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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Batwoman is a superhero series about a young woman (Ruby Rose) who takes over fighting crime in Gotham City. It fits into the CW's "Arrowverse" alongside shows like Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl. The character of Batwoman is a twist on the Batman archetype, as she takes the place of a suspiciously absent Bruce Wayne to help protect Gotham from supervillainy. Though the Batman-related comics tend to be edgier and darker than typical superhero books, Batwoman feels geared toward a teen audience. Characters kiss and find romance, and this version of Batwoman is a lesbian. Violence is a little stronger and includes characters getting shot to death, poisoned, and there are lots of martial arts-influenced fight scenes.
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What's the story?
Kate Kane (Ruby Rose of Orange is the New Black and John Wick Chapter 2) arrives home in Gotham City just as it's learning how to cope without Batman, who has been missing for three years. When the city is attacked by Alice and the Wonderland Gang, Kate happens to discover that her millionaire cousin Bruce Wayne, also missing, is in fact the caped crusader himself, so she has the Batcostume altered to fit her and takes on the mantle of Gotham's vigilante protector: BATWOMAN.
Is it any good?
This action-packed series gives teens yet another solid superhero to root for in the DC Comics TV universe. There's Tim Burton's Batman -- a neon-specked, flamboyant candy overload -- and Christopher Nolan's edgy and super serious Dark Knight, and there's a sweet spot between them that captures the feeling of superhero comics without either belittling them or stripping them of joy. Batwoman has found that sweet spot. Though Batwoman doesn't excel at anything in particular; there's no knockout punch in its arsenal quite yet -- the foundation is so strong that it has more than enough room to grow.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the Batwoman character. What is her relationship to Batman? How is she similar to him? How is she different? What is the value of creating a character like Batman that is not Batman?
Batman tends to be one of the more complex superheroes, and Batwoman seems to be following suit. What are the ways in which Batwoman isn't a pure "good guy?" What are her ethics and morals? How do these come into conflict with being a superhero? How do they conflict with societal norms?
How do Batwoman's foes relate to her? What are the moral and ethical questions they force her to confront? How do the Batwoman villains challenge a superhero who seems otherwise invincible?
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