Batwoman: Black Mask Confirmed As Season 2’s Big Bad

Batwoman Season 2 showrunner Caroline Dries confirms Black Mask for Season 2

It’s been almost a year since we saw Ewan McGregor portray Gotham City crime boss Black Mask in Warner Bros. Birds of Prey live-action film. The second season of The CW’s Batwoman series will now introduce a second live-action iteration of Black Mask to the series as one of its major villains alongside Safiyah. Black Mask will be accompanied by his False Face Society as well.

“We have a couple big bads this season,” Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries tells EW. “One, [who] we teed up midway through last season, is this woman Safiyah, and she’s sort of Alice’s Achilles’ Heel. And ultimately yes with the False Face Society, we will see the leader of this gang as Black Mask later on in the season.”

At the time of this writing, it has yet to be revealed who will portray the iconic Batman villain but Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries emphasizes Ryan Wilder will have a huge bone to pick with him due to her experience with drugs and the effects drugs can have on its user.


“While Ryan never used drugs, she was in a relationship where somebody was using drugs and it’s ultimately what got Ryan put away in jail. So, it’s this idea that Ryan is this innocent woman and if she were white, per se, she might not have had the same punishment [that] she, as an innocent Black woman, had to go through. That’s a huge piece of her backstory, so that’s something we’re exploring this year,” says Dries. “Batwoman has this particular vendetta against the False Face Society because the idea of drugs permeating the city and nobody taking any responsibility for it strikes at her core.”

With Alice, Safiyah, Victor Zsasz and now Black Mask and his False Face Society wreaking havoc across Gotham City, Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) will have her work cut out for her as she takes the mantle of Batwoman and aims to make it her own while protecting her city.


Batwoman Season 2 premieres this Sunday, January 17 at 8 pm ET.

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Source: Entertainment Weekly

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