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When it comes to superheroes gracing our TV screens on Sunday night, we’re not talking about Batman or Superman anymore.

It’s 2019, and joining Supergirl is the latest masked crusader protecting Gotham City from those that mean to do it harm.

Kate Kane suited up for the second time (the backdoor pilot of Batwoman premiered during the Arrowverse crossover) in the iconic black superhero suit.

As a premiere, it was shaky; it wasn’t bad but it didn’t prove that it has what it takes just yet.

Kane narrated the whole episode which provided us with plenty backstory.

Here’s the gist of it:

  • She’s been away from Gotham training in hopes of joining the Crows, her father’s security force protecting the people the Dark Knight left behind 3-years-ago.
  • Her father is the Commander and she also has a step-mother and a step-sister, Mary, whose character initially comes off as vain until it’s revealed that she runs an illegal medical clinic.
  • Kate’s real mother and sister, Beth, died during a tragic accident. Their car was hit by a bus hijacked by the Joker. Kate escaped but her sister and mom were trapped in the car which fell off the cliff.
  • During her time in the military academy, Kate fell in love with Sophie.
  • The two were caught breaking the “homosexual conduct” and forced to sign a denial. Sophie did because she needed and wanted to continue her studies while Kate stepped away.
  • To ease the break-up, Sophie told Kate that she didn’t love her but anyone who has ever seen a TV series knows that’s a lie.

When the series began, the Commander ordered Gotham City to turn off the Batman call sign after years of hoping that he’d return as the cities savior.

The ceremony is interrupted by Alice, a Harley Quinn-like villain, who kills a few of the Crows, taps into the feed, and has her goons in animal masks kidnap Sophie.

It seems unintentional at first, but Alice’s plan has two purposes: she wants to get the attention of the Commander and of Kate.

Alice may be deranged, but she knows a lot about Kate, who believes the Crows aren’t doing enough to save her former lover and tasks herself with getting it done.

In fact, she knows Kate’s weak spot as she explains that she took Kate because the Commander cares more about his solider, aka the daughter he always wanted, than his own daughter, whom he shipped away.

Kate is tough and has her wits about her but for some reason, she falls victim to Alice’s taunts.

Hoping to call Batman and convince him to help her save Sophie, Kate breaks into Wayne Enterprises for a second time, but this time she stumbles into the bat-cave filled with all of Batman’s toys and his retired Batsuit.

Oh, and she also learns the secret that her cousin is Batman.

Luke, Batman’s right-hand man, tells Kate that her cousin tormented himself for years after not being able to save Kate’s mother and sister.

Kate realizes that, just like her cousin, she needs to carve her own path.

Once Luke retailors the suit to fit her, she shows up at the construction site where Alice is dangling Sophie in front of the Commander and threatening to blow the movie’s in the park event to smithereens.

A fight ensures between the villainess and the new superhero with Alice escaping as Batwoman plunges to break Sophie’s fall.

Sophie is stunned to see that Batman isn’t a “he.”

There were a few questions that kept popping up throughout the course of the premiere.

Why did Alice have such a bone to pick with the Commander?

Why did it matter so much if we knew about Kate’s sister, Beth?

Eventually, I put two-and-two together shortly before Kate did: her sister Beth never died in the accident.

Alice is Beth.

As Kate makes the realization by seeing the gemstone in Alice’s blade, Alice is looking over a picture of the two as children and musing about her plan to turn Kate so they could rule Gotham together.

Oh, if she only knew.

The twist first presented itself in the “Elegy” comic books when Alice lamented “you have our father’s eyes” before stabbing Kate and plunging to her death.

However, having the Kate in on the twist so soon is unexpected so early on in the season.

You’d think they’d at least leave that for a mid-season cliffhanger.

That in itself reassures me that it’s possible the series will deliver more than we’re expecting as we’ll surely learn more about what makes Alice tick in time.

Other Gotham Moments

  • Sophie and Kate’s reunion is cut short when Kate learns that Sophie is married to a man named Tyler. It won’t be long before Sophie’s forced to face her true feelings, and it’s important for the series to underline that being shamed into becoming somebody you’re not is not okay.
  • These superhero TV shows always irritate me because it’s so obvious who is under the mask. At least it’s better than the Supergirl/Kara situation since Kate’s face is partially covered.
  • Kate slamming Alice’s henchmen with a frying pan was hands-down the best part of the episode.

The series, much like Kate, still has some work to establish itself and not feel like an imposter, but there’s potential.

The characters all serve a purpose that brings something valuable to the storyline, and Kate will redefine what it means to be a heroine while the addition of her sister as the villain creates necessary conflict.

What did you think? Do you “batlieve”?

Or is this not worth your Sunday evenings?


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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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