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It was years ago. I thought it was the right thing to do. You and Kate wouldn't stop looking. Kate was up all night. She wasn't going to school, she was refusing to eat. She wouldn't give up which wasn't living her life. The more despair that she felt, the more broken you became. You were both in a downward spiral, Jacob. You never would've moved on if you didn't think that Beth were dead. Hamilton employees found bones... from a deer. I payed the DNA analyst to write the report. The police, my investigators, the entire city had been looking for Beth without so much finding a sock, Jacob. She was gone.
~ Catherine confessing to Jacob that she faked his daughter's death.

Catherine Hamilton-Kane is a major antagonist in the TV series Batwoman, appearing as a major antagonist in Season 1 and a posthumous antagonist in Season 2. She was a corrupt philanthropist and businesswoman who was also the second wife of Jacob Kane, the mother of Mary Hamilton and the step-mother of Kate Kane. She is also partly responsible for the creation of Alice by faking her death.

She was portrayed by Elizabeth Anweis.

Biography

Early Life

Catherine Hamilton was born in 1974 in Gotham City and raised in a wealthy and prestigious family. After reaching adulthood, she inherited her family's company from her father, Hamilton Dynamics. On May 17, 1995 (at age 21), Catherine gave birth to a daughter, Mary, to an unknown man.

At some point in her life, Catherine began to occasionally hire a mercenary named Shane McKillen in order to do some dirty work for her.

Life with the Kanes

On January 26, 2003, after Gabi and Beth Kane were in a car accident and fell off a bridge into a river, Catherine, along with the whole city, helped the Kane family search for their bodies for months until Gabi's was found. It was then that she met and befriended Jacob Kane, Gabi's husband and Beth's father. After seeing Jacob and his surviving daughter, Kate Kane, mourning at Gabi's funeral and becoming increasingly obsessed in the search for Beth, Catherine decided to take the initiative to give them closure; she had some of her men recover skull fragments of a deer nearby Miller Farm and paid off a coroner to fake a DNA test in order to match them to Beth's DNA. As a result, the authorities and Jacob assumed Beth was dead, ending the search for her.

Afterwards, Catherine remained close to the Kanes, wanting to help Jacob cope with his sorrow and find a way to turn his pain into power. She funded and helped him found and build his private security company, Crows Security, to protect Gotham City from crime. Overtime, Catherine and Jacob's relationship intensified and eventually, they married on May 25, 2004, which was the hottest day of the year.

At some point, Catherine decided to commission Hamilton Dynamics to develop the Coil accelerator, a weapon that could penetrate the Batsuit should Batman ever become a threat. However, the project was put on hold after the Dark Knight mysteriously disappeared in 2015.

Prior to 2018, Catherine discovered that Mary opened an illegal clinic in Bennett Ave., using her medical expertise to provide health care to the poor. Catherine was very proud of her daughter but chose to keep Mary oblivious that she knew her secret. At an unknown point, Catherine earned the ire of Safiyah Sohail, the queen of Coryana, by reneging on a defence contract for the island. Safiyah sent the Many Arms of Death to attack one of Catherine's yachts to teach her a lesson. Little did Catherine know was that Beth was on the yacht waiting to confront her and get revenge for faking her death, before being taking to Coryana.

Arrival of Batwoman

In late 2018, Catherine attended the switching off of the Bat-Signal with her family. She was annoyed when her daughter took pictures with the protestors, warning Mary to stop embarrassing the former. Catherine greeted Jacob and went to make her speech to the city's elite. She declared that it was time to stop waiting for Batman and accept he would never return to Gotham before asking Mayor Michael Akins to turn off the signal. Suddenly, Catherine witnessed Alice and her Wonderland Gang crash the event, terrorizing the citizens and kidnapping Sophie Moore.

The next night after Kate Kane returned to Gotham City from her travels, Catherine organized a welcome-home party for her at the Kane penthouse. She happily greeted Kate, asking if it was okay making her step-daughter the center of attention. Catherine then urged Mary to join her in taking a photo with a councilwoman; she claimed if her family showed everyone they felt safe, then their clients in turn would feel safe as well.

