WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You,” the latest episode of Batwoman.
Batwoman‘s Tommy Elliot has got a whole new look.
In “If You Believe in Me, I’ll Believe in You,” the latest episode, Alice made Tommy an offer he couldn’t refuse. In exchange for Lucius Fox’s journal, Alice offered him his freedom. In order to do that, she needed to make the world believe Tommy Elliot is dead. So, Alice cut Tommy’s face off and slapped it on another inmate, who was later found hanging in his cell.
As a result, Tommy’s face was left skinless and raw. To mitigate the damage, Alice wrapped his head in bandages, giving him his iconic look from the comics. Notably, his comics-accurate jacket was seen hanging on a hook in the office where Alice completed her handiwork. He did not wear his costume in the episode, although the promo for next week’s episode shows that will soon change.
In addition to removing his face, Alice promised Tommy a new one so he could find a new life outside of Arkham Asylum. However, he did not receive a new face from Alice during the episode. At the time of writing, it is unclear if Alice will make good on her word, especially seeing as she spent the episode explaining why she didn’t trust anyone. Plus, upon receiving Lucius’ journal, she discovered it was written in code — and it certainly wouldn’t be out of character if she took her frustrations out on Tommy.
Tommy, of course, debuted in Batwoman‘s third episode, “Down, Down, Down.” In the show’s canon, Tommy is a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne’s with a serious grudge against Batman. After all, when Tommy attempted to kill his rich parents for his inheritance, the Dark Knight managed to save his mother and left Tommy with the “burden” of taking care of her.
At some point along the line, Tommy discovered from Riddler that Bruce is Batman, and thus his grudge against Batman transferred over to Bruce as well. When Batwoman arrived in Gotham, he believed Bruce wasn’t far behind and tried to kill her with Bruce’s own Bat-armor-piercing weapon. Kate got the upper hand and Tommy was ultimately committed to Arkham Asylum, which is where he appeared in “A Narrow Escape.” His grudge against Bruce remains intact.
In the comics, Elliot was first introduced in 2003’s Batman #609 by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee as Hush. The villain was a childhood friend of Bruce Wayne, though in many ways serves as his foil. At a young age, the future villain attempted to kill his parents by cutting the brake line of their car, though his mother survived. He was eventually committed to a psychiatric ward, only to later return and attempt revenge against Bruce.
Created by Caroline Dries and developed by Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television, 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.
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