“It’s entirely possible that Ryan Wilder decided to make his own superhero and wear a different costume, maybe the Black Mask would have left her alone. But certainly, that particular image – that symbol, that Batwoman costume – he passionately despises, so whoever chooses to put it on and assume the mantle of justice, they’re going to hate them, they’re going to want them dead, basically, ” Outerbridge explained. “I think her problem with him is that she had a lot of friends who died from drug use on the streets and here is this guy, he’s pushing drugs all over Gotham City so she really wants to bring it down. And she wants to do it as Batwoman, which just won’t happen for him. “It looks like everyone in Gotham City could end up on the wrong side of Black Mask. When Batwoman called him a “sadistic drug lord,” he claimed it was actually the city that was sadistic, not him. He claims to be a symbol of liberation. Pot, meet kettle.“I think what he does in his public personality is he plays the Gotham game. He’s trying to be, ‘I’m a white knight, I’m trying to say all the right things, I’m trying to chat with all the right people and stroke all their egos and be Gotham’s perfect son, “because that ‘is the perfect blanket for what it does at night, which is the complete antithesis, ”Outerbridge said. “So I think Roman Sionis, even himself – and this is where it gets a little tricky in terms of characterization – even Roman thinks he’s a hypocrite and in fact, in the comics, Black Mask.” completely abandons Roman Sionis. … I think Black Mask is really who he is and I think this Roman Sionis character is just a means to an end, isn’t he? Roman Sionis is in fact the mask of Black Mask. ”
As viewers learned on Sunday night, Black Mask’s plans involve Enigma, the character Safiyah used to wipe Alice and Ocean’s memories from each other during their time on Coryana. Outerbridge explained the connection of the characters on tiptoe, saying simply, “He’s definitely working with Enigma right now and it certainly has to do with his plans for Kate, for sure. ”
With just a few scenes from Season 2 pairing him up with Kate Kane – and Kate being too hurt to speak – it’s not clear if Black Mask is aware that she was the first Batwoman. If he doesn’t know, could it be a path to Jacob Wayne (Dougray Scott), the leader of the Crows? Could the two men have a past connection yet to be revealed?
“I think he knows Jacob. I think in terms of Gotham’s elite maybe he went to school with Jacob. He sure knows him from parties and galas and all that, but he too, as Black Mask, he puts the blame squarely on Jacob’s shoulders because Jacob was the head of the crows when his daughter was. [imprisoned]. So I think that’s really where her relationship with Jacob goes, ”Outerbridge said.
As a lifelong comic book fan, Outerbridge has spent a lot of time reading stories with the character. He knew so well that despite having received generic scripts for “Skull Face” opposite “Red Hood” during his audition, he understood who his character really was before the producers revealed it to him.
“I auditioned, got the part, which was fantastic, and then I started putting pieces together,” said Outerbridge, who quickly realized that “Skull Face” really wasn’t. only code for “Black Mask”. “He’s a big bad guy in the universe, so it’s a real honor to be able to try and bring him to life. But it was very – it was almost too easy because Caroline [Dries, Batwoman executive producer] and the writing team and designers did such a good job getting it off the page. The fans, I think, are going to be very happy with the way they portray him and it’s very, very true to the comics. So as long as I’m doing my job under the mask, it’s going to be fine. ”
Batwoman airs Sunday nights on The CW.