The night after, Catherine attended the city's Movie in the Park event alongside her husband, witnessing a new Bat vigilante. The next morning, she read about the ordeal in the Gotham City Gazette. As a contingency against the new Bat, Catherine had the Coil accelerator project reinstated.

Return of Beth Kane

The following day during breakfast, Catherine spoke on the phone with a business acquaintance, remarking that she didn't like another company's response to Hamilton Dynamics' AR, and decided to pull out from their association to spark interest in Dubai. As Mary commented on Sophie being married to a man, asking out loud what was her actual sexual orientation was, Catherine politely told her to simply drop it. Kate then revealed to Jacob her suspicions that Alice was actually Beth, shocking everyone, especially Catherine.

That night, when Alice was arrested by the Crows at Burnside Park, on the way to Arkham Asylum, Catherine had the transfer truck bombed by Hamilton Dynamics on Loeb Bridge in an attempt on Beth's life in order to cover her past deed. Then, after Kate contacted Sophie to gave her Alice's butterfly knife she previously stole her to have it DNA tested, they got attacked by a group of thugs dressed as member of Wonderland gang, that manage to steal it back. However, Shane McKillen, the leader of said thugs and Catherine's apparent fixer, gave her the butterfly knife, receiving from her the order to destroy it.

A few days later, Catherine attended Tommy Elliot's party at the Elliot Tower and was approached by her daughter, who complained to her about the need of assigning her a bodyguard, to which Catherine replied it was inevitable as they lived in difficult times.

Few moments later, Jacob received a phone call from Alice, who revealed to be at their house; in panic, the man ordered his men to escort his family away and while Sophie Moore and Tyler took care of Mary he accompanied Catherine at the elevator. However due to Tommy having planted bombs on three elevators, the couple found themselves stuck inside one of it and were subsequently saved by Batwoman. Later that night, after they came back home, Catherine find some playing cards left by Alice in her bedroom; getting scared, she demanded Jacob to deal with her despite his concerns that she might be Beth.

Revealing the Truth

A few days later, Catherine went to a Jewish cemetery in Gotham City and watched as a backhoe dug up Beth's grave so she could retrieve the skull fragments that would prove she was still alive. As Catherine left, she was approached by Alice and her gang next to her car. The villainess asked if Jacob knew what was actually buried under Beth's grave. She blackmailed Catherine, promising to keep the woman's deeds to herself if Catherine gave her a top-secret weapon from Hamilton Dynamics. Alice warned Catherine to give said project (which she knew was the latter's idea idea) to her by 10pm the next night or Jacob would know all about how she convinced him that Beth was dead years ago.

In response, Catherine sent her men into one of Alice's lairs, but the Wonderland gang easily captured them. A few hours later, the group's leader, McKillen, met with Catherine in a parking garage to show her his severed wrist tendon, which was a message Alice intended to send her. McKillen told Catherine that she would have to go after Alice herself and left. Alice then called Catherine on her phone, taunting her that it was now "too late" before hanging up.

Catherine visited Jacob at his office, revealing that Alice came to her and was interested in Hamilton Dynamics' newest project. However, she refused to give such a weapon to a terrorist. The phone rang but Catherine, suspecting that it was Alice, begged Jacob not to answer it since she wanted him to hear the truth from her. Catherine finally revealed to her husband how 15 years ago, she made it seem his daughter was dead by passing off deer bone fragments as Beth's and bribing the coroner to manipulate the DNA test, so that he and Kate would move on. Jacob was furious and exited his office in anger, leaving Catherine in tears.

The next day, during a walk by the river with her daughter, Catherine also revealed to Mary the truth about faking the discovery of Beth's body for Jacob and Kate's sake. Mary was upset and deemed her mother's action as a "horrible thing" before storming off, leaving Catherine heartbroken once more.

