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Batwoman Review – Everyone Wants Lucious Fox’s Journal (1×18)

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If Batwoman “If You Believe In Me, I’ll Believe In You” taught us anything, it’s that you shouldn’t trust anyone not even the person you allow into your bed.

Betrayals were running aplenty on Batwoman Season 1 Episode 18 as everyone in Gotham clamored to become the rightful owner of Lucious Fox’s stolen journal. 

Since it is basically a blueprint for all of Wayne Enterprise’s technology and all things Batwoman, it isn’t exactly surprising that it has become Gotham City’s hottest commodity. 

Batwoman wanted the journal to protect herself and her secrets. Luke wanted it to protect Batwoman but also because it was an object his father died protecting.

Tommy Elliot, who initially had the journal tucked away in a vault of a mobster named Johnny Sabatino, wanted it in exchange for his freedom from Arkham.

And Alice and Mouse wanted it to destroy Batwoman. 

Everyone wanted it for some reason, which made for one thrilling episode that offered up some shocking and unexpected twists and revelations. 

Even Kate’s former lovers, Reagan and Julia Pennyworth, weren’t completely transparent with their agendas. 

It wasn’t a coincidence that Kate ran into Reagan at The Lookout. It’s unclear if Reagan knows Kate’s alter-ego is Batwoman, but since she brought it up, it’s likely she does. 

And let’s be real, Kate’s not doing a good job at remaining inconspicuous. 

Reagan stole the journal from Kate after hooking up with her, and her motive was one none of us saw coming — she’s Magpie’s sister. 

However, I wouldn’t cross her off yet as Reagan didn’t feel great about what she did which means there’s still hope for her. 

It was a slip-up on Kate’s part, and though she didn’t expect Reagan to be out for the journal, she also can never be too careful. This was a lesson learned. 

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Everyone in the city was eyeing the journal, so there’s no excuse for Kate to leave it laying out like that. 

In fact, the #Batteam made a few mistakes that were preventable. 

She shouldn’t have fallen into the trap set by mobster Johnny in the first place, especially because right before she snatched up the book, Luke warned her that it’s a trap. 

Without her friends, including Mary Hamilton, Batwoman and Kate would’ve been dismembered just like those poor human smuggling souls she saved at the kickstart of the episode. 

If we’re being honest, the episode wasn’t about Batwoman, it wasn’t about Kate, and it wasn’t about Lucious Fox’s journal. The episode was about Mary proving to Kate that she’s a crucial part of the #Batteam. 

We have to protect Mary at all costs because she’s the best and purest character on the series. In that regard, I can see why Kate wanted to keep her out of #Batteam activities. 

Mary means well, but the things Batwoman gets involved in are dangerous. They put her directly in the line of fire, and Kate would never forgive herself is she was the reason she lost another sister. 

A counterargument is that since Mary does know Kate’s secret and is so close to her, she’s an easy target. Batwoman doesn’t always have to include Mary, but they should teach her how to fight and protect herself. 

Since Kate put on the Batwoman suit, Mary’s been through hell and back because of her. It’s time she gets back some of her power. 

Adding Mary to the squad also brings a fun new dynamic. Yes, keeping a tight-knit circle is always advised, but superheroes don’t function without their super squad. 

“It takes a village” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to superheroes and vigilantes.

Mary also proved to be a valuable asset as she singlehandedly saved Kate and Julia while remaining fashionable throughout. Mary’s reward was a sneak peek inside the Batcave — hey, it’s instinct to want to snap a selfie. She also learned Bruce Wayne is Batman, which will likely play a bigger role whenever Bruce returns to the city. 

Alice also learned Bruce = Batman, and again, she’ll use that information somewhere down the line. 

Julia is an “honorary” team member, but it’s hard to see where her loyalties are. 

She’s playing multiple fields as she works alongside Kate and Batwoman while co-running a unit with Sophia over at the Crows. 

Plus, she picked up a call from an anonymous person and promised to snag them the journal. What’s that all about?

Who is she working for? And is she earning Sophie and Kate’s trust by charming her way into their lives?

Reagan betraying Kate was surprising, but it didn’t feel as personal as if Julia were to betray her ex because we’ve always trusted her. 

Thanks to Reagan, the journal ended up with Alice. Alice was the one who said you can never trust anyone and yet, Tommy Elliot still played her. She may have the journal, but there’s absolutely no way she’s going to decode it. My guess is the only person who will understand Fox’s code will be Luke, and now, that makes him a target right alongside Commander Kane and Kate.

Alice is waiting to strike and get her revenge from the comforts of Arkham. 

While most think of Arkham as a prison, Alice found a way to make it work in her favor. We have to suspend disbelief here slightly cause there’s no way none of the other guards wouldn’t catch onto the fact that Alice has been spending way too much time/ cozying up with the psychologist, but maybe this is just proof that Arkham isn’t as secure as it’s cracked out to be. 

And Gotham has a new villain on the rise as Tommy Elliot turns into fan-favorite bandaged villain, Hush.

Elliot stripped off his face so that he could fake his own death rather than stand trial for the murder of Fox.

What did you think of the episode Batwoman?

Are you excited for the debut of Hush?


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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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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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