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Batwoman Review – Sister Bonding Time Leaves One Character in Arkham (1×16)

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Who would’ve thought we’d see Kate and Alice working for the same team one day on Batwoman?

The team-up may have been surprising, but it was wickedly delicious. Maybe it’s because of Ruby Rose and Rachel Skarsten’s chemistry, but the sister-duo was electric together as Kate worried that she was turning into Alice and Alice was beginning to show a glimpse of humanity.

Spending time together is good for one sister but terrible for the other as their behaviors tend to rub off on one another.

The action in this episode alone was better than most of the season. And even if it was hard to believe that Kate would willingly hurt innocent people to help her sister, it allowed us to pretend for just a moment that these two could turn things around and play for the same side.

Kate was still reeling from Cartwright’s death. Killing a man is something she never expected to do and went against her morals, and yet, once she did it, she was terrified that she didn’t feel a shred of guilt.

Usually, that would worry me, but considering Cartwright ripped her family apart, was the sole reason behind their suffering, and turned her sister into the mad hatter, I can’t say that I blame her.

There are some people that are beyond redemption; Cartwright got what he deserved.

Alice kept insisting that she and Kate were the same, but it’s blatantly obvious that she doesn’t know her sister at all and wants to believe that instead. Kate may have slipped up, but the act of murder does not turn her into a monster.

Kate is nothing like her — she prides herself on being the hero, helping people, and honoring a code.

Alice: We buried a body this morning. When did you have time to eat?

The murder didn’t make Kate less of a hero, though, it did cause her to question who she was for a bit and that’s fine. Even heroes have darker days. Protecting the city comes with a price and sooner or later, Kate would have had to face this part of herself.

What really trigged her was Alice’s revelation that she wanted Kate to kill Cartwright. Once Kate realized it was all part of Alice’s twisted plan to show her that she’s just as twisted as her sister, she knew what she had to do.

It may have been shocking that Kate agreed to help Alice break into Arkham to reunite with Mouse, but in retrospect, it was the moment where she knew she had to stop Alice.

I’ll admit, I was just as shocked as Alice that Kate played her, but it made sense especially since Kate would never stoop that low and not consider the consequences of getting caught. Alice never expected it, however, because she wanted so badly wanted to trust Kate, to have a relationship with Kate, to be accepted as part of the family again, that she was blinded.

Kate played her part well and was very convincing. She knew just what to say to get on her side.

Alice didn’t expect that her own family would use her biggest fear of getting abandoned against her, and this will undoubtedly blow up in Kate and Jacob’s faces.

No one ever stays at Arkham for too long and especially not Alice. She’s savvy enough to escape, plus she also knows the ins and outs of the psychiatric ward.

And once she does, she will come back with a vendetta. They haven’t seen the last of Alice forever, but it’s possible the series is moving away towards a new big bad. Possibly the person that ordered all those professional hits on half of Gotham?

Lucious Fox’s alleged murder, Reggie, was released and killed shortly after by a hitman while chatting up with Fox’s son, Lucas.

It was absolutely no coincidence that Nazzari, the owner of the Sip and Dash where the murder went down, was also killed by a hitman mere hours before.

Whoever framed Reggie is taking out the people that know too much.

Sophie was also a target, but she was saved at the last minute by Julia, British Intelligence and Kate’s ex-girlfriend. Yep, two exes hanging out together — what could go wrong?

Lucious was also Julia’s godfather, so there’s a personal connection that led her to finding a down-in-the-dumps Kate drinking by herself on the ledge of the building.

Kate was feeling low and found comfort in Julia, who didn’t object. Yeah, things are about to get messy between these ladies as they will all likely work towards figuring out who the murderer is.

The Commander was also targeted since he sent Sophie out to snoop around and has intel that someone within the Crow’s was paid to incriminate an innocent man and cover it up.

Considering we don’t have any personal connection to anyone else in the Crow’s, I’m not sure how this is going to pan out, but we’ll see.

Even though Lucas was undergoing a lot of personal dilemmas, I truly enjoyed all of his scenes with Mary. They’re on their way to becoming Gotham’s power couple.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below or at @CraveYouTV on Twitter!


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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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