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Dream Casting: Batwoman

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Jun 7, 2018

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.

June is Pride Month, so I wanted to return to comics adaptations by looking at one of the most important gay superheroes in comics, Batwoman. For those who don't know, Batwoman is Kate Kane, an ex-military crimefighter who's also Batman's cousin. Her current series is written by Marguerite Bennett with an assist out of the gate from James Tynion IV, featuring art by Steve Epting, Fernando Blanco and others. It tells a globetrotting adventure story that brings Batwoman face to face with her past, particularly her relationship with a woman named Safiyah, who rules a pirate island.

My first thought was that this could be a movie, but it would actually work really well as a TV series. After all, the next CW DC crossover is introducing the character, so there's always the possibility of a spinoff. On the other hand, the cast I've assembled might be a little prestigious for CW, but you never know these days.

Evan Rachel Wood as Kate Kane

Evan Rachel Wood as Kate Kane

She's already had a long impressive career, but Evan Rachel Wood has really come into her own as a lead performer on Westworld. Give her bright red hair and she'll perfectly embody the look and personality of Batwoman.

Max Martini as Jake Kane

Max Martini as Jake Kane

Max Martini (Pacific Rim) has a weariness to him that's perfect for Kate's dad, who starts as her mentor and ultimately becomes something of a rival.

Nathalie Emmanuel as Julia Pennyworth

Nathalie Emmanuel as Julia Pennyworth

Alfred's daughter Julia plays a similar role for Batwoman as her father does for Batman. Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones) is a delightful presence in everything, plus she'll look great in a suit.

Janina Gavankar as Safiyah

Janina Gavankar as Safiyah

Janina Gavankar (Sleepy Hollow, True Blood) isn't just a great actor, she's great at creating the aura of mystery that a character like Safiyah has to have.

Enrique Arce as Rafael

Enrique Arce as Rafael

Spanish character actor Enrique Arce (Knightfall) is just likable enough to play Rafael, who might actually be the only decent person on the island of Coryana.

Sibongile Mlambo as Tahani

Sibongile Mlambo as Tahani

Sibongile Mlambo (Lost in Space, Siren) is an actress who can shift effectively between likable and dangerous. As Tahani, who's also known as the Knife, she'll be particularly dangerous.

Derek Klena as Elder

Derek Klena as Elder

Elder and Younger are half-sibling twins (it's complicated) who run a vast criminal organization and generally seem pretty creepy. Derek Klena (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) has the perfect look for this sort of thing.

Stacy Martin as Younger

Stacy Martin as Younger

Like Derek Klena, Stacy Martin (Godard Mon Amour, All the Money in the World) is extremely good-looking in a way that can seem creepy depending on how she's styled, making them perfect as unsettling siblings.

Theo James as Colony Prime

Theo James as Colony Prime

Batwoman has no patience for her father's military protégé, and he doesn't need that much screen time either, but Theo James (Divergent) will get the point across.

Evan Rachel Wood as Alice

Evan Rachel Wood as Alice

Alice is really Elizabeth Kane, Kate's long lost identical twin. Evan Rachel Wood can absolutely handle both roles, and seeing her with the wildly different hair, makeup, and costumes in scenes with herself will be particularly striking.

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