It seems Batwoman’s antagonists will be close to home.
Deadline reports Elizabeth Anweis has joined the cast of The CW’s Batwoman pilot as Catherine Hamilton-Kane, Kate Kane’s (Ruby Rose) stepmother. Based on the character created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen and further refined by Rucka, J.H. Williams and W. Haden Blackman, the potential series centers on Kate, a woman “armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind.” Though a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence,” she is not quite a hero yet because “in a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.”
Catherine, meanwhile, is described as savvy security contractor who considers Batwoman’s activities as bad for business. It definitely sounds like the two will be on opposing ends of the conflict; perhaps Catherine will be Kate’s ultimate big bad.
The pilot also stars Dougray Scott as Kate’s father Jacob, Birds of Prey‘s Rachel Skarsten as Alice, a villain who may have some connections to both Kate and Jacob; Camrus Johnson Luke Fox, the son of Lucius Fox and the person keeping the lights on in Wayne Tower; Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, a private security agent with a soft spot for Batwoman’s civilian identity; and Nicole Kang as Kate’s half-sister Mary Hamilton, a social media influencer on the rise with a passion for helping Gotham’s underprivileged.
Production on the pilot is expected to begin soon.