CW’s new Batwoman series introduces a whole new status quo for Gotham City. The Batman is missing and no one knows if he’ll ever return. Fortunately, this cursed city has another protector: Batwoman. Played by Ruby Rose (Orange Is the New Black), Batwoman takes the stage as the newest addition to the network’s Arrowverse of DC shows.
Batwoman, real name Kate Kane, was first introduced in last year’s Elseworlds crossover event, where she was in the process of saving a city under siege from Gotham’s countless villains and thugs. The new series will pick up three years after Batman‘s disappearance but early in Kate’s transformation into the new Bat-themed vigilante. But just because Batman is nowhere to be found, that doesn’t mean his presence won’t be felt.
Revealed during the CW upfront today, a new still shows that certain memories and mementos of the Bat will be sprinkled throughout the series. Most notably the Batsuit, which can be found quietly hanging inside the Batcave in the picture above. While this is a suit we’ve never seen before on TV or in the movies, it does have some elements of things we’ve seen in the past.
The first thing you’ll notice is that the Batman of the Arrowverse prefers the black leather of past onscreen incarnations as opposed to the black and gray tights from the comics. No surprise there.
The Bat symbol on the chest looks closest to the one used by the DCEU Batman played by Ben Affleck but slightly thinner like the one worn by Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Trilogy. It’s a nice mix of both.
This Batman also prefers smaller ears on the cowl as opposed to the longer, pitchfork-like things featured in almost every Batman movie to date. The cowl most closely resembles the one typically depicted in the comics.
What’s going on with those gauntlets, though? These aren’t the traditional spiked gauntlets we associate with the Caped Crusader. They look more like heavily armored shields for his arms, perfect for blocking melee attack and bladed weapons — maybe even a bullet a la Michael Keaton.
As revealed by the first trailer, this Batsuit is eventually going to become the one Kate wears as Batwoman, modified by Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) to fit her. But Kate will first wear a helmeted version of the cowl before adding the iconic red hair to the look. We assume we’ll see the final version of the suit later in the season.
On the wall behind Kate and Luke are a few familiar toys, as well. There are batarangs, the grappling gun, what looks like smoke bombs, and some handy rope. There’s a very intense gun gadget that I don’t really recognize. Let me know in the comments if you know what it is!
Batwoman is very much Kate Kane’s show, a very fresh direction than what we’ve seen from Bat TV and movies in the past, but it’s good to know the series won’t ignore Bats completely.