Skip to comments.How Batwoman Fit Into The CW's DC Comics World in 'Elseworlds'
Posted on 12/11/2018 9:01:20 AM PST by Simon Green
Batwoman has finally arrived on The CW. Ruby Rose's iconic lesbian superhero officially made her debut during Monday's Arrow, part two of The CW's three-part superhero crossover "Elseworlds."
With Earth-1 impacted by a magical book that altered reality, Monday's Arrow installment of The CW's big "Elseworlds" superhero crossover found The Flashs Barry (Grant Gustin), Arrows Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Supergirls Kara (Melissa Benoist) in Gotham to try and get to the bottom of things. Unfortunately for the heroes, a mugging (and their inability to stand down) landed the trio in jail, where they were bailed out by a mysterious figure Kate Kane (Orange Is the New Black grad Rose), aka Batwoman.
"Our goal was trying to create a set-up, story-wise, where we could meet her, be intrigued by her, introduce Gotham a little bit ... and then have people wondering, 'What is this world shes part of?' Caroline Dries, who is developing The CW's Batwoman standalone series, told reporters. "We just realized the best story for that would be if our guys went to Gotham and she helped out with their story and then shooed them away. So we knew who the character was going into it the question for us was how to make her sort of mysterious.
Of course, the group didnt go away, and instead went to Arkham Asylum to try and track down Dr. John Deegan (Jeremy Davies), who started the reality-skewing mayhem. But Deegan wasnt willing to go down without a fight and released the criminally insane villains who were being housed at the infamous hospital.
With the heroes in trouble (again), Kane, as Batwoman, stepped in to save the day. It was a bit of a blow to Oliver, who spent much of the hour insisting that Gotham having its own hero was an urban legend. (Arrow had previously established Olivers Green Arrow as the first vigilante; "Elseworlds" allowed that Batman existed in the same universe.)
However, Bruce Wayne's current whereabouts remains a mystery, as he disappeared from Gotham three years earlier. In his absence, Kate his cousin has been picking up the pieces.
The familial connection gave Kate an extra tie to Kara, who has her own experience with a famous cousin who is prone to going MIA. And thanks to Karas X-ray vision, she (privately) told Batwoman she knew she was really Kate. (Kate, similarly, knew Kara was Supergirl.)
"It was important for us to humanize Kate in a way that made her relatable to the other characters in the Arrow-verse, even though we were creating an enigmatic character, Dries said. We wanted an in to her. In our minds, Kara obviously has a cousin [and shes] sort of in his [Superman's] shadow. Her story was getting out of his shadow, and thats exactly Kates story. And so it was important for us to find a moment for them to bond It felt like the right moment, the right move.
Although Gothams inhabitants are some of the best-known comic-based characters, it was important to find the right woman to step into Kates shoes. "Ruby has a really strong, silent presence, Dries said. Her look is so powerful that you dont want to take her eyes off of her. She brings so much to the plate, we realized, with just standing there and absorbing what the other guys are talking about.
One of my favorite moments was when they show up at Wayne Enterprises and theyre all kind of bickering about Batman and shes just standing there waiting for them to figure out this stuff, she continued. So that was a fun surprise.
If Batwoman goes to series, it will also mark an important milestone: Rose will be the first LGBTQ lead in a live-action superhero series. (The character description for Kate also notes shes an out lesbian, though the Arrow hour of the crossover didn't dive into her romantic life.) Its awesome, Dries said. It seems like it should have happened already, but here we are. Were pumped [and] very blessed.
The Elseworlds crossover concludes Tuesday on The CW.
Batwoman needs a Bat Diet...................
Did Hollywood Reporter do away with their comment section?
“iconic lesbian superhero”
Uh huh......everybody gotta have an agenda. None for me thanks.
Original batwoman was about 1956, but they eliminated her with Crisis on Infinite Earths in the 80s.
The reintroduction has her as a Jewish Lesbian. It’s been overemphasized to the detriment of the character.
In this case, since 2006.
Yeah, a bit chunky, too much lipstick, and reminds me of weird leather stuff.
That was essentially the end of my comic book buying back in the early 1970s, when DC went social awareness, rather than sticking with the traditional "good" winning out over traditional "bad".
The last CW series I watched was a Summer replacement that last year that didn't get renewed, Hooten and the Lady.
And the first two or three seasons of iZombie.
I’m a batwoman trapped in a man’s body/Costanza
We refuse to pump this perverted, PC, SJW, LGBT garbage into our home. The character is specifically designed to corrupt your childeren.
It’s intentional, and specifically designed to corrupt your childeren, and groom them for these perverts.
Lesbian bats..uh ok.
Because promoting faggotry is the be-all and end-all of the modern entertainment industry.
I’m not the only one that thought that . . .
On another note, I never bought ‘Batgirl’. Batman was created in a confluence of rage, revenge, genius, and riches.
Batgirl? Where’s any of that? To me, it was just ‘the body’. Need a sexy version of Batman to flirt and be ultimately rescued, or to have Batgirl rescue Batman, ‘cause Robin is gay after all.
I can’t think of a single female born out of something intense enough to justify a legitimate superhero legend.
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