New Bat, Same Old Gotham
Well, Gotham, it turns out that shadow flying around the city for the last couple of weeks isn’t our friendly neighborhood Batman. Seems like we’ve got Batwoman protecting us now, for better or for worse. And, considering the city we live in, it’s usually going to be worse.
Don’t get me wrong, I love having a protector of the streets and its nice that we haven’t really heard from Alice since she escaped Crow custody last week. There is a mysterious set of murders at a high-class apartment building that could be linked to her. But, she’s posed no threat to Gotham as a whole recently. No, this week that honor goes to Tommy Elliot, one of the city’s wealthy elite who was celebrating his exorbitant wealth when he decided to test the new Bat. Well, I suppose he technically wanted to test the OLD Bat but, he got the new one instead.
So, the terrorist this time wasn’t a direct result of Batwoman on a technicality. But, since she declared herself the new protector of Gotham, I guarantee there’s already a few crazies and sewer dwellers planning to test that declaration. Also, let’s not forget the fact that Alice is still out there. And she seems to be connected to this Bat considering they both showed up at the same time. But again, any protector is better than no protector and with those horrifying new ads the Crows have been running, I think real protection is exactly what this city needs right now.
That’ll be this new Batwoman’s biggest hurdle: the Crows. Sure, Batman used to butt heads with the GCPD when he was around but Commissioner Gordon always did his best to work alongside the Bat, no against him. It was obvious that he and the Bat had some kind of understanding. However, I don’t see the same type of understanding existing between Jacob Kane and Batwoman. Those new ads are straight out of an authoritarian dystopia novel and if there’s one thing these types of regimes hate, it’s giving up their power.
But, hopefully, I’m wrong. I mean this new Batwoman made quite the statement (especially since Kane was reportedly one of the people she saved) and, as long as the Colonel can tolerate this new vigilante, Gotham could actually, finally, be safer than Metropolis. But, like I said last week, I think things for this city are going to get much worse before they get any better. But, at least we know someone’s looking out for us now.
Batwoman airs Sundays at 8/7 on The CW.