Kate could have put an end to this mess a long time ago.
Instead, she chose to believe the good in people and had hope that somewhere tucked deep down inside of Alice’s deranged mind was a sliver of Beth.
While the Supergirl fall finale proved that people can change, the Batwoman finale did the complete opposite — it made it clear that true villains are incapable of becoming better.
Kate’s decision to spare Alice time and time again cost her her family for the second time.
The saying is true: when someone shows you who they are the first time, believe them.
Kate should’ve never given Alice a second chance.
Catherine paid the ultimate price dying a slow and painful death simply for existing, Mary lost her mother, and Jacob was framed for killing Catherine thanks to Mouse’s impeccable impersonation of the Commander that fooled his own wife and daughter.
And while the attacks were rather personal, Kate’s decisions also put Gotham City in danger. It may not have been on Alice’s agenda this time, but what’s to stop her from committing more crimes and adding to her body count?
These people might not have been innocent, but who is? Alice surely isn’t even when she’s dosing out punishments she believes are fitting. (And I can’t argue… they are fitting, but more on that later.)
Kate’s excuse for thinking that Beth was still in there was the fact that Alice saved her life, didn’t kill Sophie, and kept some photographs from her past.
But none of that proves that Alice isn’t just toying with her.
Serial killers love to keep memorabilia from those that they’ve killed, and that could very well be the case with Alice.
She hasn’t forgotten her past, and she keeps them around to remind her of why revenge is necessary. There’s also her desire to turn Kate on her father and make her just as mad as both she and Mouse are. It could explain why we’re seeing Beth peek out here and there.
Kate wanted so badly to believe that her sister could be her sister again that she failed to see what was happening right in front of her.
The fall finale also made me question Kate’s ability to serve as Gotham’s hero.
Even when Kate figured out that her father was not her father, she didn’t act on it in time.
Mouse as Jacob was able to pull his plan off without a hitch. (How was he able to nail the Commander’s movements so breezily?)
She warned Sophie by texting her, but she couldn’t extend the courtesy to Mary, who at the very beginning of the episode told her she was going to attend the gala with her mother and Jacob?
I mean, why not warn the people that aren’t trained to take care of themselves?
If you ask me, Mary’s the true victim here. She has been questioning Kate’s decision to protect Alice since the get-go, she’s been put in the line of danger on more than a few occasions, and now, she lost her mother, who made the ultimate sacrifice to save her by giving her the cure.
Batwoman cannot shove this into her “win” column.
Alice and Mary came face-to-face for the first time and it as electric. Both of them are the show’s strongest, most-fleshed out characters, and their performances never fail to provide that emotional depth necessary for a scene.
Mary continues to think she isn’t good enough while Alice remains jealous of Mary’s relationship to Beth, and seeing that play out subtly was deeply rewarding.
Catherine was never painted as a good character — she switched out the DNA, she lied to her husband and Kate, she created a weapon to kill Batman/Batwoman, etc.
Catherine also wasn’t fleshed out enough to make us care about her; she barely had a relationship with Kate and she spent most of her time lying to her husband.
The only reason her death resonated was because of how deeply we care about Mary and because it underlined the relationship between a mother and a daughter that most of us can understand and gravitate towards.
Her last moments were selfless, she knew more about Mary than we previously believed, she felt truly sorry about the role she played in Alice’s demise, and she admitted to switching the DNA to ease Kate and Jacob’s pain.
She was redeemed because it was necessary for Alice’s transition into a full-fledged villain.
Yet, I found myself wondering who the true villains were on more than one occasion during the fall finale.
We’re inclined to say Alice and Mouse because they are the ones doing the “bad things” and doing so in an unapologetic manner, but are they the bad guys?
Alice is getting revenge because she was abandoned, forgotten, and lied to.
She wasn’t wrong when she called out Catherine for aiding the criminals in Gotham, or when she called out the Commander for protecting the rich and wealthy for committing crimes.
Alice may be going about getting justice wrong — it’s her own twisted version of justice — but she what she’s fighting against makes sense: injustice, lies, and corruption.
Maybe Jacob isn’t a “bad guy” in the technical sense, but we can’t say he’s a “good guy” all the time either.
The line is hazy.
But even if Alice’s reasonings are justified, her motivation is becoming stale.
How many times have we heard her say that she’s doing this because she was abandoned? Because no one came looking for her.
The tug-and- war between sisters is tiring and it’s losing its potency.
They’ve stretched it for a total of seven episodes, but there needs to be something else guiding Alice aside from her heartbreak and resentment.
She wants to make her family pay for not continuing to look for her, but no one acknowledged that it wouldn’t make sense for her to survive such a fall.
They keep explaining it, she keeps questioning it, and thus, a vicious circle that we somehow cannot break.
And there needs to be something else motivating Kate from putting a bullet through her sister’s head other than hope and the “family” bond.
The latter half of Batwoman needs to return stronger if it wants to stand a chance at surviving past a second season. Or else, I’m afraid it will meet the same fate as poor Catherine.
Alice is mad, and while she may have won with the “mad tea party” she’d been teasing for a while now, she also made enemies out of the people that have been there for her.
By the end of the episode, everyone was a different headspace than which they started, but will they find a way to harness it in a way that’s effective?
Does Kate have what it takes to kill her sister?
Other Gotham City Musings
- Was anyone upset that there wasn’t an actual tea party? I would have loved to see Alice force Jacob to sit down at a table and sip on tea while she ruined his life and destroyed his new family.
- Sophie, you have to figure out what you want. For a series that continues to walk both sides of a thin rope, it was nice to see Tyler make a concrete decision about his relationship with Sophie. She’s not 100% in, why should he be?
- The best line of the night: “this is vintage, bitch.” Honestly, that’s my response to someone trying to steal my jacket, too.
- Rachel Skarsten is such a joy to watch and yeah, I know she’s the villain but she was radiant in that ball gown!
- Lucas was so underused.
The fall finale may have set-up the war between the Crows and Alice’s rabbits, but the backend of the episode set-up the upcoming 5 episode crossover, “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” the same teaser that played at the end of Supergirl.
The scene cuts to Central City, as Nash Wells, presumably as another DC Comics character Pariah, was seen in the sewers standing in front of a door as he uncovers a secret passageway.
He reveals he traveled multiverses to kill the Monitor, but now that he was here, he couldn’t bring himself to do it since The Monitor saved his life.
Nash then submitted to The Monitor, punched in some old symbols, and a golden light illuminated the screen.
Where did he go? Who will he meet? What will he become?
All those answers are coming for you when the crossover kicks off next Sunday!
What did you think of the Batwoman finale?
Are you team Alice? Team Kate? Team Mary?
‘God Friended Me’ Actress Javicia Leslie Cast As New Lead in ‘Batwoman’
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.”
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.
Has ‘Batwoman’ Found Its Ryan Wilder in ‘Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan? How Will Kate Kane’s Exit Change the Series?
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.
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?
Ruby Rose Leaving ‘Batwoman,’ Role to Be Recast for Season 2 on The CW
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.”
“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.”
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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