Tonight (January 17) after a long wait, we finally get the return of Batwoman the TV series… but a new Batwoman is under the cowl, Ryan Wilder as played by Javicia Leslie!
It is surely a challenge to retool a show after one season, but Caroline Dries’ script for the season premiere manages to make it work as she sets up the new dynamics of the series in the wake of… whatever happened to Kate Kane. I was a bit concerned when I heard Ruby Rose was going to leave the show; thinking “how could they do it when everyone is tied to her?” But in a way, that’s exactly what works here, and fantastic performances by all of the supporting cast drive that home. There’s also the matter of Tommy Elliott pretending to be Bruce Wayne, which, with Warren Christie playing him, gives us our first real look at what an Earth-Prime Batman might look like.
Another thing that works for this premiere, though, is Javicia Leslie herself, the actress chosen to play Ryan Wilder. While Kate Kane had plenty of challenges in her life, especially with the tumultuous last year in the real world, it is kind of nice to root for a hero who might not be part of the 1%. Ryan has her own motivations for what she does, and those are revealed quickly, but in a way… Ryan is an easier character to get behind? Additionally, Javicia plays Ryan with such enthusiasm, and every interview I’ve seen of her seems to show that off… she was a fantastic choice. I’m still going to miss Kate, of course, but I am confident that the show got a very good replacement.
The season premiere airs at 8PM ET/PT on The CW and you can find a gallery of photos and a description for “What Happened To Kate Kane?” below. Also, feel free to swing by our Batwoman forum to talk about the show!
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN – Kate’s friends and family hold on to hope that Kate may still be found, a homeless 25-year-old named Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) stumbles upon Kate’s Batsuit. Focused on no longer being a victim, Ryan takes the suit to use as armor and goes rogue in the streets of Gotham, taking out various members of a new gang called the False Face Society. Meanwhile, both Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) launch searches for Kate, Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang) grapples with losing yet another family member, Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy) struggles with things left unsaid to her first love, and Alice (Rachel Skarsten) is furious that someone got to Kate before she could exact her revenge. At the same time, “Bruce Wayne” (guest star Warren Christie) returns under the pretense of searching for Kate, but the truth is he wants his suit back and it becomes the clash of imposters as “Batwoman” and “Bruce” square off in the action-packed season premiere. Holly Dale directed the episode written by Caroline Dries (#201). Original airdate 1/17/2021. Every episode of BATWOMAN will be available to stream on The CW App and CWTV.com the day after broadcast for free and without a subscription, log-in or authentication required.