Batwoman is an American superhero television series developed by Caroline Dries. It is based on the DC Comics character Batwoman and shares continuity with the other television series in the Arrowverse.
Three years after billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter ego Batman disappeared, his cousin Kate Kane sets out to overcome her demons and become a symbol of hope by protecting the streets of Gotham City as Batwoman.
Why It Sucks
- The show takes itself WAY too seriously. Now, Batman IS a (mostly) serious character who keeps himself to fight crime and not kill, but this show is extremely serious without moments of levity, which can turn audiences away due to how bleak it is.
- It's stated that before the events of the show, Batman killed the Joker 5 years ago, which caused him to leave Gotham City. This is a disgrace to Batman fans as it completely neglects the dynamic relationship between the two and robs them as well.
- It doesn't feel like a Batman show after all, and it's just more like it's made for teenage edgelords than mature audiences. It's likely the creators of this show never wanted a Batman show of their own, and it shows.
- For some reason, the cast that is new to the show, didn't have any acting classes, resulting in dry and unconvincing acting.
- This is nothing against amateur actors, who can be great in other productions (see Redeeming features).
- The acting often ranges from abysmal to weak to emotionless to poorly structured.
- Moments in the show that make little-to-no sense like:
- Batwoman constantly letting Alice go despite killing so many people.
- Batman having lethal weapons in the Batcave.
- Luke letting Kate come into Wayne Enterprises despite not knowing her etc., which rehashes several storylines from the previous Arrowverse shows.
- The CGI is lazy, awful and ugly to look at (specifically the creatures tasked by the Anti-Monitor), especially for an era where CGI is at its best (so far.).
- The sound effects are annoying to hear.
- The pacing is way too slow and boring.
- The show takes the time to constantly mock Batman, even go as far as to have Kate say she's better than him, despite being so incompetent.
- They even have Lucius Fox, who is Bruce Wayne's business manager, killed off, making that a waste of potential, especially given Bruce's butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and police commissioner Jim Gordon doesn't even appear in the show which makes Lucius the closest related character to Batman.
- The ninth episode, "Crisis on Infinite Earths, Part Two", has Kevin Conroy play as an Earth-90 counterpart Bruce Wayne, since he was the voice actor of Bruce Wayne/Batman in "Batman: The Animated Series", only to be revealed this Batman broke his rule on killing when his universe's Kate Kane died and tried to kill the other universe's Kate and Supergirl.
- In that, Kate and Supergirl killed him off, effectively wasting all of Kevin Conroy's time and talent. And of course, you don't even see him wear his own Batsuit.
- Misandry: All men are portrayed as either weak, evil, or incompetent.
- Really baffling and dumb moments that make no sense, like Batwoman being able to stop a subway train with a cable attached to a motorcycle, a vehicle that, in reality, should've broken apart when that happened.
- The Wayne Enterprise journal plotline is just pointless, given Alice wants to kill Batwoman and nothing else. She even discovers Kryptonite in the Wayne Enterprise journal, an object that is Superman's weakness and thus has no relevance to a BATMAN related show.
- It uses victim complex, that is a throwaway point which is always used in Arrowverse shows.
- The characters in this show aren't even likeable and are treated like cliched stereotypes same as the other Arrowverse shows:
- Kate Kane is an unlikeable protagonist due to how incompetent she is. She is quite arrogant, annoying, and selfish, even becoming a killer when she choked August Cartwright to death for chopping her mother's head and ruining her life. This not only completely goes against the main rule of Batman and related Bat-family superheroes that don't kill anyone, but this also makes her the villain.
- Mary Hamilton is just another supporting Chinese or Asian character but is a rehash of Alex Danvers, Kara's adopted sister. She is mostly forgettable.
- Ryan Wilder is another example of this weird rule that females have to have male names, victim complex, and a homeless criminal who takes the mantle of Batwoman after Kate Kane's disappearance.
- Poor grasp of the source material, showing the writers didn't care about faithfulness nor continuity:
- Kate Kane's origin is changed into being in a car accident rather than being separated from her sister at the hands of a group of terrorists kidnapping her as a child like in the comics.
- Alice's origin is drastically changed with her being adopted by the Cartwright family instead of being kidnapped by gunmen.
- Kate Kane's father, Jacob is a selfish parent who thinks Batwoman is wanted. Since, in the comics, he did know of her daughter's vigilante identity.
- In the comics, Tommy Elliot was a child whose father died in a car accident since Bruce Wayne's father, Thomas, a surgeon, didn't save his father. But in the show, it's changed that he was in a car accident after Bruce Wayne's parents were killed years ago. So, Batman didn't saved his father when Kate Kane was a little girl, but didn't. Thus Tommy grew to hate Batman for "anchoring" him to his mother who was left injured, too.
- Wasted a bunch of decently-known Batman villains, like Magpie, Nocturna, Duela Dent, Black Mask, Victor Zsasz, and especially Hush, whose turn to villainy was rushed along with being scarred.
- Just like Supergirl and, Stargirl, to some degree, there is forced SJW and Third Wave Feminism pandering, showcasing Warner Bros, DC Comics. and the CW's Arrowverse at its worst.
- Instead of taking the hint and just canceling the show, or even recasting Batwoman/Kate Kane with a new actress (which did happen in March 21, 2021), the producers instead decided to change both the lead actress and the lead character into a black woman with no comic counterpart. Having the title role swapped out so quickly gives viewers even less reason to care about the show and the tone.
- The soundtrack is rather forgettable.
- It has background music that are generic and annoying even in TV standards.
- The cinematography from the Arrowverse shows is sub-par and downright bland even in TV standards. Even relying too much on awkward closeup shots of the actors' faces.
- As of season 2, Ryan Wilder becomes Kate's replacement as Batwoman and doesn't have any reason why, but now is a Mary Sue. Of course, Luke Fox did became Batman in the Future State event, making him a better african american version of him than Ryan.
- Every episode features tons of padding and filler.
- The fight between Ryan/Batwoman and Alice at the end of episode 7 from season 2, rips off Ellie sparing Abby and lets her go in The Last Of Us Part 2.
- Just like Reverse-Flash, Malcolm Merlyn, Lex Luthor, with his mother, Lilian, Grodd, and Damien Darhk, Alice is completely underused in 2 seasons and gets a lot of screentime.
- The Batsuit looks good.
- Some of the action scenes are decent.
- Some lesser-known Batman-related characters appear.
- Despite being generic, Alice is a decent villainess along with Mouse, her partner, and Rachel Skarsten clearly has fun with the acting.
- Christina Wolfe was well cast as Julia Pennyworth, Alfred Pennyworth's daughter; she's not an A-lister, but this is a good way to raise her profile with her British accent.
- Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane and Camrus Johnson as Lucius Fox seem like an exception to the general misandry of the show.
- Bruce Wayne was finally cast for the Arrowverse and revealed what he looked like in person in the last episode, although it's a disguise used by Hush.
- Luke Fox, Lucius Fox's son, was a decent supporting character, who is also another Bat-related superhero, Batwing.
- Bevin Bru as Angelique Martin gets wider exposure through being in DC; she's a good up-and-coming actress. Although the acting being weak was mentioned above, this can be forgiven as she's not had many high-profile roles since starting out in 2012 aged 21; this is her first major role and she does well with what she has to work with.
Despite being well received from critics, it was often been panned by Batman fans alike for it's decision for using Batwoman as the first Batman-related show set in the Arrowverse.