Black Masks made his grand debut in Batwoman Season 2 episode “Rule #1,” and that debut is unhealthy information for Kate Kane. The episode revealed the famed DC villain, performed by Nikita star Peter Outerbridge, is holding the battered, bruised and barely shifting plane-crash survivor Kate (who’s now being performed by actress Wallis Day of Krypton) in a grimy cell, and plotting one thing sinister for the Wayne household heiress.
“He has plans for Kate,” Outerbridge instructed IGN. “I am unable to actually discuss them proper now, however there are undoubtedly massive plans in retailer for Kate. … He performs a really lengthy finish recreation.”
Sunday evening’s episode of the Arrowverse collection supplied some helpful particulars in regards to the Season 2 Batwoman villain’s backstory and his plans for Gotham Metropolis. The False Face kingpin is a ruthless crime boss with razor-thin (or ought to we are saying industrial saw-thin) persistence for underlings who cannot full a job (like discovering a witness to a homicide). He additionally blames the Crows for the imprisonment of his daughter — and Batwoman particularly for her demise — carrying that grudge over to the brand new girl within the Scarlet Knight cowl: Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie).
“It is fairly attainable had Ryan Wilder simply determined to create her personal superhero and worn a unique costume perhaps the Black Masks would’ve left her alone. However definitely, that specific picture – that image, that Batwoman costume – he despises with a ardour, so anyone who chooses to place it on and assume the mantle of righteousness, he will hate them, he will need them lifeless, principally,” Outerbridge defined. “I feel her beef with him is she had lots of associates who died from drug use on the streets and here is this man, he is pushing medication throughout Gotham Metropolis, so she actually desires to take him down. And she or he desires to do it within the guise of Batwoman, which is simply not going to occur for him.”
It appears everybody in Gotham Metropolis might find yourself on the improper facet of Black Masks. When Batwoman known as him a “sadistic drug lord,” he claimed it is truly town that is sadistic, not him. He claims to be a logo of liberation. Pot, meet kettle.
“I feel that what he is doing in his public persona is he is enjoying the Gotham recreation. He is making an attempt to be, ‘I am a white knight, I am making an attempt to say all the correct issues, I am making an attempt to schmooze with all the correct folks and stroke all their egos and be the proper Gotham son,’ as a result of it is the proper cowl for what he does at evening, which is the whole antithesis,” Outerbridge mentioned. “So, I feel Roman Sionis, even he himself – and that is the place it will get form of tough when it comes to characterization – even Roman thinks he’s a hypocrite and actually, within the comedian books, finally Black Masks abandons Roman Sionis utterly. … I feel that Black Masks is absolutely actually who he’s and I feel this character of Roman Sionis is only a means to an finish, proper? Roman Sionis is definitely the masks of Black Masks.”
As viewers discovered on Sunday evening, Black Masks’s plans contain Enigma, the character Safiyah used to wipe Alice and Ocean’s recollections of one another throughout their time on Coryana. Outerbridge tip-toed round explaining the characters’ connection, merely saying, “He is definitely working with Enigma proper now and that undoubtedly has to do along with his plans for Kate for certain.”
With solely a few Season 2 scenes pairing him with Kate Kane – and Kate being too harm to talk – it isn’t clear if Black Masks is conscious that she was the primary Batwoman. If he does not know, might she be a pathway to Jacob Wayne (Dougray Scott), the pinnacle of the Crows? Might the 2 males have a previous connection but to be revealed?
“I feel that he is aware of Jacob. I feel when it comes to the Gotham elite, he might need gone to highschool with Jacob. He definitely is aware of him from the events and the galas and all that stuff, however he additionally, as Black Masks, he places the blame squarely on Jacob’s shoulders as a result of Jacob was the pinnacle of the Crows when his daughter was [imprisoned]. So, I feel that that is actually the place his relationship with Jacob goes,” Outerbridge mentioned.
As a lifelong comedian ebook fan, Outerbridge spent loads of time studying tales with the character. He was so nicely versed that regardless of being given generic scripts for “Cranium Face” reverse “Pink Hood” in his audition, he found out who his character truly was earlier than the producers revealed it to him.
“I did the audition, I obtained the half, which was improbable, after which I began placing items collectively,” mentioned Outerbridge, who rapidly realized “Cranium Face” was actually simply code for “Black Masks.” “He is a giant villain within the universe so it is an actual honor to really be capable of type of attempt to deliver him to life. However it’s been very – it has been nearly too simple as a result of Caroline [Dries, Batwoman executive producer] and the writing group and the designers have executed such a superb job of bringing him off the web page. The followers, I feel, are going to be actually pleased with the best way they’re portraying him and it is very, very true to the comics. So so long as I am doing my job beneath the masks, it will come off OK.”
Batwoman airs Sunday nights on The CW.