Batwoman, Gotham City’s New Hero. 

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HBO brings us the first season of Batwoman, the dark and fascinating heroine of DC Comics. Batwoman is portrayed by Ruby Rose who will travel the streets of Gotham City to fight evil in Batman's absence, but also to fight her own personal demons.

Kate Kane is back in Gotham. She arrives burdened by the trauma of her lousy relationship with her father and the loss of her mother and sister, who died in an accident when she was a child; a tragedy Batman was involved in and she feels guilty about. 

This makes Kate as complex as her cousin Bruce Wayne, who has been missing from the city for quite some time, as well as Batman himself.

Before arriving in Gotham, Kate was in intense training in distant lands and was expelled from her military academy for having a relationship with her fellow student, Sophie Moore, played by Meagan Tandy.

Soon Kate discovers that her cousin was Batman; triggering a wave of fascination and hatred which caused her to delve into the secrets of the mysterious vigilante to the point of becoming a cloaked and masked night heroine herself.

In this thrilling series we are also introduced to Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), son of Lucius Fox who was in charge of Wayne Enterprises and played by Morgan Freeman in Christopher Nolan's trilogy: Batman Begins (2005), The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2018). 

There will also be a blurred line between good and evil. Kate's own father, Colonel Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) is the creator of Crows Security; a security company with close paramilitary ties and responsible for ending crime in Gotham City.

They are confronted by a mysterious female character known as Alice (Rachel Skarsten), a dangerous criminal who prides in excessive violence. This character becomes very important to Kate as the past will bring them together and also condemn them.

 

Batwoman and the Arrowverse

Batwoman made her first appearance in the well known DC Comics magazine in the mid-1950s. Since then, she has been circling around the comic book world without an arrow of her own. After years of disappearance, the character reemerged in 2009 in her own magazine as Gotham's new guardian.

In 2010, DC Comics completed the relaunch of “The New 52,” consisting of a revamped version for a new generation. It was there that Batwoman got her new look and storyline. 

With this figure, Batwoman also enters the Arrowverse; remaining as the new guardian of Gotham City after the disappearance of Batman and as an important LGBTQ+ figure within the comic book universe.

Batwoman’s emergence as an important LGBTQ+ figure is ironic since Batwoman was originally created with the purpose of establishing an affair with Batman. In the 1950s many critics of Batman made comments about homosexuality (because of his closeness to Robin) causing editors to be censored. During this time, “Seduction of the Innocent” was published; written by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham who maintained that comics corrupted the youth and therefore influencing public opinion regarding the comic book genre. 

It should be noted that the Arrowverse is a media franchise (including television) and a multiverse that mixes plots, scenarios, and characters from DC comics. The franchise began with Arrow, whose main character is Green Arrow; hence the name Arrowverse. The series includes The Flash, Vixen, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Black Lightning alongside the Batwoman.

Ruby Rose plays the nocturnal heroine

Australian actress, model, DJ and TV presenter Ruby Rose embodies the nighttime heroine, Batwoman. Rose is openly gay and very athletic.  Viewers have seen her in action films such as John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) alongside Keanu Reaves. Ruby Rose, without a doubt, is ready to take on her new role as Batwoman. 

Coming April 17: Batwoman - available on HBO and HBO GO.   

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