Batwoman: “Pilot” – Review

Batwoman premieres October 6th on The CW.

By Katlyn Jacot

This is how you make an entrance.

There’s so much to say about Batwoman’s pilot episode, but one thing’s for sure. You hit the ground running and don’t stop as the whiplash of heartache, determination, and strength propel you through the home of the original bat-caped hero. Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) is officially on our radar and we are hooked on her badassness.

In Kate’s grand debut, she comes home to Gotham, ready to join her father’s security force, The Crows, and help him and others protect Gotham. Since Batman left three years ago, the city has had to move on. Old memories haunt Kate and her father and when a new, mysterious villain strikes, Kate moves to not only protect the city but protect an old flame. In doing so, she discovers this new villain, testing Gotham’s limits without Batman, may be connected to her in ways she didn’t expect. We got a taste of Batwoman during the yearly Arrowverse crossover, giving this caped crusader the epic entrance she deserves. At this point, we’re no stranger to the female superhero and we’re more than happy that we have more to add to the ranks of Arrowverse.

This show is fueled by the turmoil of a great hero: desperation to make their home/the world a better place, but isn’t that how it usually goes? We also give kudos to the demented villains as they give us a deeper sense of unhinged instability. Which, if we’re honest with ourselves, Gotham has always been known for. This pilot didn’t shy away from that either, not that we’re going to give the best parts away.

It’s no wonder why Ruby Rose was chosen to take up the mantle. Bold, striking and unapologetic, she holds all of the daring qualities we love in a hero, even passionate rebellion that causes the occasional trouble. Those who work alongside her like her stepsister, Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang), former partner, Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy), and new acquaintance Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson) and even those who challenge her like Kate’s father Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) fuel not only Kate’s resilience, but also gives life to who she is meant to become; a great hero of Gotham. Even though the shadow of Batman lingers over this city, Batwoman, in her debut, her origin, proves that he is not the only protector of it.

You always hope for a pilot to be as driven and entertaining as this with passion and power fueling the storytelling and leaving you yearning for more. This one did just that, setting Gotham up for a dark and twisted story only the city of Gotham can deliver. This is definitely an epic in the making and you don’t want to miss it.

I give Batwoman’s pilot an A-.