Cartagena, who previously played Detective Montoya in the first season of Gotham, reacted to her casting announcement on Twitter. “I guess Renee Montoya and I have some unfinished business,” the actor said. “So very excited to join this new group of talented artists, writers & crew who are doing their thing over here! They have welcomed me wholeheartedly! Grateful, humbled, hype AF.”
Reports that Renee would be added to the cast surfaced in early July. Despite the shared casting, this iteration of Renee will not be the same as the one that appeared on Gotham. She will be “a former GCPD officer who left the force when she could no longer stomach the corruption inside the department. She now runs the ‘freaks division,’ which hasn’t seen a lot of action… until now.” The reports describes her as “righteous, pragmatic and LGBTQ+.”
Renee Montoya was created by Bruce Timm and Paul Dini for Batman: The Animated Series, where she was voiced by Ingrid Oliu and Liane Schirmer. She became a supporting character in the comics, which fleshed out her backstory as the daughter of Dominican immigrants and her status as an out lesbian. Renee has gone on to become a superhero in her own right and taken on the mantle of the Question. She made her live-action film debut in Birds of Prey, played by Rosie Perez.
Season 3 of Batwoman will air on The CW. It doesn’t yet have a release date.
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