Batwoman’s New Kate Kane Continues Arrowverse’s Multiverse Clashes
Batwoman season 2 introduced a new actress in the role of Kate Kane. Wallis Day’s previous DCTV role brings forward a multiverse issue in the Arrowverse.
Batwomanof The new Kate Kane continues the multiverse clashes of the Arrowverse. The series has been teasing Kate’s reappearance for several episodes now. However, with Ruby Rose no longer playing the character after Season 1, Batwoman rolled up crossing paths with Krypton, the DCTV show Syfy canceled after two seasons, crucially. The “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover may have reduced the amount of worlds left in the multiverse, but the Arrowverse seems to continue the tradition of having an actor playing two different roles with the redesign of Kate in Season 2.
Krypton Former Wallis Day has been officially cast for Kate Kane, replacing Rose in the role she left last year. In a brief scene at the end of the episode “Survived Much Worse,” a woman, burned and bloodied, sits against a wall in the sewer wearing Kate’s red collar. As it turns out, she’s still alive and in Gotham City. Day’s casting was confirmed shortly after. Join Batwoman Season 2 puts Day in the unique position of playing two characters, each from a distinct land and timeline. She is now a modified Kate and Nyssa-Vex, Superman’s grandmother and a manipulative antagonist during season 1 of Krypton.
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The cast of the day creates a bit of a puzzling conundrum for Batwoman. After all, the Arrowverse established early on that Other Earths only included look-alikes of characters from what is now Earth-Prime. This is presented in Flash Season 2 episode, “Welcome to Earth-2” – the actors played different versions of their original characters in a changed world. In Batwoman season 1, Rachel Skarsten played Beth Kane from Another Land; Camrus Johnson also played another iteration of Luke Fox. While Day’s past as Nyssa-Vex likely won’t be a factor Batwoman, this causes a shock of alternate realities which becomes more and more difficult to follow. Yes, this is an entirely different set of circumstances, but one that can be avoided by expanding the pool of actors who are chosen throughout the Arrowverse.
That said, the rules have since changed Flash first ventured to another land, with the expansion of the multiverse allowing the Arrowverse to play a bit faster and looser with the concept of actors playing more than their lookalikes. At this point, Day isn’t the first to play wildly different characters in the world of DCTV. John Wesley Shipp played The Flash’s father Henry Allen, Jay Garrick, and The Flash from the 1990s series during “Crisis on Infinite Earths.” Likewise, Erica Durance played Supergirl’s mother Alura and Smallville’s Lois Lane. Meanwhile, Brandon Routh portrayed Ray Palmer / The Atom and Earth-96 Superman.
To be fair, Krypton was never confirmed to be in the Arrowverse during “Crisis on Infinite Earths”. While series star Cameron Cuffe – who played Superman’s grandfather Seg-El – was meant to become a cameo Ancient Kryptonian on Argo in the five-episode crossover, the Syfy show was never officially incorporated into the shared universe. Yet, given that the multiverse comprises several different worlds (including Lucifer), we can suppose Krypton is sort of loosely connected to the Arrowverse in that sense, one of the Hundreds of Worlds. Whether Batwoman will take into account Day’s Krypton The role in the series remains unclear, but the multiverse continues regardless.
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