It’s probably been the biggest unanswered question since Batwoman first debuted on The CW in 2019: When would Luke Fox become Batwing?
Well, not only do we now have our answer, but we have our first glimpse of what he’ll look like! Earlier today, The CW released two dramatic looking images showing actor Camrus Johnson suited up as Batwing, his high-flying alter ego known for boasting some of the Bat-Family’s most advanced technology.
According to The CW, Batwing will serve as Batwoman’s (Javicia Leslie) crime-fighting counterpart as they work to clean up the mess created in the season two finale. But before Luke Fox can fully embrace the awesome and powerful nature of his supersuit he must first overcome his own personal demons.
As fans who follow Batwoman know, Luke was recently gravely injured after being shot by a Crows agent when he intervened in a car robbery. The rest of season two, which concludes later this month, will see Luke embark on a journey that leads him to embrace the hero he was destined to become.
Johnson, like fans, is clearly excited to see Luke don the suit and is savoring the chance to add some more diversity to The CW’s broad lineup of DC heroes. In a statement released with the images, he said, “Honestly, it’s hard to explain how much it means to me to wear the Batwing suit and officially play my first superhero. The main reason I wanted to be in Batwoman was for this opportunity—to give kids like me another black hero to look up to and relate to. It’s hard not to smile when I catch myself in the mirror with the bat symbol on my chest, and I’ll keep smiling through every fight scene, every awesome stunt, and every Gotham night where Batwing is finally in the field!”
“I've been looking forward to seeing Batwing since we decided to make Luke Fox a fundamental part of our Bat Team way back in the pilot development stages,” added Batwoman executive producer, Caroline Dries. “I can speak for Cam when I say, So has he! But this character couldn't come out of nowhere. We built this character from a deeply personal and complicated Luke story that we began setting up in season one, and I look forward to unfolding it over the course of season three.”
Batwing was technically first introduced to the DC Universe in Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham’s Batman, Incorporated in 2011, although the Luke Fox iteration of the character didn’t arrive until 2013, in the pages of his self-titled New 52 comic. Since then, Batwing has played a significant role in the weekly Bat-series, Batman Eternal, as well as in James Tynion’s run on Detective Comics. He made his animated debut in the DC Universe movie, Batman: Bad Blood, and can be found in the just-released issue #4 of Batman: Urban Legends in a short comic written by none other than Johnson. Along with incorporating advanced technology into his suit that allows him to fly, Batwing is also typically a peerless martial artist, able to stand toe-to-toe with the best of the Bat-Family.
Batwoman’s Batwing suit conceptualized by costume designer Maya Mani with assistance from Diana Patterson and illustrator Andy Poon. The suit was created by Ocean Drive Leather and the helmet was sculpted by James Fairley at Amazing Ape. Mani’s hardly a stranger to the Arrowverse, having designed costumes for Arrow, The Flash and DC Legends of Tomorrow, along with her work on Batwoman.
“I wanted the Batwing suit to represent the bond between father and son, to show the love and respect that Lucius Fox had for his son, Luke,” said Mani. “It was conceived within the realm of a child’s imagination; the suit is a bit fantastical and based on the whimsy of a young boy’s dream—complete with rocket boosters and hidden bits that pop out! The Batwing suit represents the combined talents of a solid team who all came together and met the many challenges of encompassing lights, moving parts and the need for mobility head on, bringing this character to life.”
While it’s unclear when exactly we’ll first be seeing the Batwing suit in action, Batwoman’s season two finale will air on June 27th, so it shouldn’t be too long. The series has also been greenlit for next season, where we’ll presumably be seeing a lot of Gotham’s newest superhero.
So, Arrowverse fans, it’s your turn to sound off! Do you like the Batwing suit! Are you ready to see Luke Fox get out from behind the Bat-Computer? And how do you think the Crows will respond to yet another vigilante hitting the streets? Let us know your thoughts in the DC Community and be sure to tune into Batwoman Sunday nights at 9 p.m. (8 p.m. CST) on The CW!