‘Batwoman’ will be set before the character (played by Ruby Rose) made her debut in last year’s ‘Elseworlds’ crossover. In fact, according to the trailer for the pilot episode, Kate Kane goes into battle the first time wearing a modified version of her cousin Bruce Wayne’s Batman armor. As such, she is wearing a full-head cowl, not the flared domino mask she is best known for wearing in the comics, leaving her long red hair (wig) flowing.
At the TCA press tour, producer Caroline Dries explained (Via Heroic Hollywood):
“That’s gonna come up in Episode 3, when she really embraces her role as Batwoman. She puts on that suit — as we can see in the pilot — because she’s trying to scare her enemy. She’s not necessarily trying to become Batwoman; she’s just trying to disguise her identity and be a fearful opponent to her nemesis…It’s an origin story, so it’s a gradual realization to ‘Oh, actually I’m gonna keep my own identity.’”
And, as is the case with the other superhero shows out there, it looks as though Kate will be spending most of her time not in her secret identity, only donning the suit a couple of times per episode for the climactic moments.
As Rose said:
“It’s the character. I think that Kate Kane made a decision that she wanted people to recognize that if there’s a bat in the sky, they weren’t gonna confuse that bat with Batman. That’s her changing that identity so people don’t think that. I don’t think they have wind in the comics, so it’s not as troublesome to Batwoman as it is to me on a rooftop.”
You can check out new photos from the pilot episode below. Also featured are the supporting cast: Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Dougray Scott as Kate’s father Colonel Jacob Kane, Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox, and Rachel Skarsten as the villain Alice.
In addition to the still images from the pilot, The CW has released these publicity stills of the cast. In addition to Rose, Tandy, Scott, Johnson, and Skarsten, the cast includes Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton, Kate’s step-sister, and Elizabeth Anweis as Mary’s mother and Kate’s stepmother Catherine Hamilton-Kane.
Check them out below:
Looks for ‘Batwoman’ when it swings into The CW’s fall season on Sunday, October 6 at 8 pm ET, on The CW!