Batwoman is finding it hard to keep her identity a secret on “I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury.”
Two characters found out her secret, and it was a close call for two others.
Sophie’s had her inklings from the get-go, but now she knows for certain that Kate’s the Caped Crusader.
Kate can thank Mary for talking her out of telling the Commander the truth.
She changed her mind with the gut-punching line: you did this to Kate.
Sophie’s role in all of this remains kind of questionable. She’s the weakest character next to Mary’s strongest character only because she’s constantly injecting herself into Kate’s life for selfish reasons.
And all of this after she told Kate to move on.
Stop trying to sabotage Kate’s plan to save Gotham City and worry about your husband or something, Sophie.
Last week we saw drunk Mary (a hit!) and this week we see protective Mary. Even when she doesn’t know the full extent of what’s happening, Mary is 100% your girl.
But she was so close to finding out the truth, which leaves me slightly surprised that someone with her intelligence level hasn’t pieced it all together.
Kate knew about her clinic and now, Batwoman has brought her Dodgson (connected to Kate’s sis, Alice) and Sophie (Kate’s ex-lover). Kate’s almost beginning Mary to figure it out.
The other person to find out Batwoman’s identity was Mouse, which is more dangerous for Kate.
Mouse is jealous of her, he’s off the rails, and he easily imitated Kate’s voice to pry the truth out of Alice.
When the villains begin to know who’s behind the mask, that’s when you begin having problems.
The episode teetered on redundant with almost every character.
Alice and Mouse played mind games with each other, though, he was able to use his new face to steal Catherine’s new toy and the only thing that can penetrate a bat suit.
There’s a possibility that Alice wants the tool so that no one can kill her sister because she cares about her, but seeing how her deranged mind works, I’m more concerned that she wants to use it on her sister instead.
Alice reveals she has a plan for Kate that involves her becoming part of Alice and Mouse’s makeshift family, but we know there’s no way in hell Kate’s going to allow that plan to come to fruition.
Kate’s back-and-forth with her father about Alice and how they let her down was a snooze-fest.
We get it, you guys blame yourselves.
And while the guilt is going to keep eating away at them every time Alice makes a move on Gotham, they need to let it go.
Both of them searched for Alice until they were convinced, either because they truly believed it or they wanted so badly to believe it, that she was dead.
It’s an impossible situation, but pointing fingers will not change the past nor will it bring her back… well, at least, her mentality.
The Commander’s distaste for Batwoman was also striking considering his team hasn’t been able to police the city well at all these last few weeks.
Wouldn’t it be easier to work alongside Batwoman?
He’s turned off by the caped vigilante because he blames Batman for imploding his life, but it’s just a reflection of how he feels about himself.
Batwoman isn’t the problem. In fact, she was the solution for this episode as she nabbed the right suspect and made sure that the law was restored.
The one-episode villain was the Executioner, who was hellbent on making people pay for their corrupt actions, and while it was a noble cause, it fell kind of flat.
Though, I’ll admit, having the killer in the executioner hood as the actual executioner from Blackgate was meta.
Despite the comparisons from the Commander and Eldon himself, Eldon and Batwoman were not one and the same despite fighting against the law.
Eldon wanted revenge on the people who had been rigging the system and turning him into a murderer of falsely accused minorities.
Unfortunately, while death by execution styles may seem like the proper punishment for corrupt law enforcement, it didn’t restore justice or teach them any kind of lesson.
Batwoman’s approach was to do the job that she didn’t think the GCPD and the Crows could do while still allowing the law to handle the punishment.
The only way justice would be served to Judge Calvarick is if he was put on trial, locked up at Blackgate, and told to wait for his execution just like the other innocent inmates.
The DA reopening every case and looking into it once again is a good thing for every wrongfully accused inmate, but it’s the stuff of nightmares for Luke, who personally trusted Gotham’s finest to find and put away his father’s killer.
Is this going to be a storyline moving forward?
Will Luke have to relive his father’s death as they look for his rightful killer? I’m willing to bet this could bring in a rather entertaining villain into play as it becomes personal not only for Luke but for Batwoman.
Ridding Gotham of corruption is messy. If Gotham is anything like Chicago, it runs in the city’s veins and is engrained in its politicians and law enforcement.
But, with people like Batwoman, there’s hope for the city after all, just as long as someone doesn’t blow her cover first.
Ruby Rose Leaving ‘Batwoman,’ Role to Be Recast for Season 2 on The CW
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.”
