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?
Batwoman Season Finale Review – Goodbye Kate Kane, Hello Batwing! (2×18)
Batwoman wrapped up its second season with two Batwoman’s, Batwing, Alice, and the #BatTeam aligning for a common goal. Who would have thought?
Much of the season was building up to the very moment where Roman Sionis aka Black Mask declares war on Gotham and orders its citizens to overthrow the government.
It was essentially the PG-13 version The Purge.
While there were plenty of people who were more than happy to wreak havoc, the city was also filled with scared souls hoping to give Batwoman the faith she needs to continue fighting for them.
And so she did.
Ryan wasn’t confident to take on Circe without the Batsuit, and who could blame her? Without the suit’s protection, she was a mere mortal who could get seriously hurt.
But the fire that she had to protect the city from the bad guys never came from the suit, and thus, she found it in herself to step up for all of those who were relying on her.
In order to make any real progress, she needed to join forces with her sworn enemy: Alice.
I know there’s beef between them since Alice and her Wonderland Gang killed Ryan’s adoptive mother, but they make such a great team. It’s truly enjoyable to watch them work side-by-side.
The goal has always been to save Kate, so when Mary managed to snag an aerosol of Snakebite, they needed to get close enough to Circe to spray her with it and hopefully trigger some permanent memories.
And it worked… but not before Alice and Circe went overboard into the river in what seemed to be a repeat of Beth’s death.
Was Alice hoping that Kate’s memories would bubble up to the surface and she would get a second chance at saving her thus bringing Kate back permanently in Circe’s body?
Instead, Alice pulled Circe/Kate to the surface where she and Ryan performed CPR. Kate recognized Beth immediately just as she was pulled away by the cops.
For a night that was supposed to destroy the GCPD, they managed to lock up the leader of The False Face Society and the Wonderland Gang at the same time. I’d call that rather successful.
Kate realized the irony of always wanting to bring Beth out of Alice and having Alice bring Kate out of Circe instead. It didn’t matter how much Alice did or sacrificed to bring her sister back, however, as Kate determined that until she wanted to be Beth again, she couldn’t be saved. I’m going to have to agree with Ocean that Kate never deserved Alice’s love.
While I’m not too happy that Alice is back in the orange jumpsuit and behind bars just as she was making a sliver of progress, I know she isn’t going to stay there for long. Alice always gets out, especially since she has a key piece of information that Ryan is going to want.
In the final moments of the episode, Alice informed Ryan that her biological mother, the one Ryan thought died during childbirth, was actually alive.
Alice always has a card to play — it’s impressive. Is Ryan’s mom in Arkham?
Or does it have something to vines growing, which would indicate the appearance of Poison Ivy! Safiyah did mention that Ivy helped with the creation of the Desert Rose, so could this be connected somehow?
And the floating top hat and black-and-white umbrella that has belonged to Penguin wasn’t lost on me either!
I don’t know about you, but this makes me super excited for season 3!
Hopefully, the revelation about her mother, while jarring, isn’t going to undo all the progress she’s made to better herself.
In the season finale, Ryan finally found her power — she no longer saw herself the criminal she was painted out to be, she was released from parole, and Kate handed over the reins to Batwoman officially.
I didn’t mind the new Batwoman, but I’m glad the whole Kate Kane debacle is over. As I’ve said, she’s overstayed her welcome. Not to mention, Ryan made a much better Batwoman.
It seems almost pointless that the series would waste so much time on flip-flopping between having Kate missing, dead, and alive again, but I guess it does give her storyline closure in a way that doesn’t cheapen the character. It was a solid farewell that allowed her to say goodbye to her team, her sister, and Sophie while passing on the baton to someone who is more than worthy.
As Kate embarks on a mission to find Bruce Wayne, Ryan and the team will stay behind to protect Gotham, give the youth a community center, and provide free healthcare to those in need. It’s all coming up Millhouse!
And who knows, maybe one day she’ll come back to assist with the Bruce Wayne story. He’s such a presence in the series despite being off-screen.
Prior to having his face permanently burned with one of Joker’s acid flower and seeing his plan to become the city’s hero fail, Black Mask pumped Tavaroff full of Snakebite. His body seemingly gave out as he flatlined, and Roman didn’t hesitate to dump his body in a dumpster. They bring him to Mary’s clinic, where she notices the Snakebite and steals it to save Kate/Circe.
This, however, triggers Tavarrof, who goes into full rage mode. He’s beefed up and honestly, looking really Hulk-ish. It’s scary, but Mary manages to fight him off (looking truly fashionable, I might add) as he pursues her in the alleyway before Luke suits up and rises to help her as Batwing!
