If you have not watched the Batwoman TV series, you may not know Alice. She is a maniac villain who many fans think might be the female version of Joker for the show in Batwoman’s timeline.
Alice is off the bat crazy (see what I did there?), she kills people without any remorse and yet shows some very queer empathy and is drawn towards the lead actress Kate Kane. She seems to be interested in “owning” her life.
This kind of obsession reminds you of Joker’s very own obsession with Batman and how he too, is remorseless and loves killing people aimlessly to make a point. Alice, depicted by the amazing actress Rachel Skarsten, also dresses and does some kinky make up like the Joker.
However, she chose to take the theme of Alice, from Alice in Wonderland and in the first five episodes we learn that this is because it’s the only book she read and treasured gifted to her by her only friend when growing up in turmoil, Moose.
She will often make quotes and references to the old children’s classic book that will make you ever question if that book was ever really meant for kids in the first place after you realise how she perverts it to justify her actions.
The major difference between Alice and Joker is that Alice seems to be more calculative and strategic than Joker is. All her plans have a desired well thought and planned outcome of a master villain, they are never as pretty simple and aimless.
We do know that she reveals her connection to Batwoman as her long-lost thought to be dead twin sister, Beth and she even spins a whole believable story of how she survived and ended up to be who she is now, but there are still so many uncovered loopholes.
We also know that, like Batman has difficulty ever truly killing or hurting the Joker in some twisted connection between the two; Batwoman too has difficulty killing Alice, because she is conflicted about hurting her sister but also feels guilty that she gave up on keeping the search to find her when she disappeared after the accident.
This happens in several episodes of the TV series and can get annoying sometimes, since because of Kate’s (Batwoman) failure to take care of her once and for all, she ends up executing more plans to punish her real father (Kane) for forgetting about her, her stepsister for taking Kate’s attention and their stepmother for her role in her being forgotten.
To be honest, other than a brief cameo of Alfred Pennyworth’s daughter and the crossover of Batwoman into the Arrowverse’s “Crisis on Infinite Earths”, Alice is still the best thing keeping Batwoman going.
DC and CW have to work really hard to keep the TV series going and prevent it from becoming a teen drama fest like most CW shows usually become. They will need to bring in new villains better or up to Alice’s standards, get darker like DC did with “Titans” and add more Bat gadgets.
They also really need to bring on Batwoman’s A-game, she gets beat up a lot in the series. Basing on the stories about her in the comics and in the old TV series, Birds of Prey, Batwoman was a very formidable superhero that even the Dark Knight himself always acknowledged as a worthy successor.
The timeline of Batwoman takes place at a time when Batman has disappeared from Gotham, Joker is in Arkham and most other big-time villains we know of in the major arcs. It can get confusing at first, but slowly it adds up.
After the reset and merging of universes in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” when Oliver Queen sacrificed his life to save the universe, Supergirl, Black Lightning, The Flash, Arrow and DC Legends of Tomorrow. This will probably more future crossovers for the heroes as well as villains, increasing the plot pool.
You can watch the Batwoman trailer on Youtube.
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