New Batwoman sneak peek features looks at villains Hush and Magpie

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

New York City Comic-Con is officially underway, and you know what that means. It means that lots of comic and superhero-related news is sure to be coming down the pike. As a way of leading up to the event, the CW has unleashed a new featurette for BATWOMAN, the network's latest super-powered show starring Ruby Rose as Kate Kane / Batwoman.

While the promo gives us a great look at Batwoman in action, it also features a number of villains that are set to make Kate's life in Gotham a living hell for the foreseeable future. At the head of the tea party table is Alice (Rachel Skarsten), a character created by Greg Rucka and J.H. Williams for DC Comics. Typically dressed in Victorian attire, Alice is often heard reciting lines from author Lewis Carroll's timeless works. While her identity was kept a mystery from readers for some time, it was later revealed that Alice is indeed Kate's sister, Beth Kane.

Also making her way into the featurette is Magpie (Rachel Matthews), who's real name, according to the DC Wikia, is Margaret Pye. The site also notes that Margaret always had an obsessive fascination with shiny objects. As a child, she was teased for her obsession and given the nickname Magpie; a bird that is known to collect shiny things. Years later, Margaret became a curator at the Gotham City Museum where she was constantly surrounded by shining displays that she could not have. Driven mad by the fact she wasn't able to obtain the displays, Margaret began a life of crime as the thief Magpie. In the video, Magpie can be seen ascending a set of stairs while giving Batwoman the slip.

Lastly, we find Tommy Elliot (Gabriel Mann) making his way into the trailer, who in time is revealed to be the villain Hush. Created by Jeph Loeb, Jim Lee and Scott Williams, Hush made his Batman comics debut in the pages of Batman #609. In time, Hush became a fan-favorite villain amongst the Caped Crusader's comic readers. As for his origin, Dr. Thomas "Tommy" Elliot was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne. At a very young age, Thomas tried to kill his parents as part of an effort to inherit their fortune, thereby mirroring aspects of Bruce's life. After his plan failed, Thomas blamed Bruce, and began hatching a plan to exact his revenge. You can peep Thomas toward the latter end of the featurette.

BATWOMAN, written by Caroline Cries and developed by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. The series will have its CW premiere on Sunday, October 6 and will air on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

Source: The CW

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Born and raised in New York, then immigrated to Canada, Steve Seigh has been a editor, columnist, and critic since 2012. He started with Ink & Pixel, a column celebrating the magic and evolution of animation, before launching the companion YouTube series Animation Movies Revisited. He's also the host of the Talking Comics Podcast, a personality-driven audio show focusing on comic books, film, music, and more. You'll rarely catch him without headphones on his head and pancakes on his breath.