Even though Ruby Rose making her debut as Batwoman in the highly anticipated “Elseworlds” crossover is just days away, that doesn’t mean we and other lovers of the Arrowverse aren’t already looking ahead and pondering what her prospective solo TV show might entail.
Of course, a series order hinges on how well Gotham City’s new protector is received by viewers – not to mention a lot rides on the pilot not being terrible. But considering how pretty much any DC show on The CW does well in their respective debuts, you could say this is most likely in the bag.
So, with filming reportedly being slated for April of 2019, the casting department is going to need to surround Kate Kane with rich characters in order to make this thing work. And to the surprise of none, much inspiration is being taken from the comics.
As usual, character breakdowns have codenames applied to them, but these are among the most transparent I’ve ever seen. Luckily, That Hashtag Show applied their knowledge and blew the lid off them when breaking the story, but like I said, Batwoman devotees wouldn’t have had to strain themselves otherwise.
First up is “Joseph,” who’s no doubt Jacob Kane, someone we could describe as being Kate’s “Alfred” of sorts. Whether or not he winds up evolving into being a villain just as he did in James Tynion IV’s recent run on Detective Comics remains to be seen, though we’ll just have to accept him as the lead’s father for the time being.
A Caucasian male in his late 40s to mid-50s. Joseph is described as a former high ranking military Colonel, who instead of grieving the terrible loss of his wife and one of his daughters, formed his own army in order to make sure no one else has to ever go through the tragedy he had to experience. Joseph also leads a private security and logistics firm in Gotham City, called “The Crows.” He is both extremely tough, political as well as emotionless, but has one weakness in his life that makes him soften up…and that is his other daughter who he constantly tries to push away.
Next, we have “Alexa,” whom anyone reading this will connect to Kate’s sister, Alice. Originally thought dead in a childhood tragedy, she went on to be the antithesis of her sibling in the seminal Batwoman: Elegy, and makes for one fine choice for this series’ first big bad.
A 27-year old Caucasian who is Batwoman’s greatest enemy, basically her own personal Joker. Alexa is a woman who has experienced a tremendous amount of trauma in her more sensitive years. That has in turn caused Alexa to divorce herself from reality by living in a fantastical world where she is the star. Attached to Victorian attire, Alexa is a charming lunatic who manages to go from being psychotic to caring easily, which is why her unreliable behavior is a dangerous weapon in itself.
Unless the next gal up undergoes a last minute name change, then expect for “Sloane” to be Renee Montoya, lover of Kate Kane. Sure, a different iteration may be appearing in the upcoming Birds of Prey movie, but this isn’t a character we’d see WB declaring off limits for their TV division.
A Latina in her late 20s/early 30s. Brought up in a tight-knit family, Sloane is both feisty, charming and has incredible fighting abilities, with soldier experiences, as she is one of the best agents for the Crows and always goes by the book. But Sloane is hiding a deep secret from her husband which is that once upon a time, she was in love with Kate Kane.
Truth be told, the next guy we’re going to discuss excites me most. Why? Because “Landon” definitely has to be Luke Fox AKA Batwing. Hey, don’t tell me you wouldn’t want to see him kicking butt on the streets of Gotham.
An African-American male in his early 20s who is devoted to Batman. Landon comes from an imperative legacy that has serviced the Caped Crusader with engineered gadgets. With Wayne Enterprises now abandoned, Landon is the one keeping it secure. While he is brilliant with tech, his social skills aren’t exactly the strongest as he goes out of his way to not make friends, after being betrayed by Gotham’s bureaucracy. With the Dark Knight missing, Landon soon begins to understand Gotham City’s demand for a new hero.
If any of these breakdowns have the slightest bit of opacity, it’s the one circulating for “Meredith.” Still, none should be shocked if she winds up being Bette Kane AKA Flamebird.
A woman in her early 20s, a role that is open for any ethnicity, with preference to Asian or Latin actresses. She is described as carrying a lovely and heavy demeanor, which makes it easy to view her as an air-headed amateur. Although she is considered talky, she is deeply compassionate toward those the city has forgotten, with her compassion only surpassed by her own intelligence. Like Kate Kane, Meredith will have a secret life of her own in Gotham City.
Finally, there’s Meredith’s mom, “Charlotte”:
A woman in her late 40s to mid-50s who is the mother of Meredith, hence the same casting preferences is part of this role. Charlotte, a knowledgeable, fashionable, and motivated woman, comes from wealth built from an empire of dealing arms, but she uses this money with the intent on making Gotham a more secure and safe place due to the aid of her husband’s paramilitary business. Despite the fact that it is damaging Charlotte’s relationship with her daughter, she continues to pull the strings of Gotham City’s elite.
Tell us, which of these characters are you most excited to meet once Batwoman premieres? Are you with me on Batwing? Or are you a Flamebird fan? Sound off in the usual place below!