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Batwoman Review – Serial Fashionista AKA Joker’s Daughter (1×14)

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Batwoman’s episode wasn’t titled “grinning from ear to ear” because Batwoman and Sophie were still on cloud 9 from their kiss, but rather, it earned the title because it introduced a new villain to the city that had a thing for carving smiles into people’s faces. Sound familiar?

After dealing with a blood-sucking wanna-be vamp last week, Gotham City was plagued by Duela aka the serial fashionista aka Joker’s daughter in the DC Universe.

Duela was in-line with what you’d expect from the female-joker, and yet, the series left all that potential to deliver a promising, complex villain untapped.

That seems to be a flaw of ever Batwoman villain as of late — they’re one-dimensional and used as a plot device rather than someone that brings true danger and crime to the city.

Batwoman responded because it’s her job, but it felt like she was just going through the motions.

How can she be this disillusioned with the job so early on in her career?

What Batwoman seemed to want to be doing was dealing with what truly mattered — her love life with Sophie.

Yes, I’m complaining about the series focusing on character growth because it’s happening in all the wrong places.

Batwoman should be kicking ass, shouting her successes from the rooftops, and giving us some boss babe vibes while doing her best to maintain her anonymity, but instead, she’s sneaking around with her ex-girlfriend (who doesn’t know it’s her) and wanting to have her cake and eat it too.

Batwoman is putting her energy into the wrong things and it shows; her performance as the masked vigilante was lackluster and uninspired because she was preoccupied.

Kate wanted to believe that she could be the hero and have the girl, but all along, she knew deep down inside that it wasn’t possible and she’d be putting Sophie in danger. Sophie can take care of herself in a regular situation but with the label of Batwoman’s girlfriend, she’d become a target for every unhinged criminal in the city.

She’d become collateral.

Kate doesn’t even seem to have as much free time as Supergirl/Kara to lead a double life, so it wouldn’t work unless Sophie was fully on team Bat, and we all know she’s never going to permanently walk away from the Crows. Even if she wanted to, Jacob needs her.

Sophie didn’t even realize she enjoying the relationship solely because it was a secret until Kate gave her the option of fully knowing her identity and having a real relationship. Sophie then decided to back out because she realized she only liked the forbidden and fantasy-aspect of it.

Sophie has been hiding who she truly is for so long and having a relationship with a powerful woman whose identity she didn’t know kept the charade going.

When the realization dawned on her, she knew that it was time to take the first step in being honest about who she is and what makes her happy.

As expected, coming out to her mother did not go well and she was hit with the dreaded “I’m disappointed.” There’s nothing more painful than that.

Her arguments about Sophie going up against obstacles such as being a woman and being a black woman were valid, but they had absolutely nothing to do with also being gay. Just like being a woman or black weren’t Sophie’s choice, being gay wasn’t either.

However, those things may be obstacles but they’re also something that should be celebrated; they aren’t burdens.

While it was heartbreaking to see Sophie’s mother turn her back on her and refuse to accept that her child wasn’t what she wanted her to be, but it’s great that Batwoman highlighted the difficulties that come with coming out.

Much of the episode felt anti-climactic and like it was setting up the action for future episodes.

Alice was on the hunt for Cartwright and teamed up with Duela, though, again, there was so much potential here that went to waste.

Really, the only show-stopping thing Duela did was slit her mother’s throat.

Alice used and disposed of the “interesting little psychopath” after she got what she wanted… her face.

Yes, she quite literally cut off her entire face to use as a mask to sneak into Dr. Campell’s office aka Cartwright’s office undetected.

It was messed up on so many levels, but it’s just a reminder that Alice is deranged, and we shouldn’t forget it even when she does nice things like save Mary’s life.

Watching her confrontation with Cartwright was so satisfying because he thought she was dead, but it served as a second reminder that he’s a sick dude who kept children hostage and has no remorse for his actions.

Before she attempts to get her revenge, Alice needs to find Mouse, who is being pumped with fear toxin as we speak.

For those not familiar with the comics, fear toxin was a weapon used by Scarecrow that induced a victim’s mind with irrational fears that drove them insane. It was last used in Elseworlds in 2018!

You might wonder how much more insane Mouse and Alice can really get, but we’re about to find out.
It’s unclear why Alice didn’t take it upon herself to look for Mouse at the old house. All roads always lead back there, so it should have been her first instinct. Similarly, in the trailer, the Crows and Kate are interrogating Cartwright and looking for Alice and never once did it occur to them to look at the place where it all began.
The Commander reached back out to Sophie because he realized he needs someone he can trust and that isn’t anyone on the Crows anymore.
And then there’s poor Mary, who gave Kate chance after chance to tell her the truth and confide in her, and yet, Kate didn’t budge.
After her last statement about “trusting her,” Kate has to know that Mary figured out her secret identity. It’s not like Kate’s made it all that difficult.
If Mary had any doubts, the fact that Sophie confirmed she shared a kiss with Batwoman was all the proof she needed.
Mary constantly feels like she comes in second next to Alice, and when she found out that Alice knew Batwoman’s identity (and Alice seemed to have confirmed it also), it was just a reminder that no matter how good she is, she’s not good enough.
I do hope Kate tells Mary on her own terms because she needs to build up a team she can trust. Mary is in danger no matter what because of her relation to Kate, so the least she could do is get a heads up, right? She’s always helping her anyway, so let’s get her on Team Bat!
She deserves to know for simply figuring it out. Meanwhile, Sophie, whom I thought was for certain about Batwoman’s identity, didn’t know it was Kate despite kissing her.
Other Gotham Thought
  • Did anyone catch the Uncle Harvey reference… as in Harvey Dent!
  • Watching Alice get psychoanalyzed was the best thing ever. Sorry to the doc who ended up dead, but he gave her some great advice — she’s still the scared little girl.
  • If the Commander overturns the conviction of the man who killed Luscious Fox, it’s not going to be pretty.
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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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