Batwoman is only days away from its official premiere. Right out the gate, it promises us an interesting villain in Alice (Rachel Skarsten).
While there is a DC Comics character of the same name with a similar theme (that of Alice in Wonderland), we can’t say how much the series will take from the comics. Arrowverse shows, man, they like to put their own spin on things.
Talking with Entertainment Weekly, Skarsten and Ruby Rose shared a little bit more on why Alice, despite being a lesser known Gotham villain, is one to be feared.
Rose says part of the character’s horror is that you can’t say that she 100% evil. “What makes Alice so terrifying is that you can’t tell if she’s 100 percent bad or evil.”
Skarsten also sees her characters as more of a foil for Rose’s Kate Kane. “They’re both very, very strong, very independent, very intelligent, extremely capable, both intellectually and physically females. So you have them on opposing sides, but you don’t know who can outwit the other, who can out-punch the other. It’s a toss-up. So I think that makes them amazing, amazing foes for one another. But then of course there is also some history that will come into it that I think complicates everything, but also feeds into them being great nemeses for each other.”
In the comics, it was revealed that Alice was Kate Kane’s twin sister, Beth. No twin exists in the series, but Kane does have a tragic backstory involving a dead mother and younger sister. Chances are we may not see this exact path, but it would be interesting to see just what this “history” between them is.
Whatever her backstory is, Skarsten promises that it is a tragic one (maybe even sympathetic). “Getting to motivate all the bad things that she does from that place, it really makes her this redeemable character. I think people are actually going to surprise themselves and root for her.”
Unsurprising, if you ask us, Batman’s rogue gallery is, largely, comprised of very sympathetic and tragic figures.
Batwoman premieres on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 8/7c on the CW.
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