Does The CW’s Batwoman now have one of its biggest villains? It seems that way, based on what we know about Alice.
According to a report from Deadline, Rachel Skarsten (who has a CW history courtesy of Reign) will be appearing in a potential series-regular role of Alice. Here’s how the network is describing this part, at least at present:
Skarsten will play Alice. If Batwoman had a Joker, it would be Alice, the leader of her Lewis Carroll–inspired Wonderland Gang. Swinging unpredictably between maniacal and charming, Alice has made it her mission to undermine Gotham’s sense of security.
While it would be easy to sit here and draw ideas as to who Alice will be based on the comics — and there are certainly some interesting twists when it comes to this character in the source material — it’s probably not a good idea to do that. We’d like to see the show stay fairly close to the comic books, but pretty much every single show within the Arrowverse has shaken things up. Arrow has adopted a number of things that closely resemble Batman just as much as the Green Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow is practically its own thing separate from the comics altogether.
What we do know is that a show like Batwoman does need an incredible villain from the start and hopefully, Alice can be that. We haven’t actually had the luxury with some other shows in the Arrowverse to know who some of the main villains are going to be in advance — that is especially true with The Flash, given that the Reverse-Flash twist managed to shock the world in a pretty substantial way.
Note that Batwoman has not been officially ordered to series just yet, but based on some of the indications that are out there, it probably will be. It’s just hard to envision that this show is not going to get that pickup when there’s been so much hype about it already. This is easily one of the most-anticipated superhero shows that the network has and the Gotham City setting is a big part of that. There are probably some opportunities to create some echoes of Batman here, while also doing a few other things that feel special in their own way.
We should know, one way or another, about the future of Batwoman by the time we get closer to the spring.
What do you think about this Batwoman – Alice news? Be sure to share some of your thoughts in the attached comments, and stay tuned for some other insight. (Photo: The CW.)