WARNING: The following contains major spoilers for “Gore on Canvas,” the latest episode of Batwoman, which aired on The CW on Sunday.
The Joker may be dead, but his legacy lives on in the Arrowverse. In “Gore on Canvas,” the latest episode of BatwomanGotham’s new Scarlet Knight found herself on a mission to retrieve a painting by none other than Jack Napier, one of the many Joker’s names. However, he quickly realized that he was not the only person looking for him, as he came across the Ravens and a new villain named Spider Wolf.
Unbeknownst to Team Batwoman and the Ravens, Wolf Spider is actually Evan Blake, an old friend of Kate Kane. Blake used the alias to commit a number of harmless crimes in the city, including vandalism of public property like Banksy’s own version of Gotham. Raven Commander Jacob Kane and Agent Sophie Moore inadvertently tipped them off about the painting’s significance when they were invited to Jacob’s office to discuss it, hoping that Blake could help them locate it.
“Our theory is that if we find the object, it will lead us to its captor,” Sophie explained. “Kate was looking for a canvas painted by Jack Napier, aka the Joker. You know that, right?”
“I know the legend,” Blake confirmed. “A psychotic criminal breaks into the house, splashes the owners’ guts on an old painting in the hallway, and calls it modern art. It’s a bit irritating, if you ask me.”
“Not to mention that it is illegal to buy, sell or possess, as it was stolen from an active crime scene,” he added.
When they realized they were being questioned, Blake had had enough. They scoffed at the idea of being connected to a criminal group called the Collective and stormed out of Jacob’s office without even looking back. However, the meeting left an impression, and Blake sought to use his Wolf Spider alter ego to steal the painting themselves.
Blake encountered some resistance from Ryan Wilder, who also arrived on the scene to learn more about Napier’s painting. On advice from one of Jacob’s sources, Ryan showed up at an auction for collective art in plain clothes. He used some of Luke’s gadgets to analyze the painting, revealing that the blood on top of the canvas concealed a map of Coryana, the hidden island of Safiyah. However, in order to properly locate Coryana, he needed to steal the painting and bring it back to the Batcave for further testing.
Unfortunately for Ryan, Blake beat him to it. Disguised as the Wolf Spider, Blake swooped in and ripped the painting off its frame, hoping to use it to help find Kate. However, Ryan did not know their intentions, so he set out to stop them. They came to blows, but Wolf Spider managed to slip away when the kryptonite poisoning on her shoulder made her hesitate.
Wolf Spider’s escape did not last long. Thanks to a tentative partnership between Batwoman and the Ravens, two officers chased after them and abruptly stopped the pursuit by hitting Blake with their car. The painting was taken from him, leaving Blake wounded and unconscious at the scene, prompting Ryan to swear that he would never work with the Ravens again.
For all that, the operation was a failure. It turns out that the painting stolen by the Ravens was a fake. “It turns out that no one received Napier’s painting,” Mary told Blake while tending to his injuries. “It was a forgery … Batwoman took a sample of the organic compound that was painted on the original canvas, and it was pig’s blood.”
“Napier would never have used pig blood,” sighed Blake.
“Good. So the Ravens ended up with a decoy copy, and the original is still out there, and so is Kate,” Mary said.
Although the painting was fake, the real one ended up in familiar hands. Ocean: the object of Alice’s affections Y murderous intent – revealed that he has the true copy when they fled from
While Napier’s painting is still up for grabs, it may take a while before someone gets their hands on it. After all, Alice and Ocean are now on the run from, which means they will want to stay hidden for a while. Also, Alice wants Kate all to herself, for the sole purpose of killing her twin sister, so it is unlikely that she will hand Coryana a map to anyone else, unless she has to.
Of course, the name “Jack Napier” will be familiar to fans of Tim Burton. bat Man film. In the 1989 film, Napier is the name of a Gotham mobster who has a fight with his boss. During the subsequent showdown between the gangsters, the Gotham police, and Batman, Napier fell into a vat of chemicals, which transformed him into the Joker, a permanent smile and all. Although Joker does not have a true origin in the comics, he has occasionally used “Jack Napier” as an alias, in homage to the ’89 film.
Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, Rachel Skarsten as Alice, Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox, Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane, and Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton-Kane. The new episodes air Sundays at 8 p.m. ET / PT on The CW.
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