BREAKING: Victoria Cartagena Cast as Renee Montoya in CW’s Batwoman Season 3

by Joshua Raynor
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The CW’s Batwoman has added another fantastic character to its roster for season three in the form of Renee Montoya. Victoria Cartagena has been tapped for the role, which is being described as “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. Righteous and pragmatic, and LGBTQ+, she’s a woman with a very personal (and mysterious) mission to help clean the streets of Gotham in the right way, by whatever means necessary.”

Now, some of you may be thinking to yourself “didn’t she play Renee Montoya on the FOX series Gotham?” Well, you’d be right. Cartagena did previously play this same character on the hit series Gotham, but I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, as this will NOT be any relation to that version. It is not a crossover, Gotham is not being brought into the Arrowverse (or the CWverse, as they want it to be called now).

Victoria Cartagena as Renee Montoya on ‘Gotham’

However, if it eases your mind, just think of this as the CW Earth’s Renee Montoya and the other as the Gotham Earth’s version, both existing within the multiverse, which would explain why they look the same. We’ve seen this happen so many times within the Arrowverse, so why not apply that logic here as well. Now, I have no confirmation as to whether or not this is the case, but it makes sense to me and allows me to move past it. It also helps that Gotham is no longer on the air, so there won’t be any double duty going on for the character.

My hope is that, since she’s working in the “freaks division,” we will get to see Montoya working along side Vic Sage (aka The Question), and perhaps even take over the mantle, as she did in the comics.

We recently saw Montoya on the big screen, portrayed by Rosie Perez in last year’s Birds of Prey (and the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn), so it seems like DC is really looking to showcase this character for some reason.

No matter what happens with this new version of the character, it won’t be long before we get the chance to see her in action, as season 3 of Batwoman is set to debut on The CW on October 13.


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