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Batwoman Review – I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury (1×06)

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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.


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‘God Friended Me’ Actress Javicia Leslie Cast As New Lead in ‘Batwoman’

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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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