The much anticipated season 2 of the CW’s Batwoman premiered Sunday evening with the debut of the show’s new star and lead, Javicia Leslie.
Leslie plays Ryan Walker, a unemployed, homeless, struggling martial artist and ex convict with a desire to overcome the odds and avenge her Mother’s killer. A killer who just happens to be Alice (Rachel Skarsten) and her gang.
A sure fire recipe for Gotham’s newest and first African American super hero, who stumbles upon Kate Kane’s (formerly played by Ruby Rose) Batsuit in the wreckage of her plane.
Leslie’s performance was impressive and believable, with clearly a good season ahead of her. But the worst part of the season 2 premier was in the first instance; the easy and quick defeat of Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann), masquerading as the Dark Knight himself, Bruce Wayne. It might have been well worthwhile to see what additional mayhem Tommy could have caused for both Gotham as well as the new Batwoman.
Secondly, was the introduction of the legendary Batmobile, which was nothing more than a supped up black muscle car, and looked more like it should have been in a Fast and Furious movie rather than driving out of the Batcave.
The third disturbing point was the fact that Tommy Elliot was hellbent on finding Batwoman and retrieving the Batsuit from her. It seems that it was the one and only Batsuit in the whole Arrowverse, without which Tommy Elliot could not become Batman; something that might have been very cool to see.
Regardless, Bruce Wayne has been Batman for years and it is very hard to believe that in the entire Batcave, there was not a “spare” Batsuit lying around!?
Other than these three issues however, Javicia Leslie did indeed give a convincing performance and promises to be a compelling Batwoman, full of Bat-Potential.
By the same token, Gabriel Mann gave a promising and convincing look at what we know Bruce Wayne looks like in the Arrowverse, so the first question to be asked is; will we see the Return of Bruce Wayne this season?
The next interesting occurrence in the season 2 premier was seeing the new Batwoman in her first costumed fight against two thugs who seemed to be members of the Joker and Scarecrow’s gang. Both criminals were exchanging some kind of hypodermic serum, which raises the next question; will we see either the Joker or Scarecrow make an appearance this season?
When Elliot disguised as Bruce Wayne goes into the Crow headquarters and encounters Julia Pennyworth (Christina Wolfe), who asks if he had “rung the Eagle,”. Julia was referring to the nickname given to Alfred Pennyworth and so might we see an appearance by Gotham’s most legendary butler?
While this seems unlikely as Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) has taken up the role of Alfred on the show, it would be a great way to perhaps help bring back Bruce Wayne or one of the Billionaire playboy’s other young wards into CW’s Batwoman series.
But of all the characters who were most affected by Kate Kane’s apparent death, it is Luke Fox who may very well take the leap from civilian to super hero, as it is no secret that his character becomes Batwing in the DC Comics universe. Who better to become the next hero in the CW series, as Luke Fox literally has the keys to the Bat-Kingdom.
He knows all of the Bat-Gadgets back and fourth and he would be the easiest character to take to the next level and has everything that an up and coming hero needs to become a hero! He feels a need to avenge his Dad Lucious Fox. He feels as if Kate’s death is his fault and he let Tommy Elliot have not only the Kryptonite Kate died over, but the keys to the Batcave. And now Luke has something to prove in a city with no Dark Knight and all because of him.
And lastly, it seems clear that one villainess will almost certainly be making an appearance; Safiyah; who seems to have taken credit for Batwoman’s killing. How else she will tie into the series and exactly what her connection is to Julia Pennyworth is will be fun to watch.
And last but not least, how could we leave out Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy), who other than Colonel Kane (Dougray Scott) may be most shaken by the former love of her life, Kate Kane’s loss. In reading a letter left to her in case of her demise, Kate reveals that she still loved her and that she was Batwoman, whom Sophie had a budding affair with.
Like most heroes, it is the untimely loss of someone dear to them that triggers them becoming a hero and seeking to avenge their death. Perhaps we may see Sophie take over for Walker from time to time, much like Julia did for Kate in the first season.
Only time will tell Bat-fans. So see you here same Bat-time next week!