WARNING: MINOR SPOILERS FOR THE UPCOMING PILOT EPISODE OF THE CW’S BATWOMAN
During the Elseworlds Arrowverse crossover last winter we got our first look at Kate Kane aka Batwoman played by Ruby Rose. Then a few weeks later we learned that the series that goes by the same name had received a pilot order and a few months later then picked up for a full season. Today during San Diego Comic-Con‘s preview night, Warner Bros. treated attendees to the world premiere of Batwoman.
This series takes place three years after the disappearance of Batman from Gotham City. We find Kane in a different part of the world training to hopefully become a Crow, which is a member of her father’s, Jacob Kane played by Dougray Scott, private security firm that is brought into Gotham City to supposedly protect them better than Batman ever did. But that security did not last long as they were attacked by the Wonderland Gang lead by Alice, played by Rachel Skarsten.
During this attack, Sophie Moore, played by Meagan Tandy is kidnapped by Alice and her goons. This leads to Mary Hamilton, played by Nicole Kang, to contact Kate Kane as her and Moore have history together. Her investigation leads her to break into Wayne Towers, which is being kept secure by Luke Fox, played by Camrus Johnson. It is here where she discovers the Batcave and her cousin’s secret identity. For the rest of the first episode be sure to tune into the CW this October because there are quite a few other surprises.
I enjoyed the episode for the simple fact of being something different than what we have seen on The CW so far. But I do have an issue with the pilot episode, I feel that her journey from Crow trainee to full on vigilante was too quick. With how important this character is said to be, this journey by Kane needed to simmer a little bit. I think besides her old fling being in trouble, there should have been a little more motivation to her character for wanting to wear the cape and cowl. I also found it very convenient that she had just discovered all what Jack Nicholson’s Joker would have called “wonderful toys” in the Batcave and have become some proficient at using them so quick.
As far as the choice of a villain, Alice and her Wonderland Gang seems to be right at the correct level for her to fight with as they don’t seem that they would pose a real threat that one of the trinity wouldn’t be able to handle on their own. I also really enjoyed Johnson as Fox, who I hope we can see grow a little and hopefully one day see his comic book alter ego Batwing. So besides it overall feeling a little rushed, I thought it was an overall decent show and I look forward to watching more episodes this fall.
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The CW’s Batwoman will debut October 6th, 2019.