“Batwoman”: Alice Isn’t Giving Kate Many Options… [PREVIEW]

With the Greg Berlanti-produced, Ruby Rose-starrer Batwoman officially set to join The CW‘s DCU line-up of The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (with Arrow ending its run in 2019-2020 with an abbreviated eighth season) and teaming with Supergirl on Sunday nights beginning October 6, fans having been waiting feverishly for the series to arrive.

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Batwoman — “Pilot” — Image Number: BWN101b_0528.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Rachel Skarsten as Alice and Ruby Rose as Kate Kane — Photo: Kimberley French/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

The CW is doing its part to remind viewers that the wait’s more than worth it – following up on some casting news earlier this week with a new preview that focuses on Lewis Carroll–inspired “big bad” Alice (Rachel Skarsten) and Gotham’s newest “dark knight,” Kate Kane aka Batwoman (Rose). As you’re about to see, Alice feels she has a “kindred spirit” in Kate – a shared “madness” that Alice plans to bring out in Gotham’s protector… or it’s “off with her head”:

Focusing on Batwoman’s “Joker,” Alice is the leader of her Wonderland Gang – and someone who finds the reports of a decidedly different Dark Knight curiouser and curiouser and curiouser and…

In this preview, Kate Kane realizes all too well that stories – like the people who tell them – aren’t always what they seem:

In this teaser, sometimes a “Tattoo” is just a tattoo – but other times? It’s a show of solidarity – and it looks like Kate has some friends by her side:

Kate Kane hard-charging through the shadowy streets of Gotham on the hunt for… something:

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Here’s What You Need to Know About CW’s ‘Batwoman’…

Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety.

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Batwoman — “Pilot” — Image Number: BWN101e_0193.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Ruby Rose as Kate Kane and Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox — Photo: Kimberley French/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance.

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But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman.

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Batwoman — “Pilot” — Image Number: BWN101f_0095.jpg — Pictured: Ruby Rose as Kate Kane — Photo: Elizabeth Morris/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.

Here’s what we know about our new cast of characters:

● Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott): A former military colonel with a chip on his shoulder for Batman, Jacob Kane now commands Gotham’s private security firm The Crows, and has made it his mission to protect his city better than the Dark Knight ever could. But it’s only a matter of time before his unwavering disdain for vigilantes puts him at odds with Gotham’s new caped crusader…who also happens to be his own daughter.

● Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis): Kate Kane’s step-mother. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position her as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

● Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy): After graduating from military academy, Sophie rose through the ranks to become a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return.

Batwoman — Image Number: BWN_KeyArt.jpg — Pictured: Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman — Photo: JSquared Photography/The CW — © 2019 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

● Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson): A Dark Knight loyalist and son of Wayne’s R&D director Lucius Fox, Luke works to keep Wayne Tower secure in his boss’s absence. While Luke considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero.

● Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang): Excitable, talkative, and an influencer-in-the-making, Mary is Kate Kane’s step-sister and polar opposite. But what Mary lacks in a filter, she makes up for with her compassion for Gotham’s underserved communities, proving she has more in common with Kate than she thinks.

● Alice (Rachel Skarsten): If Batwoman had a Joker, it would be Alice, the leader of her Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang. Swinging unpredictably between maniacal and charming, Alice has made it her mission to undermine Gotham’s sense of security.

● Mouse (Sam Littlefield): Alice’s Wonderland Gang needs some members – a slippery way to start.

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In our previous look at Rose’s Kate Kane, we met someone who isn’t too happy with the status quo in Gotham City. So maybe it’s time for a little change…

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Based on the characters from DC, Batwoman is from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville), Geoff Johns(Arrow, The Flash, Titans), and Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl). David Nutter (Game of Thrones, The Flash, Arrow) and Marcos Siega (The Vampire Diaries, You) executive produced the pilot.

About Ray Flook

Proudly serving as TV Editor, Ray started with Bleeding Cool in 2013 as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought aboard as staff in 2017. Counting John Cusack as his pop culture "spirit animal," his "word fu" stays strong as he continues trying really hard to be the sheppard...