Is the CW’s “Batwoman” TV Series First Look Trailer Cringy? Let’s Break It Down!
The first look trailer for the upcoming Batwoman TV series has been released. There are certain people online saying it is a bit cringy. You know what? Having watched the trailer, I can understand where such an opinion is coming from.
The trailer features actress Ruby Rose as Kate Kane/Batwoman. It shows how and why she decided to wear the Batsuit.
For some weird reason, Batman leaves Gotham City. With danger still around, it seems a security firm named Crows (run by Kate’s father) will be trying to protect the civilians. A new villain named Alice appears and kidnaps Sophie Moore (Meagan Tandy).
Due to Sophie and Kate sharing a romantic past, Kate comes to Gotham and tries to work with her father to rescue Sophie.
Here’s the trailer!
I was waiting for the so-called cringy moments to occur as I watched the first look trailer. Maybe certain viewers were overexaggerating?
However, halfway through, two lines were delivered by Rose’s Kate Kane which helped me understand how such dialogue choices could indeed make some people cringe.
For those interested, I did an entire breakdown of the trailer! Why does Bruce’s Batsuit look like it has an armored breastplate? Ha!
The first line comes after Kate breaks into Wayne Enterprises. She looks at the Batsuit and asks Luke Fox to fix it. When Luke replies the suit is perfect, Kate responds with, “It will be [dramatic pause] when it fits a woman.”
In my opinion, the line could have been far better if it was changed to, “It will be [dramatic pause] when it fits me.”
The other piece of dialogue has Kate state, “I’m not about to let a man take credit for a woman’s work.”
Such a line would have had more of an impact if she literally wasn’t altering Batman’s suit or basically taking up his gig on her road to becoming Batwoman.
I have no idea what the writers were thinking. I’m not a fan of characters hyping themselves up. I want writers to show me why Kate is a cool character instead of having her tell me.
Also, what was the point behind Kate’s father saying she is a “female Bruce Wayne”?
Kate Kane is an awesome character on her own in the comic book world. She wasn’t introduced as a female version of Batman. I hope this upcoming TV show remembers that instead of trying to make her into a gender-bent version of Bruce.
Anyway, I can understand how certain parts of the trailer made some people cringe. However, I’m still looking forward to watching Batwoman when it airs on The CW soon.
Will you be watching this series? Feel free to share your thoughts with us.
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4 thoughts on “Is the CW’s “Batwoman” TV Series First Look Trailer Cringy? Let’s Break It Down!”
There’s definitely some cringe and I generally don’t like the tone of the DC Universe but I’m willing to give it leeway for how delightfully gay it is right out of the gate. I’ll give it a shot if for nothing more than paving the way for more queer content.
Ikr! The entire trailer is about her going to rescue her (past) girlfriend. Love it! Need more superhero shows with queer leads.
It’s called character development, at the end she is in her own suit. She used his suit to rescue her girlfriend, then had her own made is what it looks like. I don’t see that as cringy, I see that as using available resources.lol
Using available resources. Lol.
I just didn’t like such a strong connection of her origins to Batman, down to using Batman’s stuff or having it altered to make it her own, especially cos I know certain viewers are going to look at it and be like ‘Oh! This show is about replacing Batman with a woman,’ and similar rants.
In the comics, she has nothing to do with Batman, and used her Dad’s military equipment to make her own suit and gadgets (she also uses guns), which helps set Batwoman apart as her own character.
Anyway, let’s see how this show does when it debuts.
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