When Caroline Dries was tasked with inserting Kate Kane into the “Arrowverse” the challenge of setting in motion this landmark DC Comics heroine in life-action was ambitious indeed. Kate Kane, the Batwoman (first introduced into comics canon in 2006’s 52 #11) became an instinct sensation as one of the few openly gay characters in comics, and immediately resonated with readers. With Ruby Rose, herself an actor that publicly identified with the LGBTQ+ community, it made for a very authentic journey and established for many the importance of having a costumed heroine that many felt inclusively represented them.
Keeping in step, Ryan Wilder also identifies as LGBTQ+ and although her agenda is at the point of her introduction lacking in the romantic entanglements that Kate Kane found herself in, Sophie Moore (played by Meagan Tandy) will likely find herself curious about who this “new” Dark Knight is, especially after learning the truth about Kate’s dual identity. And while Alice (Skarsten) may feel that her best days are ahead with Kate missing in action, she will soon find that Wilder’s Batwoman is also on the hunt to bring her to justice, but with Gotham’s underworld starting to feel emboldened, will Ryan be able to work up the nerve to take on the worst of what’s coming?
One of the best scenes in the Season 2 opener, is Ryan’s first outing in the Bat-suit. Tracking down a pair of Gotham City underlings in a dark alley, the ingenue hero decides to test the suit’s abilities and to her elation discovers that she’s bulletproof! Over the course of this new season, we’ll soon see if Leslie will herself prove as equally resilient.
Batwoman is off to a very interesting start and is perfectly suiting up as a lead primetime contender with Leslie in the pilot’s seat. Ryan Wilder’s journey will be an engaging one to take especially given the importance of telling stories that are more in line with our diversifying times. It’s been unfortunately reported that a series of planned crossovers with Supergirl and its spin-off Superman & Lois will have to be put on hold given the constraints of shooting in the climate of COVID, and with Black Lightning entering into its final season as well, it is unlikely that we’ll see Batwoman team-up with that series’ star ensemble.
Batwoman | Season 2 | starring Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, and Dougray Scott
S02 E01 | “What Happened to Kate Kane?” is written by Caroline Dries and directed by Holly Dale | premieres Sunday, January 17 on The CW.