A few days later, as Mouse infiltrated Hamilton Dynamics posing as Dean Deveraux and entered the room in which the company newest secret weapon was kept, he was immediately intercepted by a team of scientist and Catherine herself, who complimented "Deveraux" for having accomplished such a thing as making their coil accelerator work properly. She asked him how does he resolved a specific engineering problem and, being unable to answer it, the latter saves himself saying it was a classified information, to which Catherine reacted collegially pointing out that it could not be otherwise being it a weapon designed to penetrate the Batsuit.

Family Crisis

Because of what she did, Jacob asked for a divorce from Catherine and left Gotham in order to clear his mind and investigate August Cartwright. Catherine was accompanied to the proceedings by her reluctant daughter, who was angry over Jacob and Kate leaving them, to which Catherine tried to assure Mary that not everything would change. However, Mary stated she had yet to forgive her mother and wished to be anywhere but there with her. Catherine tried to explain she was acting as a mother in faking Beth's death when she received a call from Hamilton Dynamics. Catherine learned the coil accelerator had been stolen and Deveraux killed, much to her shock.

After Pyra Electrics employee Derek Holcomb was murdered too, Catherine realized the targets were individuals capable of replicating the coil accelerator, as it could penetrate Batwoman's suit. She went to speak with Jacob in his office and told him her discovery. He agreed to let Catherine know when the Crows retrieved the weapon and allowed her to oversee the operation after the coil accelerator was found in possession of the Rifle. The assassin had a confrontation with "Batwoman", though the weapon was not found. Afterwards, Catherine managed to convince Jacob to hold off on filing for divorce for both their daughters' sake. She assured him that no matter how difficult things were, they could face them as long as they were together. Unbeknownst to Catherine though, "Jacob" was really Mouse in disguise as a part of Alice's machinations for her "tea party".

Sacrifice and Death

Having to receive the Humanitarian Award during Gotham's annual Humanitarian Ball, Catherine went to the Orpheum Theatre with her daughter Mary and the man she believed to be Jacob, who was actually Mouse. While in their limousine on the way over, they had a toast of champagne in her honor. Later, at the gala she was introduced to the audience by Dr. Ethan Campbell and started to make her speech. However, at some point, she noticed Alice between the audience and on her teleprompter appeared a message from the villainess informing her that the Wonderland gang had infiltrated the Crows and was now surrounding the building, thus, forcing her, in order to avoid anyone to get harmed, to admit all of her crimes in front of the audience declaring to be the real villainess of Gotham together with her husband. Then she started to feel dizzy and collapsed to the ground, prompting the ceremony to end.

After Catherine was transported to the back of the stage, Mary called the hospital while "Jacob" left stating that he was going to look for help. Later, Alice entered the room revealing that Catherine was poisoned by Mouse with a Hamilton Dynamics toxin. under the pretence he was Jacob and that she got the antidote with her. After pouring the antidote into a teacup, Alice forced Catherine to apologize to her for the years of suffering she endured because of her deception then. After having received the said apology, Alice revealed Mary was poisoned too and that there was only enough antidote for one of them, meaning she had to choose between her daughter or herself.

With her last wish, Catherine forced her daughter to take the antidote, claiming Mary was the only good thing that she had done in her life and revealing how proud she was about her, and what she was doing at her clinic, revealing that she was aware of its existence. Then, Catherine died in her daughter's arms, though Mary tried desperately to revive her.

Trivia

  • In the DC comics, Catherine Hamilton-Kane is the heiress to the Hamilton arms fortune, the second wife of Jacob Kane, and the step-mother of Kate Kane.
  • Catherine has similarities to the formerly deceased Moira Queen.
    • Both were prominent businesswomen and philanthropists.
    • Both embodied an ends-justify-the-means philosophy regarding their questionable actions in protecting their respective families.
    • Both grew estranged from their families; once their lies and deceptions were exposed.
    • Both died protecting their children.
  • Although Catherine isn't the most villainous character in the series in comparison to most others, she is still a villain because of her unethical actions, being one of the catalysts for Alice's creation and trying desperately to cover up the truth that she faked her death.

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