“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.”
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!
Batwoman Season Finale Review – [SPOILER] Dies, Batman Revealed (1×20)
A season is only as strong as its season finale, and Batwoman capped off season 1 with a major feud brewing, a new villain, and the return of Batman to Gotham City… kind of.
The number of people who want to kill Batwoman just ticked up with the addition of Commander Kane.
Kane has never approved of the vigilante taking matters into her own hands in his city, but he took his hatred for her to new levels after on the penultimate episode by declaring war.
Despite Mary, Sophie, and Julia’s best efforts, there’s no changing Kane’s mind. War means he’s going to go out of his way to take down Batwoman even if it means going back on the truce they called.
Kane is motivated by a personal vendetta, which is clouding his judgment.
He keeps asking what people see in Batwoman, and even when everyone tells him that she’s a symbol of hope and a person who defends and protects others selflessly without asking for anything in return, he doesn’t understand it. In his eyes, Batwoman is a criminal who released Arkham’s worst criminals and killed his wife.
Kane is unable to see the flaws beyond Batwoman — yes, she may have contributed to the prisoner’s escape, but only because Alice pulled the trigger and was running things inside the institution. The problem isn’t Batwoman, it’s a flawed system that tortures Gotham’s worst and makes them despise the city and its officials even more than they already did.
In the case of the villain-of-the-week, Titan was turned into a monster, but there was some part of him that could be rehabilitated. He was savagely enacting revenge on those who wronged him, but the violence stemmed from head trauma endured by football and doctor’s who falsified scans so that these players could continue on and win championships. Props to Batwoman for also attempting to expose a deeper seeded issue with contact sports.
Titan should have been punished, but he should have been offered a punishment that allowed him to get real help and possibly reverse the damage that led to his vicious state in the first place. I know this is a comic, superhero series but good and evil tend to bleed into the grey area, and if we’re going to be modern and inclusive in storytelling, then it’s fair to say that there’s a huge issue with Arkham including treatment of prisoners and security.
Back to Commander Kane, though. The only way he could ever “understand” and even consider that he’s on the same side as Batwoman is if he knew her identity. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem like this anger towards her will ever subside. The fact that he cannot kill her is making him despise her even more.
It’s a complex relationship because although Kate and Batwoman are two separate entities, at the same time, Kate is Batwoman. She feels what Batwoman feels. Kane’s betrayal hurt Kate a billion times more than it hurt Batwoman because he’s her father. She looked him in the eye and believed him when he said they could be a team.
Honestly, it’s a bad look for the Crow’s to be pursuing a vigilante this aggressively. Aside from Kane’s personal issues, Batwoman has only ever tried to help out her community. Instead of support, she gets pushback, which obviously makes things harder.
Kane is so laser-focused, but he really should consider that if his own daughter doesn’t trust the Crow’s to their jobs, then it’s incredibly difficult for the public to trust them.
Kate and Kane’s team-up on the subway was made that much more special because it’s one of the only times these two can fight side-by-side for the greater good.
Also trying to kill Batwoman/ Kate is our dear Alice. Considering how easy it was for her to kill the only remaining family member she had left, Alice is a pretty dangerous enemy to have.
Her decision to poison Mouse was shocking but not entirely unexpected. Commander Kane probably wouldn’t like to hear this, but he has a lot in common with Alice — they’re both fueled by revenge and personal vendettas.
Mouse was trying to steer Alice away from risking their freedom to kill Batwoman and thus, she had to eliminate the obstacle. Nothing will stop her from getting what she wants. She’s a cold-blooded killer, so no one is spared not even the ones she’s always loved.
Alice may have felt extreme sadness and grief, but she also showed absolutely no remorse. If it was that easy for her to kill Mouse, she wouldn’t hesitate to take out Kate.
Mouse hindered Alice’s plan and her character development; he was this side-kick that she could never shake and one that always wanted to steer her in the right direction.
They dabbled in a few twisted plans together, but Mouse didn’t make Alice any better or worse, he just weighed her down. In terms of a storytelling perspective, it’s probably best that he’s gone.
When Alice failed to find the kryptonite, one would have thought she exhausted all of her options, but Alice is cunning and she always has another plan.
This time, her plan exceeded all expectations as she added the most powerful weapon to her arsenal — Bruce Wayne (played by Warren Christie).
