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Batwoman Review – One Can Live While the Other Must Die (1×12)

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If you found yourself screaming ‘nooooo’ at the TV screen at the conclusion of tonight’s Batwoman episode, just know you aren’t the only one feeling the loss.

The episode saw two versions of Beth exist in the same universe following implications still brought on and felt by the collapse of the multiverses.

There was obviously Alice, the Beth of the earth that Kate couldn’t save or redeem, while Beth, who appeared from a different world, made a compelling case by being smart, compassionate and everything Kate always wanted Alice to be.

The choice was simple and pretty straightforward, which is why it was obvious that Alice would be spared. And truthfully, to keep things interesting, the plot moving along, the rift between sister’s anchoring the series, and an overall villain captivating audiences and raising the stakes, everything hinged on Alice’s survival.

But man, Kate and co. had so many opportunities to just take Alice out and rid Gotham City of its most dangerous criminal, it was practically making our heads spin.

Kate’s good-natured spirit meant that she wanted to find a way to save both Beth and Alice, but Alice didn’t deserve to be spared. Maybe if she had shown any remorse as Catherine pointed out, we could argue that there was something buried deep within in her could be redeemed.

Unfortunately, Alice has proven time and time again that she is beyond repair.

“Take Your Choice” underlined just how broken and haunted Alice truly is by her past. Her upbringing trapped inside a literal hell with Mouse and his father led to a psychotic break, which caused her to create this alternate persona of Alice, but deep down inside, all she’s ever wanted was to be loved by her sister.

It’s incredibly heartbreaking to watch and you can’t help but feel sorry for her, especially because her delusions are so intense that she truly believes her sister will save her.

For a moment, I thought Kate would save her, too. Kate kept her cards close to her chest, and there was a possibility that she would use this as a second-chance to also redeem herself and save her sister after failing the first time around.

If you think about it, the only way Kate would save her actual sister is if she saved Alice.

However, she made the logical choice and gave the anecdote to Beth, who deserved it and could be the sister she always wanted and needed.

And yet, even with the anecdote, Beth’s chances of survival were slim as she had a major target on her back. There was a whole city out there looking for Alice, so the moment she left the Batcave, it was over for her, though, I didn’t expect her killer to be August Cartwright, Alice’s captor and Mouse’s father.

When we met “Dr. Campbell,” we knew there was something off about him, and in hindsight, we should have known there was a chance it was August, but his timing was so impeccable.

Seriously, what are the odds that both he and Sophie would be there when Luke and Beth pulled up?

Sophie decided not to shoot because of her love for Kate, but as Commander, she should have caught on that Luke would never be protecting Alice.

However, it all stems back to Kate and her failure to inform Sophie of Beth’s existence.

She never told Mary about the multiverses collapsing, and yet Mary was allowed to know about Beth and Alice, so it’s unclear why Sophie couldn’t have been made privy to the information.

This way, she would have called off the shoot to kill order and they could have worked alongside each other to protect Beth and kill Alice. Everyone wins.

But again, this is a show and for entertainment purposes, Alice’s survival was necessary.

When Beth was shot and died in Luke’s arms (whom I think was her BF on her earth), Alice was revived and she came back with a vengeance considering her dear sister whose love she’s been trying to earn back allowed her to die.

It would have been interesting to see if Alice could turn over a new leaf if Kate had shown her love and given her the cure, but I guess we’ll never know.

For now, their feud continues and Alice has even more reasons to act like a psychopath because her sister very clearly turned her back on her.

Oh, when will Kate learn?

Cartwright also confronted his failure of a son, Mouse, and inserted him with a serum that will likely give him the ability to control him.

We haven’t dived too deeply into what transpired between Mouse and Cartwright, but it seems as though his father felt betrayed by Mouse’s close relationship with Alice and faked his own death. With his return, it allows us to explore that dynamic and also his deep distaste for Alice that allowed him to kill her, well, her doppelganger, without hesitation.

Elsewhere, Commander Kane got into it with Dodgson, who I’m assuming is dead after being choked out by the only person in prison who saw an opportunity with aligning with the former Commander of the Crows.

Without Dr. Campbell, Kane’s release from prison doesn’t seem too promising, but Mary will find another way as they can’t keep him sidelined for too long.

Other Gotham City Musings

  • It was nice seeing Catherine again. Her “I’ll save you a seat in hell” gave her character death some deserved justice.
  • Is anyone else rooting for Mary and Luke?
  • Also, Mary is such a badass! She outsmarted Alice and lived to tell the tale.
  • Alice calling Beth “basic” was her way of masking her jealousy at the fact that Beth also had the life she always wanted.
  • The Commander should really learn how to fight better.

What did you think of the episode?

Are you happy Alice survived? Are you sad to see Beth go?


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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.”

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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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