Batwoman season 4 was a possibility until the show’s unceremonious cancellation by The CW but what would have happened in it?
It seems like just yesterday that Javicia Leslie took over the mantle of the Scarlet Knight on The CW’s Batwoman. A casting decision that received acclaim from fans, it saw Leslie don the cape and cowl after the departure of Ruby Rose, who played the role of Kate Kane/Batwoman in season 1.
Leslie played a different character, Ryan Wilder, who became Gotham City’s new hero from the season 2 premiere onwards. Throughout the second and third seasons, she battled new versions of Batman villains Killer Croc and The Joker, and she even went toe-to-toe with the original Black Mask and Poison Ivy.
Even though Batwoman hit new highs in season 3, the show was cancelled as part of The CW’s mass cull as it prepared to be sold. The network was reportedly willing to spare both it and fellow Arrowverse series DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, but Warner Bros. Discovery no longer wanted to pay for the sets, resulting in their cancellation.
But what could have happened if Batwoman was allowed to fight crime for another season?
What could have happened in Batwoman season 4?
Batwoman‘s third season concluded on a note that saw Ryan Wilder regain her position as CEO of Wayne Enterprises and therefore regain access to the Batcave. But even though she had defeated her Joker-like brother Marquis Jet, there was always work to be done in Gotham City.
That’s something that was hinted at in the season 3 finale’s final scene, in which Gotham City news reporter Dana DeWitt was killed by a terrifying skeletal figure that rose from the ashes of the Bat-Blimp’s wreckage. It was never revealed who the character in question was, but it was implied that it was Batman Beyond villain Blight. At least that was the popular theory among fans, with the other being Solomon Grundy.
Either one was an enticing option for Batwoman season 4, and showrunner Caroline Dries confirmed that the character would have played quite the role in the show, revealing to TVLine that the villain would have required “getting some approvals”. Unfortunately, we may never know who the deadly figure was, but we do know that they would have made an impact in season 4.
Another aspect of the show that would have certainly factored into season 4 was the blossoming relationship between Ryan Wilder and Sophie Moore. “Wildmoore” had a big part to play in season 3, with the two growing incredibly close throughout, before they finally got together. Javicia Leslie certainly would have loved to see where the two would go next, telling ComicBook.com that she and Meagan Tandy would have loved “to continue to play that love story.”
Leslie also teased that the fourth season could have continued to develop the slow-burn romance between Luke Fox and Mary Hamilton-Kane, and that we could have seen what happened with Alice/Beth after she disappeared into the darkness to figure out who it was that she had become.
With everything up in the air at The CW, Batwoman‘s creative team did the right thing and crafted an amazing finale that could have served as a series finale if they didn’t get renewed. The only unfortunate part is that it paid off due to the show’s untimely cancellation. That being said, at least Batwoman got to go out on a high that was also a satisfying conclusion.
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