Batwoman Revives An Obscure Golden Age DC Villain

What's old is new again. As Batwoman reinvents an obscure DC Villain

What’s old is new again when it comes to the new CW Batwoman series because this Sunday’s episode will feature a villain from the golden age of DC comics in the form of ‘The Executioner’.

In the sixth episode, which is titled ‘I’ll Be Judge, I’ll Be Jury,’ The Executioner will arrive in Gotham City. For those not in the know. The Executioner only made one appearance in the comics and it was in 1953 in #191 of Detective Comics. Created by Dick Sprang. The Executioner was the vigilante alias of carnival worker Willy Hooker. In the comic, he would release dangerous criminals from prison so he could hunt, catch and kill them in order to collect the reward for stopping them.

Prior to Batwoman. We got to see another version of The Executioner in Gotham. This version was played by Michael Chiklis and was a departure from the character’s true origins. In Gotham, The Executioner’s real name was Nathanial Barnes, who was the Gotham City police Captain prior to being infected by the Alice Tetch virus, which unleashed his murderous desires. Of course, he was eventually stopped by Jim Gordon when he tried to murder everyone in Arkham.

At present, it is unknown who will play this new iteration of the character, but it will be interesting to see a new take on a very underused character.

The Executioner as he will appear in Batwoman

You can check out the official episode synopsis below:

NOTHING AS IT SEEMS — A disturbing death has Gotham reeling and the city reaches out for their new vigilante hero. Luke (Camrus Johnson) confides in Kate (Ruby Rose), while Sophie (Meagan Tandy) asks Jacob (Dougray Scott) for a special assignment. Alice (Rachel Skarsten) continues her nefarious plot against the Kanes, with Catherine (Elizabeth Anweis) being a conduit to part of her plan. Batwoman pays another visit to Mary (Nicole Kang). Scott Peters directed the episode written by James Stoteraux and Chad Fiveash (#106). Original airdate 11/10/2019.

Batwoman stars Ruby Rose, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, Elizabeth Anweis and Nicole Kang. The series airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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