Note: If you have Roku, add the CW app to your television to watch from Episode 1. The non-forwardable commercial breaks aren’t too long, unlike the endlessly long and frequent commercial breaks I suffer through with Direct TV’s on-demand episodes.
An unknown woman is underwater in handcuffs, the lake surface is frozen save for the hole she was dropped into. There’s an immediate tension of whether she’ll live and why she’s suffered this fate.
A female voiceover begins as we see images of life in Gotham, three years after the Batman vanished. The reason for Batman’s disappearance is a mystery.
The set up, of a city without its protector, is reminiscent of The Watchmen.
Or of the death of Superman.
The idea of a television series on Batwoman seemed hard to imagine working if you were thinking of the campy Batgirl appearances on the 1960s classic Batman and Robin tv show.
However, Batgirl was Barbara Gordon, the police commissioner’s daughter. In the graphic novels during the late 1980s, Batgirl was paralyzed and became Oracle, the wheelchair bound leader of Birds of Prey.
Batwoman is not Batgirl. Back in the Golden Age of Comics, she was the love interest of Batman but was so hated by the fans she was removed from the storyline. (Source)
So who is the reimagined Batwoman in the tv series? She’s Kate Kane, cousin of Bruce Wayne, a fighter who returns to Gotham to save a friend who’s been kidnapped.
I expected better special effects and action than storytelling and acting, but I was pleasantly surprised. It was a fairly complex storyline for a superhero pilot. And there were several unexpected twists in the last ten minutes.
Will Batwoman fall into the formulaic and extremely dark approach that the Gotham series took?
It’s too early to tell, but I’m intrigued enough to keep on watching.