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Batwoman Review – [SPOILER] Learns Kate’s Secret Identity (1×13)

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The bat is out of the bag as one character on Batwoman “Drink Me” has figured out the masked vigilante’s identity.

Collectively, Batwoman fans are saying “it’s about time.”

It may have taken Mary Hamilton-Kane a lot less time to piece together Batwoman’s identity than it did for Lena Luthor to figure out who Supergirl is, but it was still overdue.

Mary is intelligent and sharp, and well, none of them went out of their way to protect Kate’s secret.

Kate’s biggest mistake was going to Mary to get her blood drawn after being “bitten” by Nocturna as it revealed Ketamine in her system.

Once Sophie told Mary about Batwoman getting bit by Nocturna and almost dying, the pieces started falling.

She realized Luke isn’t just Kate’s assistance but Batwoman’s right-hand man, which explains the earpiece, and she understood Kate and Batwoman’s complex relationship with Alice.

However, the confirmation was that both Batwoman and Kate are lesbian.

I guess it standing up for what you believe in is the clue that can connect Kate to her alter-ego.

It’s unclear what Mary will do with this information, but she’s already proven that she’s worthy of being on #TeamBat.

Mary was helpful in dealing with the Beth vs. Alice situation (which is where she should have figured out Kate is Batwoman but whatever) and didn’t ask too many questions.

She’s also stuck by Kate’s side this whole time despite Alice killing her mother and putting targets on her back almost weekly.

Even this week, she sent Nocturna to feed on Mary’s blood in order to save herself. And poor Mary got caught up while trying to drunkenly help a friend.

Not to mention Mary isn’t afraid of going rogue; she’s proven that with her undercover clinic.

The biggest giveaway to Kate’s identity that should’ve tipped Mary off was that Batwoman was always there to save her.

Gotham City doesn’t seem like a tiny town, and yet, Batwoman personally gives her plenty of attention. It’s bound to raise a few eyebrows.

Kate hasn’t been the best at keeping her secret.

At this point, the only one that doesn’t know is her father, Commander Kane, who was exonerated for Catherine’s murder and jumped right back into leading the Crow’s.

For someone who was accused of murdering his wife, the storyline was glossed over rather quickly.

And instead of being grateful to Sophie for holding down the fort and doing her best as interim-Commander, he threw a hissy fit and suspended her for working with Batwoman.

The town is big enough for Batwoman and the Crow’s, especially when Sophie has proven they can have a successful partnership and help each other out.

Batwoman even let the Crow’s take the win for capturing Nocturna because she’s fine hiding in the shadows and doesn’t need the public praise, which the Commander really wants.

Maybe he should focus on why the Crow’s are losing favorability with the public because if he were to listen to the people, he’d realize it has nothing to do with Batwoman.

It’s also much easier to root for a modern woman who is doing good deeds for the city than a whole force of cops who not too long ago made it a police state.

However, we can’t blame the Commander for being weary as he has absolutely no inkling as to Batwoman’s identity as opposed to Sophie, who basically has gotten confirmation over and over again that her ex-lover is the badass in the nanotech suit and red (or pink? it’s hard to tell, The CW is too dark sometimes) suit.

If she had any doubts about it all, well, those should have been put to rest when she confided in Batwoman for getting fired and then kissed her.

If Sophie didn’t pick up on Batwoman’s identity via the kiss then Kate needs to move on, but I think it was Sophie’s way of acknowledging that she’s finally ready to pick a team.

Sophie has lived in the closet for too long to stay devoted to a job that just ousted her for doing what she thought was right.

When told to pick a team – Batwoman or the Crows, she also decided to own her sexuality.

If Sophie and Mary join Batwoman’s super squad, #TeamBat will be unstoppable.

All of this and I didn’t even dig into the fallout from Beth’s death, which was felt by everyone. The wrong sister survived, unfortunately, but it’s more fun this way.

Kate stood by her decision to save Beth while Alice felt betrayed. That betrayal was only fueled by Mouse’s disappearance.

