While the DC comics character Batwoman is not quite as well know as Bargirl, she certainly has had an interesting history. The character first appeared in comic books back in 1956 as a love interest for Batman, but disappeared in 1964. The character didn’t make another appearance until 1977 when she was a “guest star” in a “Batman Family” comic book. Batwoman was later killed by the League of Assassins in a 1979 comic, but appeared as a Earth-2 version in other comic books. The character was brought back as Katherine “Kate” Kane in 2006 as a wealthy heiress and cousin of Bruce Wayne/Batman, and appeared in Gotham City after the disappearance of Batman in the 2005 event Infinite Crisis. Flash forward to 2019 and the character is starring in the new CW Network show “Batwoman.” The show is set three years after the disappearance of Wayne/Batman (similar to the comics) as Kane begins her quest to take up the mantle of her missing cousin. Actress Ruby Rose (“The Meg”) stars in the title role, and after viewing the first couple of episodes, fits comfortably in the bat-suit. The pilot episode is basically her origin story as it follows her attempt to join her father Jacob Kane’s (Dougray Scott) private security agency, know as the Crows, which has been formed to protect Gotham better than Batman could. Her attempts to join the agency don’t go as planned, and she attempts to find another path for her life. Kate visits her cousins office at Wayne Enterprises and discovers his secret identity much to the displeasure of Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Lucius Fox, who both help Bruce Wayne in the Wayne Tower. Fox is attempting to keep the Wayne Tower secure in the absence of his boss, and is not sure what to make of Wayne’s feisty cousin. After Kate realizes her cousin is Batman, she devises a plan to fight criminals on her own, and has Fox alter the Batman suit to fit her. While she is out on the roofs on Gotham’s skyscrapers one evening, she is mistaken for Batman after she rescues a person who has been placed in a compromising position by a new villain in Gotham know as Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who molds herself after the character in “Alice in Wonderland”, and harbors a secret of her own. Kate, in her bat-suit confronts Alice and the two have a knock down fight before the blossoming hero is able to turn Alice over to the police. The first two episodes not only cover Kate’s origin story and background, but also delve into her connection to Alice (not to be revealed here for those not in the know). The first two episodes only show Kate in her Batman style costume, as her famous look will be revealed late to distinguish her from her famous cousin. Supporting characters in the show include Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) as a Crow agent and ex of Kate, Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang), Kate’s step-sister, and Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), Kate’s stepmother and a powerful citizen of Gotham. While the pilot episode had its moments, there was nothing ground-breaking, as is the case with most origin stories, and was needed to introduce the character to those viewers who may only be familiar with Batgirl. Batwoman is definitely a unique and strong character, and has proven to be just as stubborn and single-minded as her cousin. Kate has teamed up with Batman in the world of comic books often, even though the two often clash over how to deal with the criminal underworld. The character actually made her first live-action appearance in the 2018 CW event “Elseworlds” which featured all the heroes from the network’s “Arrowverse” shows. One of the most exciting moments for the character was when she had an encounter with Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) during the multi-show event. Hopefully will be see this version of the “World’s Finest” again. Rose was an excellent choice to play Batwoman and proves she can hold her own with any of the other heroes in the CW Arrowverse, i.e. Green Arrow, Flash, etc. If you are a Batman fan, DC fan, or just a comic book fan in general, I suggest you give “Batwoman” a look, as the show is developing into a great addition to the CW lineup of superhero shows. Currently running on the CW Network and the CW App. (appropriate for 13+)
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