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Batwoman Review – Off With Her Head (1×15)

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We knew Alice’s past was traumatizing, but we weren’t clued into the extent of the trauma until Batwoman’s “Off with Her Head.”
The episode finally gave a play-by-play of what happened to Alice that forced her to snap and essentially turn off her humanity. Surprisingly, it didn’t have as much to do with Cartwright than it did with his mother, Mabel Cartwright, who Alice referred to as the Queen.
The events unfolded after Alice tracked down Mouse to save him but was met with straight hatred inspired by his exposure to teargas. His father wanted to mend his relationship with his son, and the only way that could happen was if Mouse believed Alice was a monster who ruined his family.
Mouse was so far gone when Alice came to save him that he turned on Alice, chained her up, and exposed her to Scarecrows toxins, which gave us a look at Alice’s deepest fear. Alice came face-to-face with Cartwright’s oxygen-tank wielding older mother who immediately disliked “the girl” and unleashed holy hell on her because she was envious of her youth and beauty.
Alice went through years of emotional and physical abuse that made learning how to sew new faces out of human skin look like child’s play. “Her majesty” broke Alice to the point where Alice chose to be numb instead.
The memories were interlaced with Alice’s hallucinations of the Queen, which were pretty straightforward aside from one vision — Mabel with her face burnt off. It didn’t make sense throughout most of the hour until Alice finally revealed the climax of the story.
After realizing that “mommy dearest” was wearing her real mother’s earrings, the ones that matched the necklaces given to her and Kate for their bat mitzvahs, Alice broke into the locked refrigerator to find her mother’s severed head inside. At that moment, she truly snapped as she understood everything that had been taken from her. In her first act of turning into an unhinged psychopath who reigned hell on Gotham, she burnt Mabel to a crisp, which explains the “burnt face” vision.
Digging into Alice’s backstory on such a deep level not only painted a better picture of what she endured, but it also made us feel sorry for her. She’s no longer a one-dimensional villain; her motivation is clear and the depth of her pain easily excuses the hurt she dishes out. Alice is a byproduct of insanity forced upon her through years of living in survival mode.
Batwoman Off With Her Head Review

Batwoman — “Off With Her Head” — Image Number: BWM115B_0283b — Pictured (L-R): John Emmet Tracy as August Cartwright and Debra Mooney as Mabel Cartwright — Photo: Colin Bentley/The CW — © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Both Alice’s version of the story and Lucas’s findings indicate that Mabel died, but whatever happened to their mother’s face? Did it go to anyone? Or was it simply preserved in the fridge forever? Or was Cartwright hinting that his deranged mother picked Gabi’s face, which is what caused the accident? The “omg” moment seems to have been lost on me probably because I couldn’t believe Cartwright fished her head out of the water and held onto it. That whole family is twisted and sick!
While Alice’s obvious fear was Mabel, there was an underlying fear that plagued her while under the fear toxin and it was the worry that no one was going to come to save her again. Alice has always blamed her father and Kate for allowing her childhood to be ruined by not looking for her hard enough, and those anxieties also manifested themselves again. At one point, Jacob and Batwoman even came to visit her but deemed her not worthy of redemption, which hurt Alice more than anything.
Alice’s present-day situation mimicked her kidnapping the first time around, and once again, it was at the hands of her initial captor. However, it was also a second chance for both Jacob and Kate to prove their love to her and come to her rescue.
If they didn’t do enough or try hard enough back in the day, that was far from the case this time. Kate quite literally put everything on the line to save her sister. And when Jacob found her, holding a shard of glass and contemplating suicide, he simply held her in his arms and told her “he cared.”
While this wasn’t part of Alice’s plan, she achieved the results she’d wanted. Her family came through for her, they went to great lengths to get her back, and they no longer judged her for what she’d done because they understood why she was the way she was. It was the first step in their reconciliation into becoming a real family.
When I say Kate did everything to get her sister back, I mean she killed Cartwright with her bare hands despite promising that she wouldn’t because she wasn’t a killer.  She was overcome with emotion after realizing just how much Cartwright took for her, so it’s understandable, but it’s going to be hard for Kate to bounce back from. The moment was raw and engulfed Kate in a way she didn’t expect while challenging expectations of herself.
Kate is the city’s hero — she’s righteous, good, and protects the innocent while punishing the criminals in moral ways. This goes against everything she believes in. How will she face herself every day? How will she try to set an example when she disappointed herself?
Again, it wasn’t Alice’s plan, per se, but she was proud of her sister because she finally got what she wanted — Kate on her level. Kate could no longer judge her because she too had blood on her hands. Plus, it’s not like Alice would be mad at the fact that the man who destroyed her life was finally dead and could never hurt her again. It was a cause for celebration.
Other Gotham Musings
  • Kate sent Sophie a “you up” text, but it wasn’t the best idea since she can’t just go tell her ex-girlfriend she just killed a man.
  • Mary was straight up looking for a way to open the secret underground Batcave. And she was close to figuring it out. She’s too smart for all of this.
  • Kate called Mary as Batwoman to help Cartwright from bleeding out. She might as well clue her in on the truth because Kate and Batwoman’s worlds are getting murky.
  • Lucas figured out that Mary knows, right?
  • Kate didn’t tell her father about alternate-reality Beth, but now he knows the real Alice is alive. How will he continue running the Crows while protecting his other daughter?
  • Seeing how miserable and vicious Mabel was also helped us realize why August Cartwright was the way he was. Hurt people hurt people.
  • Couldn’t Jacob look up August Cartwright’s information and quickly find what his mother’s address was so that they didn’t waste time?
The teaser for next week’s Batwoman shows Alice and Kate teaming up to break Mouse out of Arkham. In an attempt to get mend her relationship with her sister, will Kate lose her sense of self and heroism? How will she straddle the line when she’s aligned with a villain?
As for this week’s episode, it may have been my favorite simply because it broke all the rules and portrayed the hero and the villain as both one and the same; they’re both in the same gray area. Everything we knew up until this moment was questioned and flipped upsidedown as the narrative proved we’re all just as good as our responses to external situations. If Batwoman keeps this up, it’s on its way to becoming one of the best superhero shows simply because it’s not afraid to go against the grain and get a little dark.


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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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