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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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‘Riverdale’ Season 5: What Every Character Is Up to After the Seven-Year Time Jump

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Riverdale will embrace a seven-year time jump a few episodes into Season 5!

The move is not only exciting for fans of The CW drama but also for the cast as it allows them to leave high school behind (and the Riverdale as we know it) and play with some more mature storylines for their characters.

Of course, fans have spent much of the hiatus wondering what this means for their favorite characters. Who will they be seven years from now? Where will their journeys take them?

A lot is still unknown, but the cast and crew have given some sneak peeks as to what we can expect! 

Here’s what we know so far: 

 

Archie Andrews

KJ Apa revealed the time jump gives the show a chance to “freshen up the characters,” according to TV Line. 

In fact, he revealed a lot more than he probably should have about the jump forward, which is great for us! 

Apa explained that after graduation, all of the characters went their separate ways. Archie enlisted in the Army and upon returning back home several years later, learned that Hiram Lodge has turned Riverdale into a bit of a ghost town. Leave it to Archie to leave town and return only to reignite his feud with Hiram. 

Archie calls in reinforcements — aka he brings the gang back together — to essentially save Riverdale.

“They talk about how they can revive the town again. Archie very much takes the lead on this. He came back and saw Riverdale turning to s–t pretty much, and he’s like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to let this happen.’ So he wrangles the whole team in, and they figure out ways to revive the town, and the best way to do that is through Riverdale High,” he explained.

Does this mean Archie becomes principal? A teacher? A coach? The possibilities here are endless!

Riverdale Brave New World

Riverdale — “Chapter Thirty-Five: Brave New World” — Image Number: RVD222b_0192.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy, Camila Mendes as Veronica, KJ Apa as Archie, Ashleigh Murray as Josie and Charles Melton as Reggie — Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW — © 2018 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

Betty Cooper

Not much is known about Betty’s future life. Based on Riverdale Season 4, we know Betty will likely attend Yale University. It’s unclear what transpires between Betty and Jughead in the two episodes prior to the time-jump, but there’s a chance they break-up after finding out about her brief rendezvous with Archie. But what does a post-college life for Betty look like? We’ll have to wait for the series return to find out! 

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Jughead Jones

Since Jughead’s escapades at Stonewall Prep, his chances of getting into Yale have been pretty much shot, so it’s unclear where he’s going to college, but word is he may attend the University of Iowa. This puts him on an entirely different path than Betty, which is fitting because if they do break up, I can see them going their separate ways anyway.

Maybe Jughead will focus on writing and be a published author by the time jump?

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Veronica Lodge

Veronica is a married woman in the time jump. Based on Riverdale Season 4, we know she was going to attend Barnard College in New York City, where she likely meets Chad Gekko, a Wall Street banker. But while that sounds super impressive and like the kind of guy Hiram Lodge would approve of, he’s not actually a great husband to Ronnie. He’s described as a “controlling and jealous alpha male.” 

“Chad is threatened by Veronica’s life in Riverdale, especially her friendship with Archie,” the official description adds.

So, is it safe to say that Ronnie and Archie will get back together when she returns to Riverdale?

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Cheryl Blossom and Toni Topaz

It’s not clear what happens between the Queen B’s of Riverdale High, but we do know that the writers have written in Vanessa Morgan’s real-life pregnancy into the storyline. Morgan made the reveal on her Instagram account shortly after wrapping up production and going on maternity leave. Is a #Choni baby on the way? Or did the duo go their separate ways and Toni is pregnant with someone else’s child? Both Cheryl and Toni were said to be attending Highsmith College in Riverdale, and since they are a fan-favorite ship, let’s hope they are one of the high school sweethearts that last! 

Vanessa Morgan says her pregnancy will be written into Riverdale. Is a #Choni Baby on the Way?

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Kevin Keller

We’ve actually seen Kevin five years in the future when he appeared on the short-lived spinoff, Katy Keene. When he visited Josie in New York on Katy Keene Season 1 Episode 10, we found out that Kevin was a drama teacher at Riverdale High, but he wasn’t entirely happy with his decision. There was definitely a ton of resentment towards the murderous town. 

Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa also gave fans a glimpse at the filming of the upcoming season on Instagram and revealed that flash-forward Kevin got “hella swole.”

Riverdale's Kevin Keller crossing over on Katy Keene

Credit: The CW/ Katy Keene/ Scott McDermott

Are you excited about all the storytelling opportunities that follow a time-jump? What do you think everyone is up to?!


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9 Political TV Shows & Documentaries to Watch Ahead of Inauguration Day

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9 TV Shows to Watch on Election Day 2020

Inauguration day is upon us.

As the U.S. gets ready to swear in a new president, we suggest tapping into a political show to fully embrace the moment: 

Here are some of our favorites:

 

Scandal

Who could ever say no to the madness that ensues when Olivia Pope and her White Hat advise President Fitzgerald Grant?

 

Veep

It’s a comical yet punchy look at the White House, which finds Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the second-in-line to the Commander-in-Chief. 

 

Designated Survivor

Kiefer Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly finds himself the President after an attack on the night of the State of the Union kills the president and nearly all of the Cabinet. 

 

 

Knock Down the House

AOC, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortnerz, is among four Democratic hopefuls profiled in the documentary that highlights the race dubbed as one of the most “shocking political upsets in recent American history.”

 

The Final Year

The documentary filmed throughout 2016 follows Barack Obama and his team in his final term. 

 

The West Wing

Aaron Sorkin delivered a series about the inner workings of the White House that has inspired many political shows that followed. 

 

House of Cards

Prior to those Kevin Spacey allegations, the series was one of the most popular amongst households as it followed Congressman Frank Underwood. After he was fired, Robin Wright took the lead.

 

Madam Secretary

In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and political science professor, runs the world as Secretary of State. 

 

The Handmaid’s Tale

Critics have draw parallels between the series, a dystopian drama about a futuristic America where a society controls women, and Donald Trump’s America. The series has also inspired many protests around the world, most recently the women’s movement against the abortion ban in Poland. 


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5 Powerful Shows, Movies, and Documentaries to Watch to Learn About Racial Injustice

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Shows, Movies, and Documentaries to Watch About Racial Injustice

Guest post: Hiba Abdillahi

There’s a problem in our country. If you’ve been watching new news or checked in on social media, you have seen the murder of African American men at the hands of police (most recently, the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody), racially-motivated encounters, and, as a result, protests, riots, and lootings that have spanned nationwide. 

The conversation about racial injustice, racial inequality, and systematic racism has never been louder or more charged up, and for those of you who may not know much about it or have never experienced it first hand, it’s a time to get educated.

The list of shows and documentaries that cover what it’s like to be black in America and capture institutionalized racism continues to multiply quickly as streaming services. 

But we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 5 shows, movies, and documentaries that can be a starting point for you and your family to help you understand how root of violence against black Americans and how it affects everyone. 

 

1. When They See Us (Netflix)

The jarring Netflix mini-series by Ava Duvernay is based on the story of the Central Park Five, a group of five black Latino boys failed by the justice system after they were wrongfully convinced of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park in 1989.

 

2. 13th (Netflix)

How much do you know about the U.S prison boom? Once again filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States in the Academy Award-nominated documentary.

 

3. I Am Not Your Negro (Youtube or Amazon Prime)

Sometimes we need to look back, to see how we can move forward. This documentary is based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin and covers the history of racism in America, focusing on the stories of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

4. Dear White People (Netflix)

We could all use some comic relief these days while educating ourselves, of course. This comedy-drama series on Netflix follows a group of black college students at an Ivy League (predominately white) college. The series covers plenty of racial topics young African-Americans face including cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism, and slippery politics.

 

5. If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu

It’s the story we’ve seen play out in our society time and time again. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the 2018 drama focuses on a young black man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and a young back couple fighting for justice and the American dream.

 

Bonus: Just Mercy

Michael B. Jordan’s film follows the real-life story of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who fought to clear Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), wrongfully convicted of murder and placed on death row.

Warner Bros. announced it will be free on all digital streaming platforms during the month of June to teach people about systemic racism. 

 

 


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