Luke has always been part of the action, but now, he’s going to be in the thick of it!
Two vigilantes in Gotham? Yes, please!
Since Ryan didn’t have her suit and was preoccupied with the Kate situation, it was awesome that Luke could’ve stepped in. There’s no one that knows more about this operation than he does, plus, his father specifically designed the suit based on his imagined renderings of a Black Batman.
Also, that suit is much more impressive than Batwoman’s!
Batwing, Penguin, Poison Ivy… it’s truly shaping up to be an exciting third season.
One person that won’t be coming back in Commander Kane. Dougray Scott will not reprise his role in the upcoming season as showrunner Caroline Dries admitted that his character has “run its course.”
I’d have to agree considering the Crows have been dismantled and Kate’s continuing on with her journey. I’m sure they could still find ways to involve him in Alice and Mary’s lives, but even towards the end of the season, it felt as though they were running out of storylines for him.
Overall, it was an action-packed finale that changed the trajectory of every major character for the better. I can’t wait to see what else is in store for them!
What did you think of the finale? Were you a fan of this rebooted second season? Are you rooting for Ryan and Sophie to become a couple? What about Mary and Luke?
And what’s the situation with Ryan’s mother? Sound off in the comments, and see you all next season!
Batwoman Review – A Storm Is Brewing in Gotham (2×17)
Thought Kate Kane was back?
On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 17, the Bat Team welcomed Kate — with a new face — with open arms, but in their desperation to have her back, they didn’t consider the possibility that it wasn’t her at all.
Honestly, Sophie even mentioned that they didn’t know what state Kate would wake up in after her hangover, so why didn’t they even stop to think that it might be Circe pretending to be Kate?
Luke basically handed her the blueprints that she needed to infiltrate the Bat Cave, lock them up, and steal all of their weapons.
They also needed to get Ryan Wilder out of the way, so the GCPD rounded her up by framing her on a drug possession.
Once again, the drugs weren’t Ryan’s, and thankfully, this time she was able to convince her parole officer that she was being wronged by spilling the secret that she’s Batwoman.
While it was a hard sell, Ryan was able to back up her claims by taking down several officers. It takes a lot of skill.
Ryan may have been able to break out, but she’s now a woman on the run. She’ll be limited in what she’s able to do, which will usher in Luke as Batwing. Two vigilantes are better than one! Does this also mean she’s getting a new batsuit!?
It was always possible that Circe was still working with Roman Sionis, but the betrayal still blindsided me.
Sionis is ruthless, however, so it wasn’t surprising that part of his plan also included rounding up ex-Crows to do his dirty bidding.
Those guys are so desperate to fit in. Plus, the fact that they were so easily swayed to join the bad guy means that they were always corrupt from the getgo; they never had the people of Gotham’s best interests at heart.
And of course Tavaroff is going to be Roman’s right hand man!
Circe made off with bioweapons that Bruce snatched up from Gotham’s most dangerous villains, but what does he intend to do with them? Build a superweapon?
And where does Circe fall into the plan? She obviously has no interest in being Batwoman, but there’s a part of Kate Kane inside of her that I have no doubt will bubble up to the surface.
If there’s anything we know about Kate it’s that she’s persistent, especially if her friends are dedicated to saving her.
We know the Bat Team won’t give up on her, but the person that’s most motivated is Alice.
After losing Ocean, Alice has no one left, which means she can fully invest herself into saving Kate.
I’m just as heartbroken about Ocean’s death as Alice is. He was the one person that was able to ground her and proved to her that she was worthy of love. He made her a better person — as good as Alice could be.
She’s already lost so much, and she continues to keep getting pushed to the edge.
Sure, she may have burned down Coryana, but Safiyah deserved it for what she did to her and Ocean.
And she more than deserved getting stabbed with the dessert rose dagger. Alice ripped that play right out of Safiyah’s playbook.
In order to weather the storm, Alice is going to have to work together with the Bat Team.
Thankfully, she’s starting to make some real progress with everyone including Mary.
Will the inevitable faceoff between Ryan and Circe lead to Kate’s demise? I can’t see Circe’s storyline continuing on for too long and there’s clearly not enough room for two Batwoman’s.
Plus, who’s to say that Kate would even want to take up the mantle if she were to come back?
All this Gotham drama would make me want to escape to a deserted island… no, not that one!
I hated how Ryan felt as though she were pushed to the side with Kate’s return. She’s proven that she’s worthy of wearing the cape, while the series proved that they can tell incredible stories without Kate. Even Ryan and Sophie’s connection is more convincing than Ryan and Kate’s at this point, so really, Kate’s return would just be messing up tons of personal and professional relationships.
What did you think of the penultimate episode of Batwoman?
