Elseworlds ‘Arrow’ Hour Two: Melissa Benoist and Ruby Rose Talk Supergirl and Batwoman Friendship
December 9, 2018
Friendship has always been a staple in the Arrowverse. From Oliver and Tommy to Barry and Cisco, you can’t have superheroes with a good old super pal. It looks like Melissa Benoist’s Supergirl has found one in Ruby Rose’s Batwoman.
Who remembers Batman vs. Superman? I unfortunately do. I also remember them fighting until they realised they both had mothers with the same forename. Superman’s adoptive mother was Martha Kent while Batman’s mother was Martha Wayne.
For two members of the future Justice League, couldn’t they have found something worthwhile to argue over? Like… what their cousins might think?
We know Superman’s cousin is Kara Zor-El a.k.a Supergirl thanks to the Arrowverse. But, what about Batman? Most people aren’t aware the Dark Knight has a cousin in Batwoman a.k.a Kate Kane. We knew a friendship was likely because Melissa posted a rather cheery image of her and Ruby on set.
With the Elseworlds crossover coming up, Supergirl star, Melissa Benoist and newcomer, Ruby Rose spoke to Entertainment Weekly about the friendship Supergirl and Batwoman end up forming.
We knew a friendship was likely because Melissa posted a rather cheery image of her and Ruby on set.
Before we dive deeper into Melissa and Ruby’s interview, here’s a little Batwoman trivia:
Batwoman started out as Katherine ‘Kathy’ Kane before her nickname was changed to Kate. Also, Kate’s aunt is Martha Wayne, the sister of her father.
[Please note this next section contains spoilers for Elseworlds.]
Elseworlds will introduce Ruby’s Batwoman during the Arrow episode, Hour Two. Kate is the leading vigilante in Gotham City since her cousin, Batman disappeared three years earlier. Because of Bruce’s MIA status, she’s currently running Wayne Enterprises.
With Barry, Oliver, and Kara’s arrival in her city, Kate isn’t happy. Kara, being the only woman of the trio, manages to befriend the Kane/Wayne heiress.
Melissa mentions in the EW interview she and Ruby did a one-on-one scene inside Wayne Enterprises together. Here’s what she said:
“We shot a scene in Wayne Enterprises together, and it was just the two of us, just these two women breaking the ice with each other. It’s rare that I get scenes like that. I have scenes like that with Grant and Stephen all the time, but I was very excited to do that with another strong female.”
“I’ve not really gotten to have scenes like this with other female characters [like] Sara Lance [Caity Lotz] or Black Canary [Juliana Harkavy]. In the way that Barry and Kara are so light and such good friends, I think Kate and Kara have a lot more in common and can really understand each other.”
Ruby agreed, saying:
“It was nice because when Kara met Kate, it was in Kate’s space, and it was fun because there’s this power dynamic,”
“You got someone like Kara, who is just so sweet and nice, and I think [with] Kate, who is not one to trust people and doesn’t really have a lot of time for what’s happening right now, you see it’s impossible not to be charmed by Kara. You see the warmth in what I think would be a budding friendship. But it’s also really fun making Melissa/Kara uncomfortable.”
What makes the potential friendship between these two female characters special is how different they are. One comes from a different planet, while the other comes from a wealthy family.
“Kate Kane is a very different personality from her, but what I think she appreciates and empathizes with is her experience as a woman, being a hero, and I think she also sees a lot of herself and the struggles she went through in becoming her own hero in Kate,”
She finished with:
“There’s a lot of kinship there.”
Ruby agreed, saying:
“You have someone like Kate, who is very much a force to be reckoned with and, I think, intimidates the boys a little bit. With Kara, I think it’s more like she thinks it’s cool. She’s like, ‘Wow, there’s another girl out there. This is awesome.’ I know Supergirl herself doesn’t like the vigilante-type characters, so I was glad that we actually had a mutual understanding.”
The Arrow hour of the crossover will serve as a backdoor pilot for the Batwoman spin-off, which we hopefully will see in 2019.
Hour Two of the Elseworlds crossover will air on December 10 in America on The CW.