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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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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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