It feels like it was only yesterday that we were given our first look at the CW’s newest DC Comics’ show, “Batwoman”. In case you’ve got your Bat-history mixed up, “Batwoman” is the superhero alter-ego of the wealthy socialite known as Katherine “Kate” Kane. Although she’s been around for decades, it’s only recently that the character has enjoyed an unprecedented amount of popularity among both comic book fans and the general public.
We’re now more than halfway through the second season of Batwoman, but in that time, a lot has been renewed in the series, both in front of and behind the camera. Shortly after the final episode of the first season aired, it was announced that the show’s star, Ruby Rose, would be leaving the show and that a brand new character would replace Kate Kane. After twelve episodes with new character, fan favorite Ryan Wilder (Javitia Leslie), The CW bragged and announced that Kate would finally return to the show – but in a different role. Krypton alum Wallis Day has confirmed that she will be playing an adapted version of Kate in the second season, and now we have our first look at what that means. Spoilers for Batwoman Season 2 Episode 12 – Initiate Self-Destruction – below! Look if you want to know!
At the beginning of tonight’s episode, fans were shown Kate Kane’s version, which you can watch below. In the opening scene, Roman Zionis/Black Mask (Peter Outerbridge) places the mask of his own daughter Circe Zionis on Kate’s face. With the help of Enigma’s (Laura Mennell) brainwashing, Kate was forced to forget all memories of who she was and take on Circe’s identity and memories.
Later, Circe, armed with a white cape and two knives, goes to the docks and tracks down Batwoman and Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who are trying to rescue Angelica (Bevin Bru) and Ocean (Nathan Owens). Kate becomes embroiled in an epic battle with Batwoman and Alice, nearly killing Alice in the process. In the final scene of the episode, Alice is captured by Sionis and Circe, who decide they have a reason to keep her alive.
Day’s choice to play the new Kate Kane was no doubt long overdue, after she became a favourite for the role following Rose’s departure last year. And after the announcement of Kate’s return to her new role, it looks like we’re finally going to see what that means.
Then we sat down and decided on the second season: Look, we’re not gonna kill Kate Kane. We don’t want this character to disappear, explained program director Caroline Dries in a recent interview. We analyzed the options and this seemed like the most organic way to tell this story in the space we had to launch the second season. In the end, we thought: What is the middle of our season? It’s probably around episode 8 or 9. Let’s make that discovery here. And the way we revealed it was very specific: In the first half of the season, the Bat Team and everyone who was close to Kate is looking for her, and they eventually find out that she’s dead, and now they can close the book on Kate and mourn, but a big secret is revealed to viewers that she’s still alive, and that sets these two parallel stories in motion that transition into the second half of our season, where the Bat Team is reunited without Kate and Kate goes through her mysterious journey that will take place over the course of the season.
I don’t think it’s fast at all, Dries. I mean, we’ve seen eight long episodes, so again, this is the middle of our season for me, so it was a natural place to introduce it. I understand that viewers feel a little jaded because they don’t understand how we’re going to bring back a modified version of Kate Kane, but for us, we just had to rely on the plot and we knew it: We can keep watching the characters and their central motivations until it gets old and boring, so we decided that eight episodes was a good length.
Batwoman airs Sundays at 9:20 p.m. on The CW.
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