Batwoman (TV series)

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Batwoman
Batwoman TV series logo.png
Genre
Based on
Developed byCaroline Dries
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes2 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)
CinematographyRobert McLachlan
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
Release
Original networkThe CW
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 5.1
Original releaseOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06) –
present (present)
Chronology
Related showsArrowverse
External links
Website

Batwoman is an American superhero television series developed by Caroline Dries and Greg Berlanti. It is based on the DC Comics character Batwoman, a costumed crime-fighter created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid, and Keith Giffen, and is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the universe. The series premiered on The CW on October 6, 2019 and is primarily filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Batwoman follows Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) overcoming her demons and past to become Gotham City's new symbol of hope as the vigilante Batwoman.

In May 2018, it was announced that Batwoman would appear in "Elseworlds", the Arrowverse series' 2018 crossover, with an announcement two months later that a series centered on the character was in development from Dries. Rose was cast in the title role in August of the same year. In January 2019, the series received a pilot order from the CW, to be considered for a series order in the 2019–20 television season. The show was picked up to series in May 2019.

Premise[edit]

Three years after billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter-ego Batman disappeared,[a] his cousin Kate Kane sets out to overcome her demons and become a symbol of hope by protecting the streets of Gotham City as Batwoman.[1][2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

  • Ruby Rose as Kate Kane / Batwoman: A highly trained street fighter and out lesbian who, armed with a fierce passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, dedicates herself to defending Gotham in Batman's absence.[2][3] Gracyn Shinyei portrays a younger Kate.
  • Rachel Skarsten as Beth Kane / Alice: Kate's presumed dead sister and the leader of the Wonderland Gang whose personality goes from maniacal to charming and back again as she sets out to erode Gotham's sense of security.[4] Ava Sleeth portrays a younger Beth.
  • Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore: A military academy graduate turned high-level Crows agent and Kate's estranged ex-girlfriend who serves as one of Gotham's protectors.[5]
  • Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton: Kate's stepsister and polar opposite and an influencer-in-the-making who makes it her mission to help the men and women living in Gotham's underserved communities.[5]
  • Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox: A staunch Dark Knight loyalist and the son of Lucius Fox who keeps Wayne Tower secure in Batman's absence but understands that Gotham needs a new hero.[5]
  • Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane: Kate's stepmother and one of Gotham's most powerful citizens who made her fortune as a defense contractor.[6]
  • Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane: Kate and Beth's father and a former military colonel who manages a private security agency in an attempt to protect Gotham better than Batman could.[7]

Recurring[edit]

Guest[edit]

  • Greyston Holt as Tyler: A Crows agent and Sophie's husband.
  • Chris Shields as Michael Akins: The Mayor of Gotham City.
  • Brendon Zub as Chuck Dodgson: A former Crows agent who serves as Alice's second-in-command.
  • Gabriel Mann as Thomas "Tommy" Elliot: A real estate mogul and friend of Bruce Wayne who harbors a dark chip on his shoulder that threatens Kate's secret identity.[11]
  • Rachel Matthews as Magpie: An extremely intelligent and deft jewel thief obsessed with shiny things who develops big plans for individuals that take their wealth for granted.[11]

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
U.S. viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"Marcos SiegaCaroline DriesOctober 6, 2019 (2019-10-06)T15.101541.86[12]
Three years after the mysterious disappearance of the Gotham City-based vigilante Batman, Mayor Michael Akins appoints Jacob Kane and his firm, Crows Security, to protect the city. At a gala to turn off the Bat-Signal, the enigmatic Alice and the Wonderland Gang kidnap Crows operative Sophie Moore, prompting Kane's stepdaughter Mary to call his biological daughter Kate. Kate returns to Gotham and, after learning Alice is targeting her father, sets out to locate her cousin, billionaire Bruce Wayne. She discovers, however, that Bruce and Batman are the same person. Donning her cousin's Batsuit, which Wayne Enterprises employee Luke Fox modifies to fit her, Kate rescues Sophie and prevents Alice from carrying out a bomb threat. The next day, as the news reports on what they believe to be Batman's return, Kate begins to suspect Alice is her sister Beth, who was presumed dead after a horrific car crash.
2"The Rabbit Hole"Marcos SiegaCaroline DriesOctober 13, 2019 (2019-10-13)T13.219521.45[13]
Kate's growing suspicions that Beth is Alice drive a wedge between her and Jacob, who firmly believes Beth is dead. While trying to get a knife stolen from Alice tested for DNA, she comes under attack from a group of thugs that manage to steal it back. Kate then asks Sophie to buy her time while she meets with Alice, who refuses to directly admit she is Beth but agrees to provide a DNA sample. Sophie tells Jacob where to find them, resulting in Alice being transported to Arkham Asylum. Alice then reveals she tasked her boyfriend, former Crows agent Dodgson, with killing Mary, prompting Kate to save her before rescuing Alice from a bomb intended to kill her. Kate's stepmother Catherine orders the thugs she tasked with stealing the knife to destroy it. After interrogating Dodgson, Kate finds a parcel containing a live bat and a note from Alice that implies she knows her identity.
3"Down Down Down"[14]Dermott DownsHolly Henderson & Don WhiteheadOctober 20, 2019 (2019-10-20)TBATBD
4"Who Are You?"[15]Holly DaleNancy Kiu & Denise HarkavyOctober 27, 2019 (2019-10-27)TBATBD
5"Mine Is a Long and a Sad Tale"[16]Carl SeatonJerry Shandy & Ebony GilbertNovember 3, 2019 (2019-11-03)TBATBD

