While Batwoman’s Season 1 finale episode “O, Mouse!” wasn’t originally planned to be the season finale, it certainly delivers a finale-worthy cliffhanger. This episode finally gives us our first look at the Arrowverse’s version of Bruce Wayne, even if it’s not quite in the way you might expect.
Read on to learn how Season 1 ends, but beware of spoilers ahead for Batwoman: Season 1, Episode 20!
Bruce Wayne’s Face Revealed
The Arrowverse’s version of Bruce Wayne has been shrouded in mystery. It wasn’t until Arrow: Season 6 that we even got direct confirmation Bruce exists in this world, and only with the Elseworlds crossover was it confirmed he was ever active as Batman. What little we know about the perpetually MIA Batman comes from his small handful of friends and allies like Luke Fox, Julia Pennyworth and Kate Kane herself. We know Bruce gave up being Batman and has been in hiding for three years. And according to Luke, Bruce went over the edge and killed the Joker at some point before his disappearance.
While Crisis on Infinite Earths showed us a Bruce Wayne in the form of Kevin Conroy’s aged, murderous Bruce from Earth-96, we’ve never seen the Bruce Wayne of Earth-Prime before (unless you count that quick Batman flashback in Batwoman’s pilot episode). That finally changes in Batwoman’s season finale, as actor Warren Christie takes over one of the most iconic superhero roles of all time.
Tommy Elliot Becomes Bruce Wayne
There’s a significant twist, though. Christie isn’t technically playing Bruce Wayne in this episode. “O, Mouse!” ends with Kate’s nemesis Alice surgically attaching a new face to the scarred visage of Tommy Elliot, Bruce’s former childhood friend and now the deranged killer known as Hush. That new face just so happens to be a perfect replica of Bruce Wayne’s. Ironically, after spending so many years being jealous of Bruce Wayne, Tommy now has the opportunity to actually be Bruce Wayne.
This is a plot point explored in comics like Batman: Heart of Hush, where Elliot used his plastic surgery skills to make himself look like Bruce and attempted to steal his old friend’s fortune. Later, Hush resurfaced during a period where Batman was believed dead and briefly managed to take over the role of Bruce Wayne in the public spotlight. Eventually, though, he was defeated and his new face was ruined.
Hush in Batwoman: Season 2
Like the rest of the Arrowverse, Batwoman won’t be returning for a new season until 2021. However, this cliffhanger gives us a pretty good idea of one of the major plot threads in Season 2. Based on the source material, we can expect Tommy to play his new look to his full advantage. He’ll no doubt begin impersonating Bruce and pretend to be Gotham’s favorite son returning after a long absence. In the process, he’ll no doubt try to take control of Wayne Enterprises, which could also give his new ally Alice a hand on the wheel of Gotham’s most powerful corporate empire.
As Tommy’s power grab unfolds, we’ll no doubt see Kate and Luke struggle with the apparent return of the long-lost Bruce Wayne and try to figure out the truth. And given that Kate recently encountered a doppelganger of Alice, she may more willing to accept Bruce’s sudden return. The question then becomes – how deep will Tommy Elliot be able to work his way into Kate’s life before she discovers the truth?
Christie’s casting is also significant because it opens the door for the real Bruce Wayne to return. Who’s to say Christie won’t eventually be playing a dual role in Season 2? Some fans might have been hoping for Conroy to be cast as Earth-Prime’s Bruce, which would have made sense given that Batman seems to be much older than the Arrowverse’s current generation of heroes. But instead it seems the series is opting for a more youthful, comic book-inspired look for Bruce.
Regardless, the Arrowverse has been playing up the mystery of Bruce Wayne’s whereabouts for a long time now. We doubt Batwoman would introduce a Bruce Wayne lookalike without eventually debuting the real deal. Maybe this twist will even serve as fodder for the newly announced Batwoman/Superman & Lois crossover coming in 2021.
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