Batwoman is finally back! After cutting season 1 short by a few episodes due to the pandemic and a brief covid-related hiatus, season 2 is ready with a new hero, some new villains, and Gotham in mourning for a missing Kate Kane. Whatever the reason for Ruby Rose’s departure, new star Javicia Leslie is an exciting addition to the show who, as a bisexual Black actress playing a Black lesbian brings with her the possibility to broaden the definition of hero even further than Kate Kane already did.
Check out our thoughts on the latest episode here. What’s next? Batwoman continues next Sunday, April 18th with Season 2, Episode 11, titled “Arrive Alive.” Check out the promo…
And here’s the synopsis: “With Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) and The Crows each hot on the trail of the False Face Society, their efforts collide, and tension escalates. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) seeks out Enigma (guest star Laura Mennell), and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and Ryan find some common ground.“
OK, now onto the big news…
Batwoman Season 2 has recast Kate Kane! Krypton‘s Wallis Day will be taking over the role held by Ruby Rose in Season 1. While Javicia Leslie’s Ryan will very much remain the main character of this show, the second half of Season 2 will reveal where Kate has been and what we can expect from her character moving forward. According to Deadline, Day will play an “altered” version of Kate Kane.
Rachel Skarsten (Alice), Camrus Johnson (Luke Fox), Nicole Kang, (Mary Hamilton), Meagan Tandy (Sophie Moore) and Dougray Scott (Jake Kane) will all be returning to reprise their roles, as will Christina Wolf as Julia Pennyworth. Will Luke pick up the Batwing mantle? Will Mary rebuild her clinic and stay with Team Bat when it’s no longer her sister in the suit? With Kate out of the way, will Julia and Sophie make a real go of it? Only time will tell, and with such an explosive season finale, there are plenty of loose ends and cliffhangers for our characters.
Javicia Leslie joined Season 2 as new lead Ryan Wilder, following Ruby Rose’s departure at the end of season 1. Leslie has previously had roles on God Friended Me and The Family Business. Ryan Wilder is a brand new character who has since been introduced to the Batwoman comics.
During a virtual panel at this summer’s DC Fandome, Leslie talked about some of her inspiration for the role. “I’ve always truly admired Eartha Kitt, but I admire Eartha Kitt even outside of acting,” Leslie said. “I love her for her activism and the fact that she used her art for activism…and the power that she had as a woman.”
Other notable additions include Warren Christie as our faux Bruce Wayne and Shivaani Ghai playing the dangerous and terrifying Safiyah – more on her below. We got a glimpse of Warren Christie at the end of last season, but with Alice and Hush’s plan in motion, we’ll get to see him in action.
Batwoman Season 2 Release Date
The season 2 premiere, appropriately titled “Whatever Happened to Kate Kane?” aired on Sunday, January 17 at 8pm et/7pm ct.
Batwoman Season 2 Episodes
Click on the blue links below to read full reviews of already-aired episodes.
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 1: What Happened to Kate Kane?
While Kate’s friends and family hold on to hope that Kate may still be found, a homeless 25-year-old named Ryan Wilder stumbles upon Kate’s batsuit.
Original airdate: 1/17/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 2: Prior Criminal History
After her quick spin in the Batgear, Ryan Wilder is back to facing the daily challenges of life as herself; Alice has a new, devious plan to get the attention of both Gotham and Safiyah; Ryan comes face-to-face with Alice for the first time.
Original airdate: 1/24/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 3: Bat Girl Magic!
As Ryan continues to prove herself as Batwoman, she encounters the challenge of living a double life; Luke continues to have reservations about Ryan; Victor Szasz slashes his way through the city streets; Safiyah takes notice of Alice’s antics.
Original airdate: 1/31/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 4: Fair Skin, Blue Eyes
As Batwoman attempts to fight the proliferation of Snake Bite through Gotham, a random encounter forces her to revisit her painful past; Ryan Wilder is determined to ensure others like her don’t go unnoticed.
Original airdate: 2/14/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 5: Gore On Canvas
Batwoman is approached by Commander Kane and Agent Moore to boost an infamous work of art that reveals the way to Coryana — and Kate; Alice discovers that she may not remember everything about her time on Coryana.
