Two weeks ago, Ruby Rose made her shocking exit from Batwoman. Now, it looks like Kate Kane won’t be coming back to the series either. The Hollywood Reporter brings word that The CW won’t be recasting Rose’s character for season 2 as originally expected. Instead, the producers will introduce a new character to become the next Scarlet Knight.
Decider apparently discovered The CW’s new plans when a now-deleted casting notice for the series made the rounds on Reddit. The notice specifies that the new character’s name is Ryan Wilder, although it’s not clear if this name will stick or if it’s only a placeholder until the writers come up with something better. Ryan is described as “female, mid-late 20s, any ethnicity,” and, more importantly, “is about to become Batwoman.” The listing continues, “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her.”
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Technically, Kate Kane wasn’t the only character to adopt the Batwoman persona in DC’s comic book universe. Almost 50 years before Kate debuted in 2005, Kathy Kane became the first superhero to use this alias in 1956 during the Silver Age. But since her name is so similar to her modern successor, an appearance by this iteration of the hero was probably never in the cards.
Rose allegedly left Batwoman because she wasn’t adjusting well to her move to Vancouver, where the show is filmed. She also reportedly felt overwhelmed by the workload of headlining her own series. The CW initially announced that they would be casting another LGBTQ actress to replace her on the series. But now that their intentions for the character have changed, it’s not clear if this is still the plan.
Batwoman’s second season is still targeting a January 2021 premiere date.
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