Batwoman show to offer plenty of diversity


Based on the most recent casting additions, it looks like The CW’s Batwoman show is aiming for diversity.

A supporting cast list for The CW’s Batwoman pilot is here! This show is adding some diversity. Let us take a look and see what this all means.

The Diversity of The Cast

First of,f we have Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson and Nicole Kang, two African-Americans and one Asian-American, respectively. Can anyone think of a supporting cast with this much diversity? Meagan Tandy will be playing Sophie Moore, who was Kate Kane’s first girlfriend. It was this relationship that got Kate Kane dismissed due to Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Her character is “a high-level private security agent and one of Gotham’s staunchest protectors. Despite her bite and regimented outlook, Sophie has a soft side, illuminated by Kate Kane’s return.” It’s safe to say then that this series is not going in a linear fashion of Kate Kane beginning from the beginning, then building up to Batwoman.

Camrus Johnson will be playing Lucas Fox, who is the son of Wayne Enterprises’ Lucius Fox. You may also know him as Batwing. “Luke works to keep Wayne Tower secure in his boss’s absence. While Luke considers himself the guardian of all things Batman — specifically his symbol — he also recognizes the city’s need for a new hero.”

Then we have Nicole Kang, who is playing Mary Hamilton. She is new to this and does not originate from the comics. In fact, she is playing Kate Kane’s sister. She is “excitable, talkative, and an influencer-in-the-making…step-sister and polar opposite.” She also has “compassion for Gotham’s under-served communities.” Yes, Kate Kane has a sister in the comics, but a twin sister. It appears this character is a stepsister. Perhaps she is an adopted sister after the death of her sister, or maybe a daughter from her father’s possible remarriage. It is hard to say how much this show will follow the comics.

It’s Time for Diversity

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More and more, the idea of sex, gender and identity are changing. The idea of an all white-male world is hardly the truth. DC Comics saw much success with the Wonder Woman film. The CW, of course, made a hit with Supergirl. Meanwhile, Marvel’s Jessica Jones over on Netflix has its praise. Therefore, there is a market for more diversity. Batwoman will add to this, along with the LGBT anglewhich no one has really played yet. Some have attacked both DC and Marvel for this lack of inclusion. Note, they are attacking them mainly for their films, but this is at least a step.

Another interesting bit is how Kate Kane’s relationship is with a black woman. Hence, a gay, interracial relationship. More and more, we see people of different races together. The interracial marriage rate is increasing each generation, and the overall disapproval of interracial marriage is at an all-time low. Interracial couples are becoming a thing in the comic book media, as we see in The Flash. Batwoman shows this is becoming a thing and not just a one-time novelty.

Batwing’s addition is a nice plus. It is intriguing because these two characters have no real history with each other unless, you count the movie Batman: Bad Blood. Keep in mind Lucas Fox’s background, as the son to a wealthy African-American, both highly involved in the STEM field. This is far from the usual stereotypes saved for African-American characters in television.

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Sadly, one fears this will bring some ignorance and disapproval. Critics may feel the show is trying to add to shove diversity down our throats. Meanwhile, comic book purists will disapprove, mainly because of things such as Batwoman never had a Asian-American sister in the comics, therefore, why have one in the show? Hopefully, the show does well enough that all the praise will drown these voices out.