The Red Wig Debuts On Next Week’s Batwoman

by Erik Amaya

Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) is pretty committed to this costumed vigilante thing now, but it is important for her to distinguish herself from Batman — a topic Luke (Camrus Johnson) kept bringing up this week. And as this preview for next week’s episode of Batwoman reveals, the borrowed batsuit will be getting an upgrade to reflect more of Kate’s own persona. The red bat symbol and the red wig finally arrive, but will they be enough to tell Gotham City that someone else is crusading in town?

And at this point, I have to admit that the wig looks weird. It is great and dynamic in the comics — particularly when J.H. Williams III was drawing the character — but it doesn’t quite translate to the a live action situation. Then again, the all-black suit Kate used in the first episodes feels incomplete without the wig. Hopefully, it will evolve as the season continues and reaches a point where it feels like a natural part of the costume. Also, it could be used to reflect Kate’s growing confidence as Batwoman.
At the moment, though, everything is about Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who is the most dynamic and interesting character on the show. Skarsten is wonderful to watch and the show’s decision to reveal hero and villain to one another makes for a very different energy. It’s something I hope the program focuses on in lieu of another thuddy love interest (in the tradition of all Arrowverse first seasons) and even the tension between Kate and her father.
With Alice and Kate, you get Kate’s wish to save her while Alice is motivated by her sense of abandonment and whatever else happened in the 15 years since the crash. Also, with the implication that Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis) was behind it makes for something compelling.
At the same time, it would be nice if Mary (Nicole Kang) and Sophie (Meagan Tandy) were already in on the Batwoman secret. The only person worth keeping it from is Jacob (Dougray Scott). Hopefully, we’ll get to that point sooner than later.
Batwoman airs Sundays on The CW

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