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Batwoman Midseason Premiere Review: Batwoman Comes Out and [SPOILER] Returns (1×10)

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Fresh off thwarting a literal crisis, Batwoman honored her title at the “Paragon of Courage” and came out to Gotham City as a lesbian with a little help from her friend Kara at CatCo. It’s just one of the many nods that the Arrowverse is now one.

It was a momentous moment, and one the episode set-up almost too neatly with the introduction of Parker, a hacker who took control of the train (better known as the blue, red, or green line in Chicago) in an attempt to prove to her parents that her death would be worse than her being outed as part of the LGBTQ community.

Kate was already dealing with identity issues because of the cape and cowl and didn’t feel as if she was being authentic by allowing the public to believe in and ship her a hetero relationship with Officer Sam Bradley compared to Chris Evans’ Captain America.

Batwoman and everything that she stands for was never supposed to push Kate back in the closet, but she feels like it has since she’s forced to lead a double life and cannot be her true self. Essentially, she’s sick of lying to the public.

Luke doesn’t think it’s a good idea to give Batwoman so many of Kate’s characteristics, and to some degree, I agree with him. Batwoman is a caped crusader and her relationships shouldn’t be anybody’s business. However, it also doesn’t hurt anyone to know that she’s part of the LGBTQ community either and doesn’t necessarily link her to Kate, except for those who already know and suspect her to be behind the mask including ex Sophie.

Instead, Batwoman’s sexuality can save so many including teens like Parker who feel like their shunned for their queerness, forced to hide, and never seen. Batwoman is a beacon of hope for everyone including the LGBTQ community.

While Kate and Parker’s coming out storylines meshed well together and influenced each other, at first, Parker’s reasoning for the hack felt a little silly. Parker’s introduction felt forced simply to push Kate to get to this point, but by the end of the episode, the two worked together to deliver a truly great moment for Batwoman as a hero, an icon, and someone just like you.

Alice began unraveling, which got her caught by The Crows, but it was fun to watch her go down, down, down the rabbit hole.

Now that her mad tea party went off without a hitch, Alice seems confused as to why Kate’s dodging her calls. It takes Mouse, who has always been #TeamAlice, to give her the sane breakdown: killing Kate’s stepmom and putting daddy in prison isn’t going to win Kate over.

As she orchestrates a tea party at Catherine’s grave, she’s more delusional than Mouse now who is upset that his sister isn’t seeing the error of her ways.

While his realizations make sense, they’re also coming from a misguided place as he doesn’t want to share Alice and isn’t supportive of her fantasy plan to include Kate in their little family.

When he tells her Kate doesn’t see her sacrifices as a “gesture of love” but as a sign of weakness, Alice figures that in order to get her sister back she has to expose her and put an end to her hero complex.

And thus, he crazed plan of bringing C-4 to the winter formal at Kate’s vile high school (also Parker’s high school) is born.

Again, the set-up here is too convenient and the storyline seems forced rather than an organic result of a series of events.

As Alice loses her grip with reality, she takes a few missteps and the sloppiness of her work is reflective of her delusions.

She gives Parker access to send a message to all of Gotham City without checking what said message says, which results in her arrest.

Kate made it very clear that she’s done with Alice and won’t be giving her any more chances or sympathy. It took Catherine’s death and the Commander on trial for murder for her to realize that her sister is a complete monster without any remorse for her actions.

Her sister is dead… well, at least this Earth’s version of her.

While we rejoice in the successful snatching of Alice, though, the “omg” of all “omg” moments happens — Beth walked through the door and greets Kate. She’s back from a semester abroad, duh.

If you felt like you were transported to a parallel universe, well, you kind of were.

Beth’s return is likely from a pre-crisis Earth brought here through a wormhole of some sort.

While there were a few post-crisis nods in this episode, Gotham seemed to have fared much better than National City following the destruction of the multiverse until this brown-haired, innocent Beth walked through the door.

Kate’s face was priceless and having her first reaction be to pull Beth’s face to check for a mask was brilliant.

As we try to solve the “careful what you wish for” case, Kate finally gets the sister she’s always wanted even it’s just for a little while.

I’m counting down the days till next Sunday to see Alice’s reaction to Beth, the sister Kate’s always wanted. Her jealousy is going to spike.

Poor Beth has no idea what she just walked into.

Beth’s arrival doesn’t just throw a curveball and allow writers to play with storylines that otherwise wouldn’t be possible, but it also proves that Mary isn’t crazy as ever doctor, and even Sophie, tried to make her out to be.

Mary is grieving and going through a lot, but she’s also using coping mechanisms and escapist tactics to hang on, so it’s unlikely that she would be imaging Alice in a brown wig. Shame on everyone for trying to convince our girl that she’s losing it!

Other Gotham Musings

  • Dr. Campbell will play a bigger part in the story. They wouldn’t just use Klaus’ father from The Originals for a one-off scene. Either Campbell was working with Alice and Mouse, or Mary will find a way to convince him to testify. Also, there are villains in Arkham in this series, why is it so hard to believe one of them could create a replica mask out of skin grafts?
  • If there’s another Beth, are there other Batwoman’s and Lucas’s? I thought the destruction of the multiverses would eliminate the dopplegangers. This has the potential of becoming very confusing very quickly.
  • Mary continues to be the best character in the series as she goes to extra mile for her father, who finally gives her the recognition she deserves as a daughter.
  • Batwoman really wants you to know she’s keeping up with the times. There were so many pop culture references from Mr. Robot to Dateline to Snowden and right down to BTS.
  • I’m always in awe that people can’t figure out Batwoman’s identity, but when she took off the mask and the red wig, I realized it’s not as obvious as it is to the audience.

While the episode couldn’t sustain the energy of the midseason finale or the immediacy of the crossover, it nestled itself into its own by focusing on Batwoman’s identity and that twist from the Crisis fallout!

How long will Alice remain in custody? How long with Beth stick around?

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

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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.”

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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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Will Vanessa Morgan Play Ryan Wilder on Batwoman?

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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