The "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover episode will air on December 9, 2019.[17]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

In May 2018, The CW president Mark Pedowitz and Arrow lead Stephen Amell announced at The CW's upfront presentation that Batwoman would be introduced in the Arrowverse series' 2018 crossover, "Elseworlds", which aired in December 2018, fighting alongside the other Arrowverse heroes, with Gotham City also appearing.[18][19] In July 2018, it was reported that the CW was planning to develop a series around the character, to air in 2019 if picked up. The series, said to only be a "script-development deal", was written by Caroline Dries, who would also serve as an executive producer with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, and the character's co-creator Geoff Johns. The series would be produced by Berlanti Productions and Mad Ghost Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.[2] The following month, Pedowitz noted the pilot would be completed "for mid-season".[20]

In December 2018, Dries submitted a "strong" script for a potential pilot episode, according to Nellie Andreeva of Deadline Hollywood.[21] That led to the series receiving a pilot order from the CW the next month, to be considered for a series order in the 2019–20 television season.[22][21][23] As of April 2019, the series was considered "a lock" at The CW, and reportedly had a writing staff in place.[24] On May 7, 2019, The CW ordered the show to series.[25]

Casting[edit]

Casting for Kate Kane was expected to begin after the announcement of the intended series in May 2018,[26] with the intention of casting an out lesbian actress.[27] In August, Ruby Rose was cast as Kate Kane/Batwoman.[3] In late January 2019, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, and Nicole Kang were cast in the series regular roles as Sophie Moore, Luke Fox, and Mary Hamilton, respectively.[5] This was followed shortly by the casting of Rachel Skarsten as Alice,[4] Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane,[7] and Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane.[6] On August 21, 2019, Sam Littlefield was cast in a recurring role.[9] In July, Burt Ward was cast for the Batwoman part in the 2019 Arrowverse crossover "Crisis on Infinite Earths".[28] On October 4, 2019, Rachel Maddow and Sebastian Roché were cast in recurring capacities.[8][10]

The casting of Rose as Batwoman was met by backlash on social media and received intense criticism.[29][30] DC Comics, which owns the rights to the longtime comic book superheroine Batwoman, reintroduced the character in 2006 as a lesbian of Jewish descent. Some online reactions attacked Rose for not being Jewish, while the main focus of the criticism was the assertion that the fact she identifies as gender fluid made her "not gay enough."[30] Rose left Twitter and deactivated public commenting on her Instagram account following the backlash.[29]

Writing[edit]

The Batwoman origin story presented in the series is adapted from the Elegy comic book story arc.[31] The events predate Batwoman's appearance in "Elseworlds".[32]

Filming[edit]

Production on the pilot episode began on March 4 and concluded on March 25, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia.[33][34] Additional filming took place in Chicago, Illinois.[35] David Nutter had been chosen to serve as director and executive producer on the pilot in January 2019,[22] but by mid-February, left the project for personal reasons. Nutter remained an executive producer on the episode, with Marcos Siega replacing him as director and also serving as an executive producer.[7][6] Filming for the rest of the season began on July 4 and is scheduled to conclude on December 2, 2019.[36]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

The series debuted on October 6, 2019.[37]

Marketing[edit]

On May 16, 2019, The CW released the first official trailer for the series.[38] The trailer received a negative reaction on YouTube, with viewers accusing it of an overemphasis on feminism.[39][40][41][42] The trailer received 86,000 "likes" compared to 428,000 "dislikes" by August 22, 2019. Comic Book compared the backlash against a perceived agenda to that suffered by 2019's Captain Marvel and its actress Brie Larson.[39] Alex Dalbey of The Daily Dot noted how the trailer received a range of angry reactions, but nonetheless felt that criticism of the trailer's focus on the protagonist being a woman was valid, which she found to be "forced" and "hamfisted" via the dialogue and choice of song. Dalbey also wrote: "It's 2019; we have Wonder Woman, Black Widow, Supergirl, Jessica Jones, Spider-Gwen, Captain Marvel and more. Batwoman isn't even the first lesbian superhero on the CW, there's also Thunder in Black Lightning."[41] However, Jean Bentley of The Hollywood Reporter noted, "The character of Batwoman, aka Batman's cousin, Kate Kane, is the first lesbian superhero to headline her own series."[43]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" October 6, 2019 0.5/2 1.86[12] 0.3 0.99 0.8 2.85[44]
2 "The Rabbit Hole" October 13, 2019 0.3/1 1.45[13] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Critical response[edit]

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the series holds an approval rating of 70% based on 40 reviews, with an average rating of 6.42/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Though it needs more time to develop its own identity to truly soar, Batwoman's fun and stylish first season is a step in the right direction for representation and superhero shows alike."[45] On Metacritic, the series has a weighted average score of 60 out of 100 based on reviews from 15 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[46]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ It is stated by Kate Kane in the Elseworlds crossover that both Batman and Bruce Wayne have "gone missing."

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