The Complete First Season review by Bobby Blakey
“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post. The opinions I share are my own.
DC Comics and The CW have crafted a pretty impressive universe originally referred to at the Arrowverse named after the show that kicked it off Arrow that wrapped up this season. With shows like The Flash, Black Lightning, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow it seemed they were unstoppable. To further prove it they used a crossover event to introduce fans to the latest edition Batwoman played by Ruby Rose before spinning into her own series. Now the complete first season of the first character of the Batman Universe to be introduced is coming home.
Batwoman follows Kate Kane, armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, who soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city's criminal resurgence. But don't call her a hero yet. In a city desperate for a savior, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham's symbol of hope. I love all things comics and while dig Batman I never read any of the Batwoman comics, but knew enough about her. Much like when they introduced the Supergirl series I wasn’t overly interested until they cast Ruby Rose in the lead role.
Diving into this show it struggles much like all of these shows in the beginning to find its footing but comes together pretty well. The look of Batwoman herself might be the best costume and overall look of all the CW series. She looks like she jumped right off the page and sucked me right in. The biggest issue I have with the show is the main villain Alice. She is obviously connected to the bigger narrative, but to me comes off more like a one note, one episodes story. It felt so forced trying to keep finding ways to keep her involved and evolve to different things and none of them really worked for me.
The episodes when we got some fresh new blood in the villain department worked way better for me including Hush in the mix. Sure it’s not the same
story but getting to see him in action was pretty cool nonetheless. I have to say I get tired of so many people getting to be in on the secret identity of all these heroes. Every show feels the need to become a team series and just isn’t necessary especially here. Part of what makes Batman work is that he is a loner, only occasionally teaming up with the Justice League outside of those in his inner circle. Those he does team up with are heroes and not just a ton of normals, but that seems to be the go to theme in all of the series.
Ruby Rose is great in the role which makes me bummed that she is not returning for the second season. It will be interesting to see how that is handled especially since this freshmen season didn’t get a full wrap up thanks to the Corona situation. I enjoyed the series as a whole and despite being unhappy with Rose not returning I am hoping for the best and can at least be excited that this will also mean then end of the Alice arc.
Grab your copy of Batwoman: The Complete First Season when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on August 18th from Warner Bros Home Entertainment.