On the heels of the network ordering Batwoman to series, The CW has released a full trailer for the Ruby Rose-starring superhero show. The three-minute promo is accompanied by three new promo images, as well as a detailed description for the series, including backstory for the lead characters and what is likely a summary of the pilot. Check out the trailer below:
A few pieces of pertinent information from the trailer/description:
- Batman—and Bruce Wayne—have been missing from Gotham for three years.
- With Gotham overrun with crime, a private security force headed by Kate’s father, Jacob (played by Dougray Scott), and bankrolled by Kate’s stepmother (Elizabeth Anweis) have taken over protection of the city.
- Unlike Kate’s initial comics appearances, she and her father are not working together on the CW series. Instead Kate is supported by her stepsister (Nicole Kang), and by Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Lucius Fox. In the comics Luke is also the superhero Batwing.
- The modified Batsuit that Kate wears in the trailer is very similar to the suit worn by a mysterious new Batwoman in the 2003 direct-to-video animated Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman movie.
- The big bad of the first season, Alice (Rachel Skarsten), heads a group called the Alice in Wonderland Gang. In the comics The Wonderland Gang was led by The Mad Hatter, and featured other Carroll-themed characters like March Harriet and Tweedledum & Tweedledee. The gang was created by Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen during their run on Detective Comics, just prior to “Batman RIP” and Batwoman taking over the title. It’s unclear if the gang on the CW show will share any similarities with the similarly-named gang of the comics.
Among the images released along with the trailer is new key art featuring Rose’s Batwoman, as well as two images from the pilot. The key art also reveals that Batwoman will be airing on Sundays. The CW currently has Supergirl and Charmed on Sunday nights, but pairing Supergirl with Batwoman could make for a pretty fun World’s Finest Sunday.
Check out the images, as well as the full series description, below. Batwoman debuts on The CW this fall.
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose) never planned to be Gotham’s new vigilante. Three years after Batman mysteriously disappeared, Gotham is a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department was overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Enter Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and his military-grade Crows Private Security, which now protects the city with omnipresent firepower and militia. Years before, Jacob’s first wife and daughter were killed in the crossfire of Gotham crime. He sent his only surviving daughter, Kate Kane, away from Gotham for her safety. After a dishonorable discharge from military school and years of brutal survival training, Kate returns home when the Alice in Wonderland gang targets her father and his security firm, by kidnapping his best Crow officer Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy). Although remarried to wealthy socialite Catherine Hamilton-Kane (Elizabeth Anweis), who bankrolls the Crows, Jacob is still struggling with the family he lost, while keeping Kate –– the daughter he still has –– at a distance. But Kate is a woman who’s done asking for permission. In order to help her family and her city, she’ll have to become the one thing her father loathes –– a dark knight vigilante. With the help of her compassionate stepsister, Mary (Nicole Kang), and the crafty Luke Fox (Camrus Johnson), the son of Wayne Enterprises’ tech guru Lucius Fox, Kate Kane continues the legacy of her missing cousin, Bruce Wayne, as Batwoman. Still holding a flame for her ex-girlfriend, Sophie, Kate uses everything in her power to combat the dark machinations of the psychotic Alice (Rachel Skarsten), who’s always somewhere slipping between sane and insane. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate soars through the shadowed streets of Gotham as Batwoman. But don’t call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, she must first overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Based on the characters from DC, BATWOMAN is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”), Caroline Dries (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Smallville”), Geoff Johns (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Titans”) and Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl”). David Nutter (“Game of Thrones,” “The Flash,” “Arrow”) and Marcos Siega (“The Vampire Diaries,” “You”) executive produced the pilot.
Joe Grunenwald is a writer and editor living in the Pacific Northwest. He’s taller than a lot of people but not as tall as some people.