Monday, January 18, 2021

Another look at: Batwoman (2021)

 There was much hand-wringing and cringing when it was announced that Ruby Rose would not return to Batwoman for the series' 2nd season. Things were made worse when showrunner Caroline Dries decided not recast the role of Kate Kane (Rose), and opted to introduce a new character to fill the Bat-suit, red wig included.

So they came up with Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie, fresh from God Friended Me, another Greg Berlanti series that ended its run last spring), an African American homeless lesbian. Ryan was introduced to DC readers in the series finale of Batgirl just a couple of months ago in a short cameo, to justify Dries' decision. What that said was that publisher Jim Lee signed off on the deal. Now, it was up to Leslie to make Dries look like a genius.

So far, well, so good, to an extent.

Let's look at the trailer from the CW first, before we continue:

Tommy Elliott, aka Hush (Warren Christie), was just introduced at the end of season 1, and, I suspect, fans are going to have issues over how he was handled in last night's opener. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) is taking the supposed death of her sister in an unexpected way. Then again, sometimes grief does have people looking for liquid solutions, if you know what I mean.

Some folks were speculating that Ryan, because of the flashbacks, might actually be someone else. Specifically, Tiffany Fox, long-lost sister of Luke (Camrus Johnson). Since Luke's older brother, Tim, has resurfaced in the pages of DC Comics after 40 years away (more on that another time), this might make some semblance of sense, but we'll see where it goes.

Right now, I'm on the fence. We'll withhold our rating until later in the season.

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