‘Bat­woman’ be­gins her cru­sade for jus­tice on The CW

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Gotham’s lat­est tele­vi­sion de­fender is ready for ac­tion. The CW ac­tu­ally in­tro­duced Kate Kane, alias Bat­woman, in last year’s cross­over story that united sev­eral DC Comics-in­spired shows. Now she gets her own se­ries as Ruby Rose (“Or­ange Is the New Black”) reprises the role in “Bat­woman,” pre­mier­ing Sun­day, Oct. 6 –mak­ing for a night of very lit­eral fe­male em­pow­er­ment by be­ing paired with the con­tin­u­ing “Su­per­girl.”

With Bat­man ab­sent, crime is ram­pant in Gotham, and Kate’s pri­vate-se­cu­rity-op­er­a­tor fa­ther Ja­cob (Dougray Scott) and his team can only do so much af­ter vil­lains have dis­man­tled Gotham City’s for­mal po­lice force. En­ter Kate, Bruce Wayne’s cousin and a born rebel who seeks her ex­girl­friend, se­cu­rity of­fi­cer So­phie Moore (Mea­gan Tandy) ... kid­napped by a vi­cious gang led by the dan­ger­ously un­sta­ble Alice (Rachel Skarsten, mak­ing a re­turn to the DC world af­ter play­ing Di­nah Lance on “Birds of Prey”). Ni­cole Kang and Cam­rus John­son also star as Kate’s main al­lies in bat­tling evil.

Rose notes that her as­so­ci­a­tion with “Bat­woman” be­gan with her first meet­ings with ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers Sarah Schechter and Caro­line Dries, “just to talk about whether I’d be in­ter­ested in the show. They ex­plained what the story would look like and the arc, and es­sen­tially what the sea­son would look like although it’s very dif­fer­ent now. And it was amaz­ing. I was very in­ter­ested and sort of thought, ‘Yeah, that went re­ally well. And then they were like, ‘Now you have to do 12 au­di­tions.’ And I was like, ‘Wait. Hold on. I thought that meet­ing went re­ally well.’ But au­di­tion­ing for it, I felt like it was a per­fect fit.”

The Bat­woman cos­tume was de­signed by four-time Os­car win­ner Colleen At­wood (“Alice in Won­der­land,” “Chicago”), and Rose says wear­ing it is “just a mag­i­cal feel­ing. It’s not like when you dress up for Hal­loween and put some­thing on. This thing, within an inch of its life, just fits me like a glove. Ev­ery sin­gle part of it has been de­signed for my body; it moves with me and I move with it, and it feels like a sec­ond skin for the most part. You feel the trans­for­ma­tion, un­like any cos­tume I’ve ever put on in any role in my life. It’s just very dif­fi­cult to pee in.”

Dougray Scott and Ruby Rose star in “Bat­woman,” pre­mier­ing Sun­day on The CW.

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