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Batwoman Review – Kate Suffers PTSD as She Takes on The Detonator (1×17)

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What makes a hero?

Gotham’s latest villain, a Detonator copycat, posed that question when he attempted to prove that when threatened, the city’s heroes aren’t so heroic after all by strapping bombs to their chests and giving them the option to either save themselves or countless innocent lives in the city. 

Unlike many of the other villains, this villain = connected back to another overarching storyline and exposed a deeper issue plaguing the Crows. 

Commander Kane has long been suspicious of a Crow’s cover-up concerning the Lucious Fox murder, but he wasn’t able to get to the bottom of it until he himself woke up with a bomb strapped to his chest. 

Actually, at that point, he still didn’t figure it out. If it wasn’t for Sophie, Julia Pennyworth, and our girl, Batwoman, Commander Kane would’ve been a goner. 

Kane recognized Sophie and Julia’s efforts in solving the mystery and connecting the Detonator to the murder of Lucious Fox and Reggie Mills. As a thank you, he reinstated the Sophien and made her co-head of the strike team alongside Julia.

Obviously, this will only bring the two closer together, and since they’re both Kate’s exes (and Julia recently spent the night with Kate), it’s bound to make things awkward. 

Miles Robles, the Detonator and traitor masking as a Crow, was also responsible for Luscious Fox’s death. 

Luke confronted Robles to find out why he murder his father and found out the harrowing truth — his father died protecting him after Robles pursued him to steal some journals that Tommy Elliot wanted. 

Yes, that Tommy Elliot, who made an appearance earlier in the season and attempted to take out Bruce Wayne when he thought he came back to the city. We’ll get to him in a moment. 

Luke’s anger consumed him, and if Batwoman hadn’t intervened, he would have killed Robles in cold blood. Luke always seems so level-headed, so it was nice to see this edgier side of him. Most importantly, it proves that everyone can be driven into darkness. 

Luke’s moral crisis helped Batwoman deal with her PTSD from killing Cartwright. She had to come to terms with what she did by telling Luke about it so that she could prevent him from making the same mistake. 

She hid the truth from him because she didn’t want him to be disappointed, but he assured her that one kill didn’t, especially a justified kill, didn’t make her a bad person before revealing that Batman killed the Joker. Would you look at that! 

Robles’ explanation for the murder connected to Tommy, who is currently locked away in Arkham and having a bit of a personality crisis where he believes Bruce Wayne is his bestie. Luke revealed his father’s journals, the ones Elliot had him killed for, were the blueprints to all Wayne Industry’s technology. Imagine how dangerous it would be if a deranged lunatic got his hands on them. 

As we saw, things at Arkham are a bit too chaotic for my liking. 

Mouse was briefly feeling the love, but Alice couldn’t believe this was her new reality. Her facial expressions were a dead giveaway that she was going to concoct some kind of plan. 

Alice flows in an out of reality, so there are times where it feels like she shouldn’t be locked up in a looney bin, and then she goes and does something like having Mouse kill Dr. Butler and steal his face so that they can become the “King and Queen of Arkham” before eventually plotting their escape. 

This right here proves how delusional they are. How could it be that easy to manipulate the guards of Arkham? I know these criminals are the cities most dangerous, but it should not be this easy. 

And finally… Mary confronted Kate about being Batwoman. It happened at a time where Mary was so fed up with Kate for ditching her responsibilities to protect Gotham and its people. She watched countless imposter’s step up and put themselves in the line of danger simply to restore the faith, and she couldn’t stand by idly and silently and let Kate get away with the sulking. 

One sister, Alice, broke Kate by putting her in a situation where she was so angry that she resorted to violence and murder, and another sister, Mary, helped Kate remember who she was. 

Mary’s asking Kate to “keep going” was powerful and the reason why she of all people needs to be on Batwoman’s team.

Also, it was hilarious to see Luke try to “cover it up” when Mary was clearly in the know. 

“A Narrow Escape” marked The Vampire Diaries’ star Paul Wesley’s directorial debut on the DC Comics-inspired series, and he did a great job. It’s always nice to see everyone stay in The CW family! 

What did you think of the Batwoman episode? Was it worth the long hiatus?


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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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Has ‘Batwoman’ Found Its Ryan Wilder in ‘Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan? How Will Kate Kane’s Exit Change the Series?

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Will Vanessa Morgan Play Ryan Wilder on Batwoman?

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. 

Who Is Ryan Wilder? ‘Batwoman’ Season 2 May Cast New Character in Superhero Role Following Ruby Rose’s Exit

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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