Of course, it isn’t the actual Bruce Wayne, but no one knows that, and Alice hopes it’ll stay that way.
There’s no one better to impersonate Bruce than Tommy Elliott, the man who was obsessed with him and his biggest rival. Tommy likely knows everything about Bruce including his mannerisms, so he can easily fool #TeamBat. If you’re a fan of the comics, this likely wasn’t a huge surprise as Hush, Tommy’s faceless alter-ego, sometimes wears Bruce Wayne’s face.
I would hope that Luke, at the very least, would be able to figure out that something is amiss, but a man who has been missing in action for years, they might just expect that he’s changed. Their guards will be up because Alice has pulled the face switcheroo before, but the shock of the return and of wanting to know where he’s been, what he’s up to, and why he’s back, might lower those very guards at the same time.
I can also see Tommy enjoying being Bruce Wayne/ Batman too much, which would sabotage Alice’s plan. And depending on where the real Bruce Wayne/ Batman is, if Gotham’s media get wind of his return, the real one might be forced to come out of hiding to thwart the danger being imposed on his city by this imposter.
Then we have the villain that’s very much around but remains in the shadows — Safiya Sohail.
Julia has a target on her back, and while we haven’t seen Safiya yet, she’s making herself known by sending Julia photos of her and Sophie around town.
Julia hasn’t been forthcoming about who she really is or what she’s involved in with Sophie, but now that it involves her, she’s going to have to be. Especially if she wants a relationship with her.
And then, there’s the secret that will always drive a wedge between them: Batwoman.
At this point, it’s safe to suspect that Sophie knows Kate is Batwoman, but it’s never been confirmed and thus, we’re assuming that she’s still in the dark. I was fully expecting her to out Batwoman’s identity on the football field, but I’m glad she didn’t.
It does make you wonder how blind Kane is to the truth when all three women — Julia, Sophie, and Mary — who are close to Kate are also Batwoman’s biggest cheerleaders. If only Kane put two-and-two together.
As for the kryptonite, Luke managed to destroy the only remaining piece (so he thought), but little did he know that Kate actually had a piece in her possession from the Arrowverse crossover that she promised to hold onto for Kara in case she ever needed to use it. And until she gets Kate’s blessing, that powerful little green rock is going to cause a huge problem.
While there were so many fantastic twists and moments in the Batwoman season 1 finale, my favorite had to be Kate realizing that her tribe is her family and she can no longer keep secrets from them. All heroes and vigilantes need a team to fall back on when things get tough or they dislocate a shoulder. Luke is the tech brains and Mary, she’s the one that keeps them grounded and provides medical attention. With all the punches Kate throws and takes, Mary is essential and the perfect addition. The Bat-team has evolved, and they’re stronger together.
What did you think of the Batwoman finale? Were you surprised by the cliffhanger? Sound off in the comments.
Batwoman Season 2 will premiere in 2021 (see The CW’s schedule here), but when it does, it’ll start-up where the abbreviated season 1 finished, which means plenty of juicy drama coming at us right out of the gates!
Batwoman Review – The Contents of Lucious Fox’s Journal Revealed, Safiya Sohail Teased (1×19)
The battle for Lucious Fox’s journal continued on Batwoman Season 1 Episode 19.
Kate was determined to get the journal back while Alice was determined to crack the code so she could know how to kill Batwoman.
Considering everything in Gotham revolves around Alice, Kate should’ve figured that it was her sister who snagged the book, especially when Reagan explained that she stole the book to help her sister, Magpie, buy her freedom out of Arkham.
Who else could Magpie be conspiring with on the inside if not Alice?
However, Kate was too focused on fighting with Luke and expecting the worst from Julia to see the answers that were right in front of her.
Her baseless fight with Luke not only put him and Julia in danger, but it resulted in Batwoman not having the tools she needed to go after the new villain, Hush (just Tommy with his face bandaged up because he was awaiting his new face from Alice who never delivered on her promise), when he began snatching codebreakers to decode the journal.
Kate really needs to recognize when her pride is doing her a disservice and getting in the way.
If she put her ego aside and owned up to her mistake, Luke would’ve never been out there investigating Julia and thus, wouldn’t have been easily snatched up by Hush.
However, this unearths a bigger problem within the fresh #TeamBat — the lack of honesty and trust.
A villain can easily infiltrate a group that doesn’t have a sturdy foundation. Honesty is always key, but in this case, it also eliminates a lot of shady areas that can be exploited by Gotham’s most dangerous criminals. If everyone is on the same page, no one can be manipulated!