Batwoman Review – Rebirth (2×16)
Roman Sionis, Circe, Kate Kane, and Safiyah are all connected.
On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 16, Safiyah makes her return as it’s revealed that she worked with Roman aka “Black Mask” to deliver him Kate.
But when she finds out that “Circe” and Alice came into contact, she informs him that Alice is Beth Kane. Safiyah knows that Alice would be able to identify her sister even if her mind was been wiped.
By the time Roman’s people get to Circe/ Kate, Alice and Commander Kane have made impressive strides with forcing her memories back.
Considering there was so much focus on the keyword to trigger Kate’s memories, I feel like they returned a little too easily, but I won’t complain too much cause the team-up between Alice and her father, albeit short-lived, was such a treat.
Alice may no longer be the Beth she remembers, but she’s still in there somewhere.
Jacob seems grateful to get any time with Beth at all, plus, he’s learning more about what led to her Alice persona and he’s surprised that it wasn’t all Cartwright’s doing and Enigma played a huge role in pushing her over the edge.
I feel like Alice will always be Alice, but they’re at least on their way to having some sort of relationship, especially after it was publicly revealed he is the father of one of “Gotham’s most notorious monsters” and he came to her defense.
Alice has done her fair share of terrible things, but she is a victim of her circumstances. She’s a victim of a kidnapping, of trying to forge a new path on Coryana, and of Enigma’s brainwashing. It doesn’t make all the things she’s done right, but it helps to see her in a new light.
With Jacob arrested for aiding and abetting Alice/Beth, he asks Mary to save both of her sisters, who he believes can become who they once were again. It’s a huge ask of Mary considering Alice/Beth killed her mother, but if there’s anyone who has the heart and will to do it, it’s her.
After Roman’s people captured Jacob, Circe/Kate was able to escape to the Batcave where she endured an inner struggle between the two entities inside her mind.
At times, Kate was able to recall things. And while she doesn’t have any memory of her sister, Mary, she does recognize Sophie.
Honestly, Mary always gets the short end of the stick. I guess the point is to showcase how deep Kate and Sophie’s love was, but it’s a low blow not to recognize the sister who was always in your corner!
After Circe resurfaces, she manipulates Sophie in order to escape and confronts Roman about who she really is
Safiyah then tells Roman to tell her the truth and allow her to decide for herself. Roman’s plan is to re-introduce Circe into society as the face (ha, get it?) of his Rebirth line of cosmetics (and even had the perfect millennial story about Malibu and rehab to explain her disappearance), but will Kate/Circe be interested in that.
Or will she try to become part of the #BatTeam again?
Safiyah created a world of chaos when she visited Gotham and made sure that Alice paid the price for burning down her entire field of dessert rose.
She didn’t even attempt to look the other way when Batwoman gave her the only remaining plant to rebuild her empire.
When it came down to it, she took what mattered most from Alice — Ocean. Is he dead for real this time?
Aside from actually enjoying his character and what he brought to the story, I enjoyed his dynamic with Alice.
Who would have thought we’d ever see Alice introduce a man to her dad? And how sweet was it that Ocean wanted to make a good impression?
Plus, I don’t want to see what happens to all the progress Alice has made if the love of her life is taken from her permanently.
We saw how she spiraled by losing her family, and Ocean was one of the few people who accepted her and loved her for her; he didn’t try to change her into something she wasn’t.
Roman may have revealed Alice’s true identity to the world, but it’s time someone reveals him as Black Mask. He’s done enough damage in Gotham.
The episode also focused on Luke’s recovery post-shooting. He was looking for trouble by confronting Tavaroff, who proved that he’s quite the tool who can’t even play poker without cheating. And he’s a sore loser to boot.
Luke may have lost his way temporarily, and it was interesting to see his “bad boy” side come out, but he’ll come around eventually.
While he wanted to reconnect with his father, he’s needed in Gotham. In a city full of bad men, they need all the good guys they can get. We know this is going to lead to Luke becoming Batwing, which was ushered through a guest appearance from Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey). Yay for a mini-crossover! I wouldn’t mind if he stuck around to become a mentor for Luke!
Luke’s always been a superhero to his friends, but with the Crow’s dismantled, the city needs another vigilante more than ever.
And I love that Ryan gave him the space he needed while refusing to apologize for saving his life.
No one should ever have to apologize for that.
What did you think of the episode? Can Alice/Beth truly be redeemed, especially now after Ocean’s murder? What will trigger Luke’s decision to become Batwing? Will Kate return or will she go to the dark side and become Circe?
And does Kate’s return mean a Ryan and Sophie relationship is out of the realm of possibility?
Share your thoughts below!
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