• Network: The CW
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 6, 2019
Metascore
60

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Miller
    Sep 23, 2019
    83
    Rose is perfectly cast. The show has a lot to offer, too.
  2. 75
    Everything in the “Batwoman” premiere occurs at a breakneck pace. This is great for quickly filling in a new character’s backstory but not for developing a superhero. ... With “Gotham” wrapping up earlier this year, the TV landscape was in desperate need of stories to tell from the Batman universe. It’s a world that should consistently be explored. “Batwoman” appears ready to do just that.
  3. Reviewed by: Allison Shoemaker
    Oct 3, 2019
    72
    It comes close, but it doesn’t quite get there. Still, there’s potential, particularly when Batwoman stops trying to be a Gotham story, an Arrowverse show, and a familiar origin yarn, and starts focusing on what makes it different.
  4. Reviewed by: Keisha Hatchett
    Oct 2, 2019
    70
    Gritty and fiercely feminist, the series is very much an Arrowverse show that also stands as its own thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Sep 30, 2019
    70
    The facts of who Kate is immediately make her Batwoman origin story different and intriguing. Rose, a once controversial choice for the role, does her best to reveal the flickers of pain underneath Kate’s steadfast stoicism. ... There are a few plot twists, none very surprising, but satisfying nonetheless. The pilot is otherwise jam-packed with plot, standard Gotham mythology, and some unfortunately flat acting that hopefully will all become more multi-faceted in future episodes.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Oct 2, 2019
    63
    The best part of the new series is that unfussy, effortless way of getting Kate's sexual orientation out of the way, and also Kate herself. She's a bantamweight crusader with lightning moves as opposed to devastating ones. ... What's less-best is the usual reliance on the sort of story that Gotham has undergone countless times before. There are no surprises left here, not even a decent dopey headline in the still-dopey, ever-credulous Gotham newspapers (which still don't have websites).
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Sep 23, 2019
    63
    What makes “Batwoman” stand apart is that Kate is a lesbian, and by the end of the premiere she’s caught up in an unconventional-for-TV love triangle. Beyond that, this superhero show is admittedly more of the same.
  8. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Oct 7, 2019
    60
    Batwoman has a welcome amount of openness and information sharing from the get-go. The series also does surprisingly well with establishing several key supporting characters. ... Around Kate Kane and Rose, there's a question mark. The camera is intrigued, gravitating toward her angular features, spiky hair and convincing swagger. I'm not sure she's as good at conveying the required authority or enigmatic mystery.
  9. Reviewed by: Vinnie Mancuso
    Oct 3, 2019
    60
    Batwoman really sings when it’s building the adversarial relationship between Kate and Alice, an opposite-sides-of-the-coin situation with similar vibes to Batman and the Joker. Skarsten is having a blast alternating between whimsy and dangerous menace, and her villain feels like the only performance that’s been lived in for more than two episodes. Better yet, it’s bouncing off of Skarsten’s unpredictable energy that Rose’s surly, tamped down performance works best.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Oct 4, 2019
    58
    Batwoman sometimes drops the ball. It’s a brand name with several new twists. But it also can seem like another one off the assembly line.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 4, 2019
    50
    The series doesn't exactly hit the ground running, and appears short on arrows in its quiver, to borrow from another DC-CW staple. If that dynamic doesn't improve, other than the most loyal acolytes of the DC universe, it's a poor candidate for committing many more nights to it, dark or otherwise.
  12. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Oct 3, 2019
    50
    [Batwoman] has a generic quality — sufficiently well executed, with touches of quiet wit, but tinny and lacking in personality or excitement overall. It’s a superheroics delivery system, most notable for its efficiency.
  13. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Oct 4, 2019
    45
    Everything in Batwoman—the plots, the dialogue, the characterizations—is very comic-booky, in the worst sense of the term.
  14. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Oct 3, 2019
    40
    I’m sorry to report that, despite her big talk, Batwoman is pretty much a nobody on the TV screen, a dud as both a vigilante crime-fighter and a ticked-off relative with unresolved grief issues. Mostly she’s just another paint-by-numbers CW superhero, joining a collection of other, steadfastly rote shows (“Supergirl,” “The Flash,” the soon-departing “Arrow”) from executive producer Greg Berlanti (and, in “Batwoman’s” case, writer Caroline Dries).
  15. The show doesn’t seem to know how to handle Bruce’s absence, so he’s mentioned at every turn, making Kate feel less like a person with her own story than someone grafted onto his. ... The visual palette is all muddled grays or treacly, warmly lit flashbacks. The fight scenes lack tension and dynamism, relying on quick cuts and multiple angles to manufacture a false sense of energy. There’s also a missing spark of chemistry among the cast.
User Score
1.8

Overwhelming dislike- based on 151 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 151
  1. Oct 6, 2019
    2
    This show is a sacrilege. Utterly terrible and does a disservice to the franchise.
  2. Oct 6, 2019
    0
    This show is an abomination. Very bad acting, story is cringeworthy. the whole message of this show is garbage.
  3. Oct 6, 2019
    2
    I would love to know why DC/CW keeps on hiring people who have no clue how to write characters or a story for that matter. Most stories onI would love to know why DC/CW keeps on hiring people who have no clue how to write characters or a story for that matter. Most stories on reddits r/WritingPrompts are better written than this show. If that doesn't tell you basically everything you need to know, I don't know what does.

    This show could be really good, if it was better written. Thinking back how good the early days of the Arrowverse were (meaning Arrow S01 and also S02), it hurts to see that this is what we have now.

    So to cut this short, dear DC/CW, please for the love of batman, hire better writers!
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