“Who should play Renee Montoya on Batwoman?” That is certainly a good Question… and in a way, we got the answer six years ago.
Deadline is reporting that Victoria Cartagena, who played Renee Montoya on the FOX series Gotham, is playing the iconic DC Comics character again… this time on Batwoman! This isn’t the exact same take on the character and there isn’t a direct line to Gotham aside from the same actor playing the character.
Victoria Cartagena will be a new series regular for Batwoman Season 3. Here’s how Montoya is described:
Montoya is a former GCPD officer who left the force when she could no longer stomach the corruption inside the department. She now runs the “freaks division,” which hasn’t seen a lot of action… until now. Righteous and pragmatic, and LGBTQ+, she’s a woman with a very personal (and mysterious) mission to help clean the streets of Gotham in the right way, by whatever means necessary.
Sadly, Cartagena’s original run as Renee Montoya was cut a little bit short — she and her partner Crispus Allen, also a character from the acclaimed Gotham Central comic books, were initially credited series regular characters on the FOX Gotham series, but disappeared by the end of the first season. Hopefully the second time will be the charm for this one. Since Renee is such a major and important character in DC lore, we’re thinking it’s going to work out quite well this time.
Batwoman Season 3 premieres this Fall on The CW.