Being the first is never easy, and being the first lesbian superhero to lead her own show in a genre traditionally domintated by straight men is a superheroic task. Batwoman and Ruby Rose, the Australian actor and model who is playing her, are stepping up to the challenge.
The CW’s latest foray into superhero TV shows has been causing quite a stir since it was first announced, and not always for good reasons. Now, four episodes into its first season, Batwoman is hitting its stride and becoming known for fun action, dark mysteries, and lots of lesbian kissing instead of behind-the-scenes drama.
The latest episode, which aired Sunday, is giving the lesbians exactly what they want. There’s a steamy bedroom scene between Kate and Reagan, a bartender she met at a gala, and it’s pefect food to satisfy any queer woman’s hunger. Unfortunately, because of her secret identity as Batwoman, and some of her feelings being hung up on her ex, Sophie, Kate and Reagan break up at the end of the episode. Damn, this lesbian drama is real.
When Rose was first announced as Batwoman and her secret identity Kate Kane, there were some complaints, mostly that the actress isn’t Jewish like the character, and that, in a lot of viewers’ opinions, she’s not a strong enough actor to take on a complex leading role like this. There was even more controversy after the pilot aired when straight men started flocking to Rotten Tomatoes and IMDB to review-bomb the show, complaining about “social justice warriors” and giving the show the lowest rating they can.
These stumbling blocks might’ve tripped up the show a little bit at the beginning, but now that its moved past introducing us all to Kate Kane and her alter ego, Batwoman is becoming the show queer comics fans were hoping for.
There were early worries that the show wouldn’t embrace Kane’s lesbianism, something that’s a huge part of her life and character in the comics. But those fears are being squashed with each date she goes on and and each woman she makes out with.
Even with all the off-screen drama, the show is holding strong in the ratings. Despite being on at the same time as an NFL game and the World Series on Sunday night, the show was still watched by 1.26 million viewers, more than it’s popular CW older sister show, Supergirl.
Batwoman, in a lot of ways, is pure fanservice for queer women. For years we’ve seen Bruce Wayne after Bruce Wayne get to date models and actresses and lawyers and save the city at the same time, and now, we finally get to see a hot lesbian doing all of that!
This show is like lesbian fanfiction with a big budget and it’s about damn time we got something like this.