Last night brought some big news on The Batman front. Roughly around the same time, a Batwoman full-length trailer dropped. That is some nice symmetry, right there. You might remember two week ago we brought you a short teaser for the show, to go along with the full series order. This one is decidedly more different. For one, you actually get to see some of the show, as opposed to just a momentary rooftop pose. Take a look.
To go along with that rather extended trailer, we have an equally elongated official synopsis:
“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.”
You can now skip the premiere and just tune in for episode 2. Joking aside, there’s a lot of info there. Honestly, it’s kind of refreshing that they’re getting it all out there, now. Also refreshing is the look of the series. Not to harp too much other CW shows (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl), but this one appears to have an extra layer of polish to it. Call it years of refining their craft or a large budget, either way, it pays off. As for everything else? Well, that remains to be seen. Any wonkiness here could be attributed to the fact that Berlanti shows need a couple episodes to get going.
What did you think of the trailer? Are you sufficiently excited to see a Bat-family show that gets to the vigilante side of things, right away? Does Ruby Rose’s involvement damper how you feel about the show or does that not matter to you? How long do you think it takes before they provide an answer, as to where Bruce Wayne exactly is? Be sure to share your thoughts down in the comments. The nice thing is, we now know when to expect the series to hit airwaves. At TV upfronts this week, The CW announced Batwoman will air on Sunday nights, before Supergirl. Allowing it to stand on its own, rather than the lead-in of another established show. It also shows a fair deal of confidence on the part of the network. Hopefully it pays off.