Batwoman Season 1 Premiere: 7 Ups & 3 Downs From 'Pilot'

Batwoman makes her presence felt with a surprisingly strong debut offering.

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Contains spoilers for Batwoman Season 1, Episode 1.

The latest entry in The CW's ever-growing Arrowverse, Batwoman is a show that has had everyone talking long before it even came into existence.

From the character's introduction in last year's Elseworlds crossover to the hype surrounding her own spin-off series, anticipation was high to see Kate Kane come to life. And then one misguided trailer turned much of that positivity on its head and resulted in the show generating a different kind of buzz. Nonetheless, people were talking about Batwoman.

That brings us all the way to the series premiere, and the moment in which we get to see Kate Kane tell us her story in the way that the writers initially intended for her to, unfiltered and without the use of questionable marketing. And believe it or not, the result might surprise you.

Batwoman is an effectively dark entry in the Arrowverse franchise that takes cues from its predecessors and yet sets itself apart from them completely. It's a unique offering that has so much more to say than its trailers suggested and, with a little room to grow, all that potential could carry it to greatness.

First, the negatives...


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