When Kate found out Julia approached Reagan to get intel about the book, she was convinced that Julia wasn’t being truthful about her return to Gotham and job with the Crows. Similarly, her fight with Luke sent him to investigate Julia despite fiercely defending her and he learned that there was some merit to Kate’s concerns, but it wasn’t what everyone thought. More on that in a minute.
Alice was way too trigger happy when Professor Carr and the undercover NSA agent, Tony Kim, were of no use to her forcing Hush to pursue the third codebreaker, Parker, the teen we met earlier this season who inspired Batwoman to come out as part of the LGBTQ.
Parker may have been an “easy target” because Hush ambushed the poor girl after she left school, but she wasn’t stupid and informed her girlfriend over Facetime to reach out to Kate Kane.
At this point, Kate should’ve figured out that only Alice would think to rope in Parker. After all, she was one of the few people who witnessed Parker’s talents.
But it wasn’t until she saved Parker, who successfully traced Carr’s pacemaker back to Arkham, for her to realize that Alice was behind everything.
By that point, Alice already had her hands on Luke Fox and was motivating him to crack his father’s journal by giving Julia some powerful bolts of energy.
Mary, whose jealousy was in full swing after Parker was allowed into the Batcave (they really just let anyone in there nowadays), stumbled upon some glasses that decoded the journal, which Kate took as ammo.
She then busted into Arkham — and unintentionally let loose a ton of criminals including Alice and Mouse — and offered her sister a deal: the glasses in exchange for Julia and Luke.
Luke was right that her idea was stupid. Batwoman didn’t put up much of a fight and gave Alice the recipe to kill her. It’s a secret Lucious Fox died protecting, it’s one that Luke and Julia were both ready to die protecting, and she gave over the keys to the craziest and most dangerous person in Gotham.
Of course, I don’t doubt that Luke can whip up something that would counteract the kryptonite since it took him less than 15 minutes to crack the complicated code, but it’s still disappointing that Kate didn’t have a better plan in place to save herself and her friends.
Alice had a plan that worked and allowed Alice to run free once again.
I hate to say it, but Alice is Kate’s kryptonite.
As long as Kate feels any morsel of connection to her sister, there will always be a way to destroy her.
But since the weapon to destroy Batwoman is kryptonite in the hands of her kryptonite, wouldn’t it be fun if this led to a mini-crossover with Supergirl since we know the little green rock exists in National City?
Sophie and Julia celebrated her return by locking lips (Kate shouldn’t be surprised, she gave them the go-ahead), and then Julia revealed she was previously working for Safiya Sohail, a villain and Kate Kane’s ex from the comics.
Safiya was mentioned in Batwoman Season 1 Episode 7 as the boss of The Rifle and apparently made a deal with Julia not to kill Batwoman. Julia terminated the deal the moment she realized that she was played because of what was inside Lucious’s journal, which she was fetching for her “boss.”
In the comics, Julia helps Batwoman deal with Safiya, so it seems the series is adapting the storyline in some capacity. Will Safiya also be in charge of the terrorist group “Many Hands of Death” like in the comics?
Since Batwoman/Kate didn’t have any connection to the name when Julia mentioned it, it’s unlikely they’ll offer up the ex-girlfriend route, and maybe it’s for the best. How many ex-girlfriends can Kate have?
Gotham has no shortage of villains, and in the same vein, Batwoman has no shortage of enemies who want her dead.
And those enemies include her own father. Commander Kane promised Batwoman he’d wage war if she didn’t step away and stop putting the people of Gotham at risk.
Usually, I wouldn’t agree with him, but what went down at Arkham wasn’t pretty.
However, Kane has absolutely no idea he’s waging war on his own daughter. If it’s any consolation to Mary, at least she isn’t the last person to find out that Kate is Batwoman.
Other Gotham Thoughts
- Since Parker has now been brought into the Batcave, can we bring her on permanently? You can never have too many hackers/ coders.
- It goes to show you how deranged Mouse is that he truly thought Arkham was his Wonderland. Is he going to punish Alice for destroying his happiness?
- How is Sophie still in the dark about Batwoman?!
What did you think of the penultimate episode of Batwoman?
Are you ready for the finale next week? Will it offer us a glimpse at Safiya? And yep, we’ll get a showdown between Batwoman and Commander Kane!
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