Article by Adam Poncharoensub
After the character debuted in last year’s Elseworlds, The CW has released a Batwoman trailer and image, and fast-tracked the series, starring Ruby Rose. Batwoman received the official order earlier this month. Last week, we finally got our first glimpses of the upcoming series.
First off, why not strengthen the connection between Batwoman and her famous cousin? We have now had our first look at Arrowverse’s Batman… sort of. Courtesy of EW, the photo shows Kate in the Batcave. Behind her, on full display is the Batsuit. Unfortunately, it’s fairly bland with only the cowl to help fully distinguish it. It’s likely one of the worst live-action Batsuits in recent history. However, I suppose there was really no need to put too much effort into a suit that won’t be used.
Take a look:
Then, the same day, CW unleashed the very first trailer for Batwoman. If you haven’t seen it, I think it’s best that you take a look at it before I provide my thoughts.
A female Bruce Wayne?
Personally, I don’t think it’s a bad trailer. The action is pretty decent and I’m really liking Rachel Skarsten as Alice. It feels like she’s a good mix of maniacal camp and sinister intent. The Internet, however, fully disagrees. The trailer makes a few hamfisted attempts at badass feminism, only to come off as contrived. There are just more subtle ways to do this without pandering. Unfortunately, as the movement to strengthen political correctness reached its peak, the backlash has become even stronger, to the point where sexism is suddenly trending again. It’s a little troubling, but that’s not the point of this article.
While The Flash‘s first season was amazing, it seems Batwoman may need some time to find its legs. I hope it gets its time, but based on the reaction, I’m not so sure.
Take a look at the synopsis below:
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety.
After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante.
With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
What did you think of the Batwoman trailer? will you be watching?
Batwoman will air on Sundays at 8PM this Fall on the CW.