Dogs dinner, dinner dinner dinner…
I happened to catch The CW’s new Batwoman pilot the other day. Now, Greg Berlanti has past form of doing good jobs with DC properties, so I didn’t think that this would be anything other than decent.
I was wrong. I suppose every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and whereas I expected Joker to miss the mark (it didn’t btw, my review is somewhere around here), I expected this to be a Batarang straight to the centre mass. It missed. Badly.
There are a multiplicity of problems that need addressing to get this show up and running in a matter fitting its name and let’s start with everyone’s favourite androgynous acting person, Ruby Rose. I’ve seen her in one of the Resident Evil’s, John Wick 2 and The Meg and frankly wondered what all the fuss was about. She’s not the most fluid actor I have ever seen, strangely alternating between wooden and passable, often in the same scene, which makes watching the show feel odd straight away. Even acting alongside a good actor like Mission Impossible II bad guy, Dougray Scott can’t seem to persuade Rose to raise her performance.
The plot is bad. The action is bad. The relationships are bad. The villain of the piece was actually okay until a stupid plot twist made her bad as well. The Alfred type character was probably the most engaging, if not original character, or was at least the lesser of many evils. I’ve ran out of patience writing about this already. The episode was convoluted and nonsensical, lacking any sort of cohesion. Whoever wrote it, greenlit it and then directed it all need a good talking to I feel. Oh and the costume department. You cheap sods, putting up a Batman costume claiming it being to Bats himself despite the fact it obviously has breasts! Unless the Batman of this world was, or is (he’s missing somewhere apparently), Batgenderfluid, man that’s just cheap and lazy.
This show could have been, and should have been, a triumph for The CW, having TV’s first LGBTQ superhero as an openly gay lead character. It’s really not though. I’d go as far to say it’s the opposite. The sexuality content feels as poorly dealt with as the plotting. If I was a LGBTQ person and was waiting for my first representation on TV in a lead superhero role, I can’t help think I’d feel badly let down. As a person who was looking forward to this show and all it promised, I can tell you, if you haven’t gathered already, that I’m sorely disappointed in it.
Still, many a series have recovered from bad pilots and turned into something actually quite watchable. I’m looking at you Scrubs in particular.
I’ll give it a go and give episode two a try, but I’m not hopeful.