SPOILER ALERT: Do not check out if you have not yet enjoyed the Season 2 premiere of “ Batwoman“
After the very first season of the CW’s “Batwoman” ended too soon due to the COVID-19 pandemic, showrunner Caroline Dries was left with one dangling piece of story she knew she needed to more instantly upon the 2nd season: the concept that the titular hero’s very match was not impenetrable by kryptonite, which was how Alice née Beth (Rachel Skarsten) prepared to take down her sister Kate (Ruby Rose).
Although Kate’s “Batwoman” journey ended in Season 1 when Rose left the series, Dries kept the kryptonite in play and unleashed it instantly upon Kate’s follower, Ryan Wilder ( Javicia Leslie). In the Season 2 premiere, Kate Kane’s plane crashed and, although she was no place to be discovered, her Batsuit was lying amongst the wreckage.
Unbeknownst to Ryan, who took the match to try to play hero on her own, Alice assisted Tommy Elliot aka Hush modification his face to perfectly resemble Bruce Wayne aka Batman. He showed up at the Batcave, feigning concern over his missing out on cousin, and ended up pursuing Ryan once she placed on and activated the suit. It was Tommy who shot her with the kryptonite.
” I wanted to keep the guideline that if you show a gun in Act 1, you need to have it go off by Act 3. I wanted to ensure it remained pertinent in Season 2,” Dries informs Variety
Having actually Ryan get shot with kryptonite at the end of the Season 2 premiere keeps it as the “weapon” the story for the new season, as the effects of what it does to her, embedded in her chest, will play out in the episodes to come.
“It’s one of Ryan’s tricks for the beginning part of this season.
However, the kryptonite is weakening her in numerous ways, which will likely impact some of the decisions she makes as time goes on.
Leslie shares that Ryan “does not understand, at all, what is occurring to her” when it comes to the impacts of the kryptonite. “Total it’s going to be something that will change her due to the fact that she’s going to make choices. It’s literally going to be her back against the wall making choices due to the fact that of it and it’s going to be a big part of her advancement, whether excellent or bad. That part is just going to be based off of whether you concur with her decisions.”
Ryan comes to the Bat-team trying to find justice (or revenge, once again depending on point of view) versus Alice and her gang who eliminated Ryan’s adoptive mom. “You can be the strongest individual on the planet as a superhero, however when it comes to the past and a grudge and someone taking your mother’s life and you feeling the need to seek revenge, that can be more effective than anything else in this world,” states Leslie. “So that becomes a substantial part of this– to walk away from revenge to seek what’s right is hard. But technically the vengeance is what seems right: Alice is an enemy. It doesn’t feel like vengeance is going against somebody who doesn’t should have going to prison.”
Finding a method to personally tie Alice and Ryan was “the greatest imaginative head-scratcher entering into the season,” Dries admits, however it was necessary to keep Alice more strongly in the main story while she is “mainly focused on the aftermath of Kate’s aircraft blowing up and who did it, why and how does she get her revenge?”
Thematically there are parallels in between Ryan and Alice’s story in Season 2, Dries admits: “They’re both going through this individual journey of having the ability to forgive themselves and look outside their anger and past; they both find they’re anchored to their previous and they require to move forward.” When it comes to plot, she states they are not “100%lined up.”
” We put Alice through the gambit this season. She goes through an emotional reckoning, as we saw in the best, and goes from entirely spiraling and rudderless to really focused to incredibly mentally clashed. We will satisfy someone else this season to pull the vulnerability out of her, but she’s so focused on her drive that she isn’t necessarily noticing it,” she previews.
On The Other Hand, Ryan is “out to prove herself” to her brand-new group, the city of Gotham and herself, Dries states, while likewise offering a brand-new point of view on how she sees Batwoman’s position within the city.
On one hand, Dries discusses, there is a “sense of happiness and aspirational joy” to Ryan discovering all of the innovation at her disposal. “We didn’t do that with Kate Kane due to the fact that she’s a billionaire and it’s not as outstanding, I would state. Her cousin was Batman, so it was less of an, ‘Oh my God, I’m a kid on Christmas early morning’ but for Ryan, she brings that [excitement] into her takedowns when she’s combating bad guys. There’s a sense of fun to it that makes Ryan extremely human and relatable.”
On a much deeper level, however, Ryan’s past experience with the Crows and the Gotham City Authorities Department provides her, and the group by extension, new “insight and awareness of the method and psychology of the criminal side of everything.”
Ryan was unjustly put behind bars for a year-and-a-half in her backstory, and because of that experience she does not rely on the Crows. The 2nd season of “Batwoman,” for that reason, will “pull back the layers on not just the Crows, but [also] the GCPD too and all of these organizations that exist in Gotham,” Dries exposes.
” The Black Lives Matter motion took place during the writers’ room hiatus but I had currently been breaking the story in my mind, and with the discussion in the authors’ room it became so apparent we currently have an authoritarian institution in the Crows developed into the program, so we resembled, ‘How can we make this represent the real world?’ And naturally a Black hero is going to have a viewpoint on police, so we chose to lean into it to be truthful,” Dries continues.
While there will be a variety of external hazards to Ryan as Batwoman over the course of the season, the show is likewise handling some heavy internal conflict over her wearing the suit for a variety of characters. Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott), for example, learned his child Kate was Batwoman only after she was gone, and from Alice of all individuals. He is “attempting to hold it together,” Dries states, he is experiencing a version of deja vu from when his other daughter was missing years previously. “He’s trying to make different choices this time, but he’s likewise finding his own imperfections and he’ll strike rock bottom prior to there’s light at the end of the tunnel.”
Bat-team members Luke (Camrus Johnson) and Mary (Nicole Kang) will struggle with the symbolism of a brand-new Batwoman, Dries states: “It needs them to say that Kate isn’t Batwoman and it needs them to say that Kate is not returning. Therefore it becomes this existential concern in their relationship and among them is more ready to think that Kate is alive than the other, and that becomes a point of contention within the group.”
And Ryan herself starts to understand that some people within the city see Batwoman as the exact same as the law enforcement groups that have actually been failing them.
” At the end of the day, it’s not for us to do what’s been done to us; it’s about letting the law do what it’s supposed to do, and Batwoman does not eliminate, and that’s what Ryan has to keep reminding herself of,” Leslie states.
” Batwoman” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. on the CW.