As expected, Kate Kane will no longer be the lead character of the Batwoman series.
The CW will have a new character take on the mantle following Ruby Rose’s shock exit in May. The news of Rose’s departure came with an announcement from the network that season two of the series would be going in “a new direction” and that a new lead actress would be cast. Now we have a bit more to go on.
According to a casting notice, say goodbye to Bruce Wayne’s cousin and say hello to a new character known – at least for now – by the name of Ryan Wilder. It’s not known if this is a code name for an existing DC character or a new creation, but it’s understood that she will be in her mid-to late 20s and we’ll be meeting her as she “is about to become Batwoman.” As reported by Decider, the character description states that Wilder is…
… “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
Performers identifying as LGBTQ are being encouraged to submit for the part, which is keeping in line with the sexual orientation of Rose’s Kate Kane – the first lesbian superhero to lead a live-action television series.
A number of outlets reported that Rose’s seemingly sudden exit from the series stemmed from her unhappiness at her workload, which in turn affected her behaviour on set. TV Line’s sources have said that the split “wasn’t 100-percent her decision.”