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Spoilers below for the Batwoman series premiere, so be sure to watch before reading on!
Arrow-verse viewers are certainly accustomed to jaw-dropping plot twists going down on a weekly basis, and newest entry Batwoman ended its very first episode with a shocker straight from the comics. The series follows the still-recovering Ruby Rose as Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne's who happens to hate Batman for the role he played, or didn't play, in her twin sister Beth's presumed death. In due time, Rachel Skarsten's fairy-tale-esque Alice arrives to immediately cement herself as Batwoman's nemesis. (But don't call her a Joker wannabe.)
At first, one might have thought that Alice's focus on Batwoman also came from a distinct dislike of Batman, but it was a lot more personal than that. By the end of the episode, it was revealed that "Alice" was just a persona being draped across the character's true identity, that of Beth Kane, who hadn't actually died like Kate thought.
Star Rachel Skarsten spoke with CinemaBlend at the Television Critics Association's 2019 summer press tour, and when I expressed my shock that Batwoman dropped such a large bomb in its premiere episode, here's what she told me:
Kate and Alice's upcoming relationship doesn't sound like a sibling rivalry so much as Alice being the kind of person that just likes to torture other brothers and sisters in the worst ways, and without the most concrete motivations. But while Alice proved in Batwoman's series premiere that she has little trouble murdering people, she might not be angling so hard to stop the blood coursing through Kate's veins, considering they share DNA.
Hypothetically, the opposite holds true for Kate Kane's Batwoman, although even beyond the sisterly element, it's likely because she generally doesn't want to build up a large body count. The Bat-family isn't very big on solving problems by making corpses, related or unrelated.
As Rachel Skarsten put it, dropping the sister twist so early in the season, rather than building it up for a while, allows the show to quickly ramp up the stakes while still setting up the storytelling. No one should expect Batwoman to put on the brakes anytime soon. Here's what the actress teased about what's coming up from showrunner Caroline Dries:
Batwoman fans knew that Alice and her Wonderland gang wouldn't be the only key villains in Season 1. It was only recently when the CW drama revealed the first look at Gabriel Mann's Tommy Elliot, who will go on to become the iconic Batman foe Hush. (Though Tommy Elliot did appear in Gotham, Batwoman will specifically mark Hush's first live-action appearance.) As well, the quirky thief Magpie, to be played by Rachel Matthews, was also revealed.
For Rachel Skarsten, this side of the storytelling is something that she truly loves about Batwoman's comic book source material. She appreciates that Batman villains are more than just one-dimensional threats, saying this:
If The Joker got the wacky reveal one day that he was actually Bruce Wayne's twin brother this entire time, that would completely shake up their relationship in unimaginable ways, so it will be very interesting to see how Alice attempts to break Kate apart during the rest of the season, and possibly beyond. Never underestimate the power of a pissed-off sister.
Batwoman airs every Sunday night on The CW at 8:00 p.m. ET, followed by all new episodes of Supergirl Season 5. Even though it already started, Batwoman will take part in her second crossover episode for the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover.