Safiyah arrives in Gotham
According to information from TVLine, the actress Shivaani Ghai (seen in The Catch, Dominion) has indeed been cast in order to bring the role of Safiyah to the screen. Does this name mean anything to you ? This is normal, the villain was regularly cited in season 1, which lets us think that the authors have a very specific idea behind their heads for a few months now.
Regarding this character, she is already described as ” the fiercely protective leader of a small community on the island of Coryana. She is a woman with as many enemies as aliases, she is compassionate, charismatic, capable of physical and psychological prowess “. But that's not all, Safiyah would also be ” adored by her own and will do anything to protect what belongs to her .”
Love story to come?
A description far from the image of the ultimate villain that one could imagine? Yes, and that's normal. In the comics, her treatment is much more subtle and reveals a softer / calm side of the character, to the point of seeing her begin a love affair with Kate Kane. And while it's true that this plot has been tweaked in the Arrowverse series for Alice's benefit, it's not foolish to expect to see her undergo a new onscreen twist next year.
After all, now that Ruby Rose (Kate Kane) has left Batwoman, the writers could logically use Ryan Wilder to bring that romance up to date. And when we remember that Alice seems scared by this famous Safiyah, at the same time we can expect some exciting tensions to follow.