What’s the origin of Alice, villain of the CW’s Batwoman, in DC Comics?

The CW’s Batwoman collection wastes no time in attending to all the trappings of her origin story, and that features Alice, the heroine’s simply-named archvillain. But who’s Alice, actually? And what’s her fascination with Batwoman’s father, Jacob Kane?

Here’s what we find out about the Lewis Carroll-quoting High Madame of Crime, from the comics.

[Ed. be aware: This article incorporates come comics info that could possibly be thought-about spoilers for Batwoman on the CW.]


Alice, Batwoman’s nemesis, fires two pistols at the viewer, a wild, smiling expression on her face, in Detective Comics #855, DC Comics (2009).

Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III/DC Comics

Alice made her first look as the major villain of Elegy, a 2009 story arc from Detective Comics, in an period when Kate Kane, as Batwoman, headlined the venerable collection, and never Bruce Wayne. Alice was the ruthless chief of a worshipful felony syndicate, and she or he appeared extraordinarily unhinged; she spoke solely in quotes from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Alice and Batwoman clashed a number of instances, till the hero lastly prevailed and saved Gotham City from a chemical assault. But that victory led Kate to a stunning realization: Alice was her twin sister, Beth, who had died after they have been 12 years previous. Or so she thought.

Alice’s villain origin story

A core half of Kate Kane’s origin story is that when she was younger, she, her mom, and her sister have been kidnapped by terrorists, and solely Kate survived. The expertise solidified her drive to comply with in her dad and mom’ footsteps to affix the armed forces and serve a larger good. At the finish of Elegy, Kate found that her sister had secretly been taken in by the terrorist group, and her particular forces-trained father had looked for his daughter for years with out discovering her.

But he additionally by no means advised Kate that Beth was presumably nonetheless alive, nor that the foe she’d been combating all that point was probably her sister. And that drove a reasonably important wedge between Kate and Jacob for a really very long time. It’s Kate’s dearest want to rescue her sister, get her the psychological assist she wants, and convey her again into the household.

What are Alice’s motivations?

So far, in the Batwoman present, Alice desires to take down her father’s non-public safety enterprise. In the comics, whereas Jacob Kane does have an in depth community of spec ops contacts, he’s retired, and Alice’s motivations are fairly totally different. So totally different, in truth, I’d be stunned in the event that they wound up in the present.

Alice is one of the leaders of the Religion of Crime

The Religion of Crime was launched in the collection 52, in which Batwoman debuted. It was basically a global felony cabal that was actually, actually severe about mysticism. Adherents adopted the Crime Bible (sure), a non secular textual content that espoused pillars of religion like deceit, lust, greed, and homicide, as exemplified in the life of Cain, the first assassin. (It’s closely implied that the Crime Bible is a few type of software of brokers of Darkseid, presumably created and disseminated to make humanity extra prone to the forces of Apokolips.)

As a frontrunner of Gotham’s Religion of Crime covens, Alice’s motivations are, nicely, to do loads of crime, however she additionally took the reins on the group in a time of turmoil. In 52, the Religion of Crime believed that the Crime Bible foretold their nice victory over Batwoman, however after she survived a ritualized stabbing in the coronary heart, many adherents in Gotham misplaced religion.

So Alice confirmed up in Elegy to do crime, of course, but in addition to battle Batwoman and restore the energy of the Religion of Crime. How a lot of that winds up in Batwoman on the CW, solely time will inform.

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