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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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‘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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