The CW Has Found Batwoman's Big Bad!
The CW’s Batwoman series has found its big bad villain. Rachel Skarsten has been cast in the role of Alice in the upcoming series alongside Ruby Rose, who made her debut as the titular hero in last year's Arrowverse crossover event, Elseworlds, which marked the first time the character had ever appeared in live-action. The CW is expanding its already impressive variety of shows based on DC Comics with Batwoman, which is expected to debut this fall
According to a new report, Rachel Skarsten has officially signed on to play Alice in Batwoman. As of right now, The CW has only ordered a pilot for the series, but it's highly expected that it will be given at least a single-season order, given the response to Ruby Rose's debut as the character. Skarsten took to Instagram to confirm the news and to share her excitement. Here's what she had to say about it.
"I am thrilled to announce my next adventure. It is a very sweet homecoming for me, both to my favorite DC universe & beloved The CW. Just call me Alice."
Rachel Skarsten is no stranger to the DC universe as she appeared on the very short-lived Birds of Prey series, which aired on The WB between 2002 and 2003 before the network rebranded as The CW. Skarsten portrayed the Black Canary on the show. Coincidentally, filming just got underway on the Birds of Prey movie as a spin-off of Suicide Squad. Skarsten is also known for her roles on Reign, which also aired on The CW.
Alice is basically Batwoman’s Joker and speaks largely in phrases and quotes from Alice in Wonderland. Though, she denies any connection to DC's Mad Hatter or the Wonderland gang.
Batwoman will be significant as it will be the first live-action superhero series to feature a gay lead character. Greg Berlanti, the producer behind the Arrowverse and most of the DC shows on TV, is on board, with Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) also on board to produce. Dries penned the screenplay for the pilot, which will be directed by David Nutter (Game of Thrones). We'll be sure to keep you posted as any further details on the project are made available. This news was first reported by Deadline.