She initially thought Kate took Mouse before eventually figuring out that Dr. Campbell, a man who became a specialist in reconstructive face surgery of burn victims 6-years ago, was their thought-to-be dead father and her captor, August Cartwright.

Alice will likely need Batwoman’s help in saving Mouse and killing August, and the “your enemy is my enemy” angle will force them to work together and make amends.

Kate’s putting on a brave front right now, but she still wishes that she could have changed her sister.

We’ve said it before, but the fact that Alice continues to stick around and play this “cat and mouse game” is because she doesn’t want her sister to give up on her. She finally voiced that out loud, which was a big turning point for her character even if she remains deliciously psychotic and talking to mannequins.

Another major step for Alice was saving Mary from Nocturna. Sure, she’s the one who sent Nocturna Mary’s way, but she didn’t have to come and help.

It was her way of proving to Kate that there is a redeemable quality tucked in somewhere deep, deep, deep down inside, and I can’t complain about seeing Kate and Alice work together because that was so much fun.

And hey, the last thing I expected was Alice helping Kate and Mary after they made a conscious choice to kill her.

The villain-of-the-week was a faux vampire named Nocturna (fittingly played by The Vampire Diaries‘ Kayla Ewell), but there was nothing about her character to really sink your teeth into.

This isn’t Mystic Falls and real vampires don’t exist, so Nocturna was just your “run-of-the-mill mortal with a skin condition and dental implants” who preyed on club-goers because they were polluting their bodies with toxins.

Clearly, Natalia Knight (Nocturna’s real name) wasn’t into having fun.

But hey, you can’t blame her — medical conditions are a real thing and she was just trying to survive. It doesn’t excuse becoming a serial killer but you have to, at the very least, appreciate the way she went about it.

Hopefully, Arkham gives her the care she needs… until we see her again. We’re bound to, right?

As for now, Batwoman has some explaining to do to Mary and Sophie, and she has a new enemy: her own father.

How long till Commander Kane finds out the truth? And will he be anti-Batwoman then?

Imagine how much good everyone could do if they all just worked together!

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WATCH: Javicia Leslie Suits Up in Powerful New ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 Trailer

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Javicia Leslie makes her debut as 'Batwoman' - Check out the Batsuit!

A new hero has arrived as Javicia Leslie is officially putting on the batsuit. 

The CW gave fans a look at the upcoming second season ahead of its 2021 premiere. 

Thursday’s trailer shows the God Friended Me actress as Ryan Wilder, suiting up to protect Gotham City. 

“Time to be powerful,” she says in the 10-second clip. 

Wilder is described as: “She’s 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.”

Leslie replaces Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, who announced her exit back in May

The transition is exciting because Leslie will become the first-ever Black Batwoman! 

Leslie stated: “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”

Watch the trailer below:

Ahead of the January 17, 2021 premiere, read our review of the Batwoman season 1 finale now. 


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Javicia Leslie Makes Her Debut as ‘Batwoman’ – Check out the Batsuit!

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Javicia Leslie makes her debut as 'Batwoman' - Check out the Batsuit!

2020 is getting the Batwoman it deserves. 

The CW released two first looks at the redesigned Batwoman suit!

Following the exit of Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane, God Friended Me star Javicia Leslie will be suiting up as Ryan Wilder. 

According to TVLine, by the third episode of season 2, Wilder will put on the new Batsuit to send a message to Gotham that a new hero arrived. 

Who Is Ryan Wilder? ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 May Cast New Character in Superhero Role Following Ruby Rose’s Exit

The transition is exciting because Leslie will become the first-ever Black Batwoman! 

Leslie stated: “I love the fact that Ryan is becoming her own Batwoman — it’s her style, her swag, and her moment! It was an honor to be able to collaborate with Caroline and Maya. I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”

Check it out now:

https://twitter.com/CWBatwoman/status/1320802521489653760?s=20

Due to the COVID pandemic, The CW delayed most of its primetime show’s to early 2021. Batwoman Season 2 will likely premiere in January. 


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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.”

Who Is Ryan Wilder? ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 May Cast New Character in Superhero Role Following Ruby Rose’s Exit

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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