Batwoman series will feature a "serious Batman villain"

Megan Davies
Photo credit: The CW

From Digital Spy

We already know that one Batman character will be appearing in The CW's Batwoman series, but now the new show's boss has gone one further and teased the arrival of a classic Batman villain too.

Batwoman is set to be an origin story, following Bruce Wayne's cousin Kate Kane (Orange is the New Black star Ruby Rose) as she takes up her superhero mantle and helps to protect Gotham City in Bruce's absence.

But although the Caped Crusader isn't in Gotham anymore, it sounds like someone didn't give his villains the memo.

"In episode 3, we have a pretty serious Batman villain show up thinking, 'I'm going to f**king kill Batman'," showrunner Caroline Dries teased in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

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And while she didn't give any more details about who that villain could possibly be, she at least ruled out the possibility that Batman himself – or any other superhero, come to think of it – will appear any time soon by teasing that Batwoman is "the only caped crusader in town".

"We'll have bad guys show up wearing their own versions of disguises, but in terms of costumed good guys or bad guys, it's just Kate in hers," she added.

"It's very tempting to jump to what the other shows are doing now because that's the world we're living in. But I keep going back to what was Arrow season 1? [We’re aiming for a] back to basics of a girl kind of discovering the awesomeness of this Batsuit, all of this Bat tech that she has access to, and just keeping it simple."

And of course, in amongst all the action and the fight scenes, Kate Kane is the Arrowverse's first LGBTQ+ superhero, and Caroline teased that she's loved writing the "romantic elements" of the show.

"For Kate, a big part of her identity is her personal life, obviously, and what she's doing when she's not Batwoman," the showrunner explained.

"One of the things she's going to figure out pretty early on is, 'Oh, I now see why there was no Mrs Wayne'. It's because it was very hard to be the hero of Gotham and have a love life. So her personal life will have its due time on screen, and she's trying to grapple with how do I be Kate and also be Batwoman."

For her own part, series star Ruby Rose added that this character has a "completely different feel" for her than any job she's done before.

"I wake up and I feel a lot of gratitude and excitement for what's going to come in the day ahead," Ruby continued.

"I feel like up until now I haven't really been given the opportunity to play a character that has these dynamics of such severe trauma and such heartbreak and betrayal and loss. She's heavy. She has a really heavy heart for a lot of very valid reasons.

"When I put that suit on, everything kind of changes and you feel a shift in your energy."

Batwoman will air on The CW in the US. UK broadcast details are yet to be announced.

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