We’ve known it was coming, but today finally gave us our first official glimpse of Kate Kane within her own series. CW’s Batwoman trailer has finally landed, showcasing Ruby Rose in the role of Gotham’s newest savior after Batman goes absent.
The story of Ruby Rose’s Batwoman began back in July 2018 when The CW ordered the series knowing that the character would soon be featured within the network’s Elseworlds crossover event. Just a few weeks later Ruby Rose was awarded the role, with The CW greenlighting a pilot early this year after presumably liking what they saw from the production team.
The CW’s take on the character reads “Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
You get a sense of this exact through line while watching this first Batwoman trailer. Kate is the daughter of Jacob Kane, a former military colonel that leads a private security firm known as the Crows.
Someone in the trailer notes that “Batman gave up on us. The Bat’s not coming back.” Thus opening a void for the Crows to fill in keeping the city safe. One of their members, Meagan Tandy’s Sophie Moore gets abducted. Moore has a romantic relationship with Kate, thus thrusting the pre-Batwoman Kane out on a rescue mission.
Things don’t end well for Kate. But she’s got a trick up her sleeves as she’s aware that her cousin, Bruce Wayne, has some secrets that may help. She arrives at Wayne Manor and finds her way down to the Batcave. Despite the best efforts of Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox, Lucius’s son.
“You’re seriously not supposed to go down there,” Luke says. “So I have this thing with rules…” Kate replies as she takes the elevator down. She finds what she was looking for in Batman’s secret hideout. And though we don’t see it, she likely gets Fox to amend the Batsuit to fit her instead.
Once in the suit, she begins kicking ass and taking names. And in the first Batwoman trailer it’s Rachel Skarsten as Alice, The leader of the Wonderland Gang, who gets put on notice.
As the Batwoman trailer winds down, the character is see high above on a building as a little girl looks up and shouts “Look, it’s Batman!” Kane then says to someone in another scene, “They think I’m him. I’m not about to let a man take credit for a woman’s work.” And thus, the dramatic change in costume that we finally see at the end of the trailer.
It’s too early to surmise what to expect from the new CW series from just trailer. We’ll get a formal introduction when Batwoman hits the network on Sundays this fall. To tide you over, here’s a First Look Clip that The CW also provided.