Original airdate: 2/21/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 6: Do Not Resuscitate
As Ryan Wilder’s kryptonite wound grows more severe, it hinders Batwoman’s ability to protect Gotham; Alice’s reunion with a fellow Coryana inhabitant presents unexpected complications.
Original airdate: 2/28/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 7: It’s Best You Stop Digging
As Ryan’s condition worsens, she questions Batwoman’s “no killing” code when she realizes the opportunity to avenge her mother is slipping away; Tatiana fills in the gaps for Alice about her time on Coryana and her history with Ocean.
Original airdate: 3/14/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 8: Survived Much Worse
Batwoman’s abilities are tested like never before, while Alice’s search for Kate continues; Sophie and Jacob set their sights on Coryana; Luke and Mary contend with an unexpected guest.
Original airdate: 3/21/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 9: Rule #1
Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) confronts Gotham’s biggest foe, while new information forces those closest to Kate to make some difficult decisions. Ryan’s feelings for Angelique (guest star Bevin Bru) puts her partnership with Luke (Camrus Johnson) and Mary (Nicole Kang) at risk, while Alice (Rachel Skarsten) goes on a warped walk down memory lane.
Original airdate: 3/28/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 10: Time Off For Good Behavior
“As Batwoman focuses on taking down Black Mask, a new foe emerges, diverting the team’s attention to a distressing issue in Gotham; Jacob travels down a dangerous path.”
Original airdate: 4/11/21
Batwoman Season 2, Episode 11: Arrive Alive
“With Batwoman (Javicia Leslie) and The Crows each hot on the trail of the False Face Society, their efforts collide, and tension escalates. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) seeks out Enigma (guest star Laura Mennell), and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) and Ryan find some common ground.”
Original airdate: 4/18/21
Batwoman Season 2 Trailer
Check out the first trailer for Batwoman Season 2!
Batwoman Season 2 Synopsis
The CW released a pretty massive synopsis of the new season…
“In season two of BATWOMAN, when Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) first discovers Kate Kane’s Batsuit, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. A sassy, smart lesbian with a difficult past, Ryan sees the suit as her chance to finally be powerful and no longer a victim as she survives in the tough streets of the city.
While Ryan goes rogue in the shadows, Gotham grapples with their missing hero, believing Batwoman has fled the city after a public stand-off with Commander Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and the Crows. But Kate Kane’s disappearance hits hardest at home where Jacob, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), Mary (Nicole Kang) and even Alice (Rachel Skarsten) each struggle with the devastating news in their own way. Meanwhile, the False Face Society tightens its grip on Gotham, distributing a perilous new drug known as Snakebite, “Bruce Wayne” (Warren Christie) finds his way home to wreak havoc, Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai) surfaces with plans for revenge, and a new set of villains descends on the city.
It’s not long before Ryan realizes how much the symbol on the suit means to Gotham, launching her on a personal journey that takes her from fledgling substitute to confident caped crusader, from living in her van with her plant to chasing villains in the Batmobile. Ryan Wilder becomes a very different Batwoman than Kate Kane – her own Batwoman – but with the same understanding of what it means to be a hero.”
Batwoman has no shortage of villains headed into season 2. Fan favorite villain Alice is back with her Wonderland Gang, though who knows if Kate’s disappearance will be cause for celebration or a violent rage. Then there’s Tommy AKA Hush who, as of the season 1 finale, was wearing Brue Wayne’s face. The Crows, led by Jake Kane, have had an increasingly authoritarian grip on Gotham as they ruthlessly pursue Batwoman and trample on the rights of average citizens.
The most exciting, though, is the long-fabled Safiyah. One of Kate Kane’s most deadly and complicated villains in the comics, she and Kate were in a relationship during Kate’s year away from Gotham to train, but things went decidedly south. In season 1 there were hints as she exerted her influence from afar (likely her fictional Mediterranean island home of Coryana), sending henchmen like The Rifle from her criminal organization, The Many Arms of Death.
As the trailer and synopses hint at above, Ryan finds Kate Kane’s batsuit and falls into the role somewhat accidentally at first. However, like Kate did to her cousin Bruce Wayne’s suit before her, Ryan eventually makes some alterations, after a few episodes. As Leslie put it, “I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”