A season is only as strong as its season finale, and Batwoman capped off season 1 with a major feud brewing, a new villain, and the return of Batman to Gotham City… kind of.
The number of people who want to kill Batwoman just ticked up with the addition of Commander Kane.
Kane has never approved of the vigilante taking matters into her own hands in his city, but he took his hatred for her to new levels after on the penultimate episode by declaring war.
Despite Mary, Sophie, and Julia’s best efforts, there’s no changing Kane’s mind. War means he’s going to go out of his way to take down Batwoman even if it means going back on the truce they called.
Kane is motivated by a personal vendetta, which is clouding his judgment.
He keeps asking what people see in Batwoman, and even when everyone tells him that she’s a symbol of hope and a person who defends and protects others selflessly without asking for anything in return, he doesn’t understand it. In his eyes, Batwoman is a criminal who released Arkham’s worst criminals and killed his wife.
Kane is unable to see the flaws beyond Batwoman — yes, she may have contributed to the prisoner’s escape, but only because Alice pulled the trigger and was running things inside the institution. The problem isn’t Batwoman, it’s a flawed system that tortures Gotham’s worst and makes them despise the city and its officials even more than they already did.
In the case of the villain-of-the-week, Titan was turned into a monster, but there was some part of him that could be rehabilitated. He was savagely enacting revenge on those who wronged him, but the violence stemmed from head trauma endured by football and doctor’s who falsified scans so that these players could continue on and win championships. Props to Batwoman for also attempting to expose a deeper seeded issue with contact sports.
Titan should have been punished, but he should have been offered a punishment that allowed him to get real help and possibly reverse the damage that led to his vicious state in the first place. I know this is a comic, superhero series but good and evil tend to bleed into the grey area, and if we’re going to be modern and inclusive in storytelling, then it’s fair to say that there’s a huge issue with Arkham including treatment of prisoners and security.
Back to Commander Kane, though. The only way he could ever “understand” and even consider that he’s on the same side as Batwoman is if he knew her identity. Otherwise, it doesn’t seem like this anger towards her will ever subside. The fact that he cannot kill her is making him despise her even more.
It’s a complex relationship because although Kate and Batwoman are two separate entities, at the same time, Kate is Batwoman. She feels what Batwoman feels. Kane’s betrayal hurt Kate a billion times more than it hurt Batwoman because he’s her father. She looked him in the eye and believed him when he said they could be a team.
Honestly, it’s a bad look for the Crow’s to be pursuing a vigilante this aggressively. Aside from Kane’s personal issues, Batwoman has only ever tried to help out her community. Instead of support, she gets pushback, which obviously makes things harder.
Kane is so laser-focused, but he really should consider that if his own daughter doesn’t trust the Crow’s to their jobs, then it’s incredibly difficult for the public to trust them.
Kate and Kane’s team-up on the subway was made that much more special because it’s one of the only times these two can fight side-by-side for the greater good.
Also trying to kill Batwoman/ Kate is our dear Alice. Considering how easy it was for her to kill the only remaining family member she had left, Alice is a pretty dangerous enemy to have.
Her decision to poison Mouse was shocking but not entirely unexpected. Commander Kane probably wouldn’t like to hear this, but he has a lot in common with Alice — they’re both fueled by revenge and personal vendettas.
Mouse was trying to steer Alice away from risking their freedom to kill Batwoman and thus, she had to eliminate the obstacle. Nothing will stop her from getting what she wants. She’s a cold-blooded killer, so no one is spared not even the ones she’s always loved.
Alice may have felt extreme sadness and grief, but she also showed absolutely no remorse. If it was that easy for her to kill Mouse, she wouldn’t hesitate to take out Kate.
Mouse hindered Alice’s plan and her character development; he was this side-kick that she could never shake and one that always wanted to steer her in the right direction.
They dabbled in a few twisted plans together, but Mouse didn’t make Alice any better or worse, he just weighed her down. In terms of a storytelling perspective, it’s probably best that he’s gone.
When Alice failed to find the kryptonite, one would have thought she exhausted all of her options, but Alice is cunning and she always has another plan.
This time, her plan exceeded all expectations as she added the most powerful weapon to her arsenal — Bruce Wayne (played by Warren Christie).
Of course, it isn’t the actual Bruce Wayne, but no one knows that, and Alice hopes it’ll stay that way.
There’s no one better to impersonate Bruce than Tommy Elliott, the man who was obsessed with him and his biggest rival. Tommy likely knows everything about Bruce including his mannerisms, so he can easily fool #TeamBat. If you’re a fan of the comics, this likely wasn’t a huge surprise as Hush, Tommy’s faceless alter-ego, sometimes wears Bruce Wayne’s face.
I would hope that Luke, at the very least, would be able to figure out that something is amiss, but a man who has been missing in action for years, they might just expect that he’s changed. Their guards will be up because Alice has pulled the face switcheroo before, but the shock of the return and of wanting to know where he’s been, what he’s up to, and why he’s back, might lower those very guards at the same time.
I can also see Tommy enjoying being Bruce Wayne/ Batman too much, which would sabotage Alice’s plan. And depending on where the real Bruce Wayne/ Batman is, if Gotham’s media get wind of his return, the real one might be forced to come out of hiding to thwart the danger being imposed on his city by this imposter.
Then we have the villain that’s very much around but remains in the shadows — Safiya Sohail.
Julia has a target on her back, and while we haven’t seen Safiya yet, she’s making herself known by sending Julia photos of her and Sophie around town.
Julia hasn’t been forthcoming about who she really is or what she’s involved in with Sophie, but now that it involves her, she’s going to have to be. Especially if she wants a relationship with her.
And then, there’s the secret that will always drive a wedge between them: Batwoman.
At this point, it’s safe to suspect that Sophie knows Kate is Batwoman, but it’s never been confirmed and thus, we’re assuming that she’s still in the dark. I was fully expecting her to out Batwoman’s identity on the football field, but I’m glad she didn’t.
It does make you wonder how blind Kane is to the truth when all three women — Julia, Sophie, and Mary — who are close to Kate are also Batwoman’s biggest cheerleaders. If only Kane put two-and-two together.
As for the kryptonite, Luke managed to destroy the only remaining piece (so he thought), but little did he know that Kate actually had a piece in her possession from the Arrowverse crossover that she promised to hold onto for Kara in case she ever needed to use it. And until she gets Kate’s blessing, that powerful little green rock is going to cause a huge problem.
While there were so many fantastic twists and moments in the Batwoman season 1 finale, my favorite had to be Kate realizing that her tribe is her family and she can no longer keep secrets from them. All heroes and vigilantes need a team to fall back on when things get tough or they dislocate a shoulder. Luke is the tech brains and Mary, she’s the one that keeps them grounded and provides medical attention. With all the punches Kate throws and takes, Mary is essential and the perfect addition. The Bat-team has evolved, and they’re stronger together.
What did you think of the Batwoman finale? Were you surprised by the cliffhanger? Sound off in the comments.
Batwoman Season 2 will premiere in 2021 (see The CW’s schedule here), but when it does, it’ll start-up where the abbreviated season 1 finished, which means plenty of juicy drama coming at us right out of the gates!
‘God Friended Me’ Actress 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.”
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.
Has ‘Batwoman’ Found Its Ryan Wilder in ‘Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan? How Will Kate Kane’s Exit Change the Series?
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.
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?
Ruby Rose Leaving ‘Batwoman,’ Role to Be Recast for Season 2 on The CW
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.”
“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.”
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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