‘Batwoman’: 3 Questions the Finale Answered (And 1 It Didn’t)
Batwoman Season 1 Episode 20, served as the first season finale of the freshman Arrowverse series. The episode aptly titled, “O, Mouse!” propelled the story at a frantic pace, dropped a bombshell of a cliffhanger, and set the stage for what could be a dynamite season 2. [Spoiler warning: The following article contains details about Batwoman Season 1.]
‘Batwoman’ delivered an action-packed season finale
The coronavirus pandemic forced a production shutdown and cut the season short, so Batwoman did not deliver the finale that the writers had planned. Still, the show ended the first season with a bang.
Surprisingly, several burning questions were answered, leaving a few thought-provoking threads for fans to mull over during the hiatus. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of what was revealed, plus one major plot point that will sit idle until the second season.
Question: Will Batman appear? Answer: Kind of.
Many fans assumed the Dark Knight would return based on hints from the cast and crew prior to the finale. When speaking with TV Line about the abbreviated season, Batwoman star, Camrus Johnson, teased a finale cliffhanger, saying, “I think it’s a pretty incredible cliffhanger.”
Adding fuel to the frenzy, the official episode synopsis for “O, Mouse!” mentions “one of Gotham’s former heroes.” Twitter chatter leading up to the episode was full of speculation that Bruce Wayne would pop up on Batwoman.
“Bruce Wayne will walk into Wayne Towers/Batcave, and that will be the massive cliffhanger for next season,” tweeted a fan.
Rumors about a Caped Crusader plot twist swirled, like this comment that read, “I’m still hoping for a Bruce Wayne cameo in the form of a Hush impersonation or something.” Based on the finale, it’s clear that prediction was right on target.
Unfortunately for Gotham City — but luckily for drama-lovers — Bruce Wayne’s “return” to Gotham is not what it seems. In a warped scheme, Batwoman’s sister by blood and nemesis by choice creates a mask in Bruce Wayne’s likeness for her ally, Tommy ‘Hush’ Elliot. In the final scene, Alice and Tommy — in his Bruce skin mask — plot to destroy the Bat.
Question: Will Mouse turn on Alice? Answer: Not if she turns on him first
Batwoman Episode 19 saw trouble in paradise for Alice and Mouse when Alice blew their sweet setup running Arkham Asylum. And in the season finale, the discord escalates to a tragic end. Mouse pleads with Alice to abandon her obsession with taking revenge on her family. He wants to hightail it out of Gotham before the authorities pick up their trail again.
Alice aggressively resists until Mouse threatens to skedaddle solo. Rather than continuing to squabble, she lulls him into a false sense of security, agreeing to leave town together. But instead of packing her bags for greener pastures, Alice poisons her surrogate brother to keep him from leaving her.
Question: Will Commander Kane join Batwoman? Answer: Not a chance
In the finale, Kate — as Batwoman — tries again to gain the trust of her father, Commander Kane. She uses Mary to lure him to a rooftop and offers him a truce in the interest of catching a suspect. Predictably, the Commander agrees (it’s clearly a trap). Foolishly, Kate believes him.
After the Crows Security officers take down the assailant, they turn their weapons on Batwoman in an unsurprising double-cross. After an unsuccessful attempt at exterminating the Bat, Kane renews his vow to take her down.
Question: Who is Safiyah? Answer: Ask again later
In Batwoman Episode 17, Alice mentions someone called “Safiyah” but doesn’t elaborate on their connection. Later, in episode 19, Julia brings her up, and she drops the name again in the finale. Julia confesses that she betrayed Safiyah and has been evading her ever since. Now, it seems that someone is having Julia followed, and whoever is on her trail — perhaps an agent of Safiyah — creepily left behind photos taken of Jules and Sophie without their consent.
Just as things were heating up, the season came to a close. But viewers have plenty of clues to ponder until Batwoman returns.