'Batwoman' Episode 7 trailer introduces Christina Wolfe as Julia Pennyworth, an odd casting choice as Alfred's daughter is biracial
'Batwoman' episode 7 will see Julia Pennyworth's (Christina Wolfe) first appearance on the show. The promo of the upcoming episode and exclusive pictures released by EW hint at Julia playing an important role in the upcoming episode, but that would be as far as Julia goes.
The actor who plays Julia in the show is only credited for one episode, so we shouldn't be expecting Julia to stay by Batwoman's side this early on in the show. The official description of the character reads, "crafty and quick-witted British secret service agent."
Further adding that she is someone who "shares a complicated past with Kate Kane, which impedes her mission as the two set sights on the same target." It is clear that Julia and Batwoman are honing in on the same villain in the coming episode, but who is it? We haven't got a look so far.
In the promo, we see Batwoman struggle with a hooded figure trying to get an upper hand and when the hoodie comes off, we see Julia emerge from the shadows. Once Batwoman realizes it is Julia, she says, "Figured Alfred would’ve taught you better manners." To this Julia replies, "Let’s leave my father out of this."
In the comics, Julia and Alfred Pennyworth initially do not get along well and are initially estranged. Julia began working with the Bat family -- Bruce Wayne and Kate Kane -- after Alfred got injured and she continued to work with Batwoman in tracking down a terrorist organization called Many Arms of Death.
Also to be noted is the fact that Julia is half-black in the comics, so Wolfe being cast is certainly odd. Julia is also speculated to be queer and attracted to Kate.
She was created by Scott Snyder and James Tynion IV and debuted as a part of the New 52 DC Universe in Batman (Volume 2) #28. There is another version of Julia, who is a white female character created by Gerry Conway and Don Newton, in Detective Comics #501.
She went by Julia Remarque. However, this Julia is not the one who has a distant relationship with her father or the one who works with Kate.
The next episode of 'Batwoman' will air on The CW at 8 pm ET.