feel bad for her though when she’s brought this upon herself.

Gotham has a new hero, one that’s “curvier and sexier.”

But will she truly be better than Batman?

We’ll see.

For now, she’s there and that already means she’s better.

Other Thoughts

  • Elliot seemed to be a rich dude with an ego bigger than his building, but his revenge was fueled because Batman SAVED his mother. Yes, he wanted his mother to die instead. That tells you everything you need to know!
  • Kate Kane is still holding Dodgson, Alice’s hot BF, hostage. Getting him back wasn’t enough to stop Alice from killing though which means she doesn’t want him back that much. Does that mean he’s no longer valuable?
  • Best quote goes to Alice: “Red wig? And I’m the crazy one.”


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‘God Friended Me’ Actress Javicia Leslie Cast As New Lead in ‘Batwoman’

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The CW has found its new Batwoman!

God Friended Me’s Javicia Leslie has been cast in the titular role. She replaces Ruby Rose, who starred as Kate Kane/Batwoman for one season, and announced her departure shortly after the season finale.

Leslie already has Rose’s blessing as she took to Instagram to congratulate the actress writing: “OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can’t wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing!!”

Leslie will not be filling Kate Kane’s shoes. As previously announced, she will star as a brand new character named Ryan Wilder. Per the official description, Wilder is far from Kate Kate. She’s “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed,” and “with no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

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This a major role for Leslie, who previously starred as Ali Finer in the CBS series, as it marks the first time a Black actress have been cast in the role of Batwoman in a live-action TV or film production. 

“I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television,” she said in a statement, “and as a bisexual woman, I am honored to join this groundbreaking show, which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community.”

She shared the news on Instagram writing: “For all of the little black girls dreaming to be a superhero one day… it’s possible!”

Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan was previously in talks for the role. 

It’s unclear how The CW series plans to move forward with the series considering many of the cliffhangers and major story arcs propelling the show into its second season focus on Kate Kane. 

The series is set to return in January as The CW delayed all of its scripted dramas to the 2021 TV season out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic.


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Has ‘Batwoman’ Found Its Ryan Wilder in ‘Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan? How Will Kate Kane’s Exit Change the Series?

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Big changes are headed to The CW’s Batwoman when season 2 returns in 2021

When it was announced that Ruby Rose would not be reprising her role as Kate Kane aka Batwoman on the series, it was believed that the series would simply recast the actress and move on with season 1’s plotlines and cliffhangers in tact.

Imagine everyone’s surprise when it was announced that the series showrunners planned to introduce a brand new character to suit up in the cape and cowl of Gotham’s Scarlet Knight. 

The character of Ryan Wilder (which could still be a pseudonym) got the people talking because she was described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”

Now, it seems like The CW has possibly nailed down their likable and goofy superhero as Vanessa Morgan, who currently stars as Riverdale’s Toni Topaz.

ComicBookMovie reports that Morgan is in talked for the titular role, which would definitely move Morgan up from the rank of “sidekick,” which she recently spoke out about when she explained she would no longer take roles that sidelined black women or used them as a token for diversity without giving them proper storylines. (Read: We Need to Acknowledge Vanessa Morgan’s Comments About Black Characters Being Portrayed as ‘Sidekicks’)

I loved Morgan in Finding Carter, and despite her limited role in Riverdale, she’s become a staple on the series. 

While Morgan absolutely deserves to be the star of the show, if she commits to a full-time role on Batwoman, what will that mean for Toni? Showrunner Roberto Aguirre Sacasa acknowledged her comments sparked by the Black Lives Matter, apologized and vowed to “do better,” and to “honor her and the character she plays.”

Many fans who like Toni and enjoy her relationship with Cheryl Blossom would likely love to find out what else there is to the Serpent. What’s her backstory? Who is she without a Blossom?

As Batwoman stands now, it’s hard to imagine any character in the role. We’re used to Ruby’s disposition and demeanor, and Kate Kane as Batwoman is the gist of every storyline on the series. 

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Without Kate Kane, the whole first season of Batwoman is essentially pointless. 

Without Kate Kane, Alice’s vendetta to kill Batwoman/her sister becomes null and void. The introduction of Tommy Elliot with the face of Bruce Wayne, Kate’s cousin, doesn’t hold as much weight. We’ll no longer care about the dynamic between Jacob Kane and Batwoman because it won’t be if the person under the cape and ruby hair is someone other than his daughter.

None of the relationships will be as captivating — Kate’s love triangle with Sophie and Julia doesn’t make sense without the shared ex. The bond between Luke Fox, Kate, and Mary is gone. 

Plain and simple — everything that we’ve enjoyed about the show, everything that has held us captivated is gone without Kate Kane. 

The series may be early enough in its run to flip the script, but at what cost? No one likes a recast, but the payoff seems much better than introducing a new character to take up the mantle when there is so much build-up around the former caped crusader.

And for Morgan, this means that if she does take on the lead in a series, it may be a series that is reinventing itself without any guarantee that it still has something to stand on.

Morgan may be up for the challenge, but is it worth it?


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Ruby Rose Leaving ‘Batwoman,’ Role to Be Recast for Season 2 on The CW

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Someone send up the Bat-signal because Gotham has lost its Batwoman. 

Ruby Rose, who starred as the titular character also known as Kate Kate, is leaving The CW series after one season. 

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement according to Deadline.

“This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”

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“I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,” she said. “Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”

In her statement, she did not give a reason for her decision. Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. provided no other explanation. Sources reveal it doesn’t have anything to do with the injury she sustained while filming the first season. At the time, it was reported that Rose’s injury left her facing paralysis and requiring immediate surgery.

The studio offered up this statement:

“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” the two companies said. “The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

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Rose made waves when she was cast as the first LGBTQ superhero in the summer of 2018. She made her debut in the Arrowverse realm in the fall 2018-2019 CW lineup. 

The series will be looking to recast the titular character ahead of the show’s second season. 

Earlier this week, The CW revealed the series will be returning in 2021 as part of the midseason programming alongside all other scripted dramas. This buys them some time to brainstorm, make some offers, and revive the show so that it doesn’t skip a beat or make too many missteps. 

However, since Supergirl was left off the midseason schedule, it’s safe to assume Rose’s exit was either unplanned or The CW is confident it can cast an equally as gripping and groundbreaking lead. 

Regardless of what you thought about Rose in the role, recasting is never good news for a series or fans, who have grown accustomed to a certain face when they think of that character. 

Are you shocked by the decision? Do you think there is someone else better suited for the role? Who will be able to fill out the cape and reddish-pink wig?

My suggestion: Phoebe Tonkin. She already proved that she’s more than capable of being an independent bada** on The Originals.

If you have a casting suggestion, drop it in our comments below! 


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