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(2019)

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Alice smashes the Bat-Signal, explaining why the one in Elseworlds looks different.
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Tommy says to Kate he paid someone to "riddle" him the answer to Batman's secret identity, an obvious reference to Edward Nygma, aka The Riddler. In the comics, the Riddler figures out Batman's secret identity as Bruce Wayne and reveals it to Tommy. Armed with this information, Tommy (as Hush) and the Riddler team up to take Batman down.
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Showrunner Caroline Dries revealed why Tommy Elliot was the perfect Batman villain to introduce first: "[Kate and Tommy have] known each other in the past, but it brings Tommy into the Batman story on our show because he wants to kill Batman," says Dries. "Tommy seemed like the perfect villain because at the time when he arrives, Gotham doesn't know about Batwoman. They think it's been Batman [because] she's only appeared in this elusive, nebulous, shadowy way, so the city is confused, as is Tommy. So it made sense that a Batman villain would want to come to town to kill Batman, [and] that lures Tommy Elliot into Kate's life." She continues: "What made Tommy unique is that not only does he have a vendetta against Batman, but he also was very, very close with Bruce Wayne, seeing as how they were childhood best friends. So, it was helpful for the story that he thinks Bruce Wayne is back because Batman is back, and it just sort of triggered this detective story for us in the writers room and for Kate to figure out."
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Alice tells Kate that the red she is sporting on the Batwoman symbol, the lipstick and wig comes from the color of their birthstone. In the comics when her father gave Kate the suit, Kate notes "red and black...gevurah, the pillar of severity...the colors of war."
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The way Alice disguises herself as a Crow officer is similar to what the Joker does in The Dark Knight (2008), disguising himself as an armed guard when attempting to assassinate the mayor.
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"Candy" or "Candy Kane" was Kate's cadet nickname in the comics; here, Tommy Elliot calls her the same thing.
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At the end, Kate is seen on the top of Wayne Tower, meaning that the episode takes place at the same time as The Flash: Elseworlds, Part 1 (2018).
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The way Alice destroys the Bat-Signal is similar to how Commissioner Gordon destroys it in The Dark Knight (2008).
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The building used for the exterior of the Gotham Gazette is the same one used for the exterior of the Daily Planet in the show Smallville (2001).
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When Alice says that she "lost her pocket watch", this is a Mad Hatter reference. Another Lewis Carroll reference comes into play when she claims Beth has gone down, down, down the rabbit hole.
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Tommy quoting Aristotle is a detail plucked directly from the comics, as is his resentment for Bruce's wealth. Moreover, Tommy's creepy reference to friends being one soul in two bodies might be foreshadowing or a reference to the plastic surgery he got in the comics to make himself look just like Bruce Wayne.
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Sophie is the first person to say "Batwoman" on the show.
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The Batman mannequin laying outside the steps of a building in broad daylight is similar to The Dark Knight (2008).
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Much of Tommy Elliot's background matches his comic book persona right down to how he "hushes" Kate when they first meet.
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Vesper Fairchild's line towards the end of the episode where she is wondering what to call the new bat may have included "Bat Lady" and "Bat Chick", but she did not call her by her actual name or even "Batgirl", which has been used by many crime-fighters as well.
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Rachel Skarsten learned the cello in secondary school; that really was her playing.
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A younger version of Tommy Elliot appeared on Fox's DC show Gotham (2014).
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Tommy's line about wanting Batman not his "side piece" is likely a reference to the origin of the original Batwoman, Kathy Kane. Kathy Kane was created as a love interest for Batman, in response to rumors of Batman and Robin being gay.
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Gabriel Mann (Tommy Elliot) did the voice of Bruce Banner on the Marvel animated shows Wolverine and the X-Men (2008) and The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (2010).
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Alice gets Kate's attention by shining the Bat-Signal on Wayne Tower, very similar to how Renee Montoya as The Question shines it on Kate's apartment at the very end of 52 (in the comics). She then proceeds to make hand puppets on the signal, similar to the Joker in Batman: The Telltale Series (2016).
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The police call for the fake body at the Gotham Gazette is referred to as a 10-54. In at least some jurisdictions, that's the proper code for "possible fatality".
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Director Dermott Downs also directed an episode of Gotham (2014).
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In the Batman comic books, Thomas "Tommy" Elliot, as introduced in the 2002-2003 'Hush' storyline by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee, is a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne and a renowned brain surgeon. His surgical skills play a key role in the story, and he is respected and admired by the public. (In this show Elliot is presented as a self-important "1%er".) In the comics, the car crash involving Elliot's parents occurred when he and Bruce were still young (well before Bruce's Batman days), and it was Dr. Thomas Wayne, not Batman, whom Elliot blamed for the outcome.
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Batwoman emerges, red hair and all, as her clear, own identity, and is referred to as such from here on.
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