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SEASON 2: Kate Kane Missing? New Character To Become BATWOMAN

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Kate Kane goes missing?

Batwoman will address Ruby Rose’s departure from the series with a season two mystery about Kate Kane’s disappearance, showrunner Caroline Dries said today.

The character of Kate Kane will not be killed off in a “Bury Your Gays” trope.

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Instead, season 2 will feature a new character who becomes Batwoman.

This is a way to “respect everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character. It also helps the audience, because we’re not asking them to address the elephant in the room by accepting a new face as the same person,” Caroline Dries said on the streamed ATX TV…At Home Festival last weekend.

Fans had hoped that Kate Kane would be recast to keep all of Kate’s relationships with sister Alice, step-sister Mary, father Jacob and ex-girlfriend Sophie intact.

Caroline Dries did consider it.

“To be honest with you, I did consider the ‘soap opera version’ [of recasting] for a hot minute, because selfishly we already had a couple episodes written, and transition-wise it would be seamless. But upon further reflection — and I think Greg [Berlanti] helped me make this call — he’s like, ‘I think we should just reboot Batwoman as a different character.'”

And that’s what she’s doing.

“I’m inventing a whole new character, who in her past was inspired by Batwoman, so she will take on the mantle and is completely maybe not the right person at the time to be doing it, so that’s what makes it fun.”

A leaked casting call describes this new character as scrappy, twenty-something Ryan Wilder, who apparently lives in a van with her plant.

She’s 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.

Batwoman season two is expected to premiere in January 2021 on The CW, pushed back from the Fall because of delayed production due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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