Batwoman season 2 is undergoing many changes — here’s when you can expect the show to return and what it will look like!
This article will continue to be updated as more information about Batwoman season 2 is released!
‘Batwoman’ season 2 release date:
Like many other of CW’s shows, Batwoman will not be premiering in the Fall as usual. Instead, the series has been pushed back to a mid-season premiere. Which means that Batwoman‘s season 2 release date will land sometime in January 2021.
The exact premiere date has not yet been announced, but we do know that Batwoman season 2 will be airing on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. EST. The show will be followed up with new episodes of the Charmed reboot.
According to showrunner Caroline Dries, Batwoman season 2 has already begun production — which is a good sign that the show will air on time for the mid-season premiere.
Tomorrow we start filming season two of #Batwoman. I'm so proud to be part of such a talented group of people. Break a leg!!!
— Caroline Dries (@carolinedries) September 3, 2020
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Ruby Rose exits ‘Batwoman’ ahead of Season 2:
Fans were shocked when Ruby Rose, the leading star of Batwoman, announced that she would not be returning for the second season.
In a statement about the news the actress stated that “I made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
She added that, “I am beyond appreciative to Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,” she continued. “Thank you Peter Roth and Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me. Thank you to everyone who made season one a success — I am truly grateful.”
Ruby Rose also posted on her Instagram about the shocking news:
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Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape. Also @mysmarvel
Meanwhile, in a joint statement Berlanti Produdction and Warner Bros. Television commented on the news and the future of Batwoman:
“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” they stated said. “The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
Javicia Leslie cast as new lead for ‘Batwoman’ season 2:
Before Batwoman season 2 could even begin to film they had to solve the issue of replacing the role left by Ruby Rose. The twist was that the show decided not to recast the role of Kate Keene, but rather planned to introduce a new character altogether.
The CW ended up casting Javicia Leslie in a new role for the character Ryan Wilder. The show describes the new characters as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed.” They also state that she’s nothing like Kate Kane, and spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the Gotham City Police. “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,” the description adds.
On October 26 The CW revealed the new suit design for Ryan Wilder’s version of Batwoman. In a statement about the new look Leslie said, “I felt it was important that viewers could tell by the silhouette that Batwoman was a Black girl. With the form-fitting suit and beautiful Afro, we definitely nailed it!”
— Batwoman (@CWBatwoman) October 26, 2020
‘Batwoman’ season 2 cast:
It’s expected that all of the regular cast from the first season of Batwoman will be returning aside from Ruby Rose. Plus, the new additions of Javicia Leslie, Shivaani Ghai, Nathan Owens, and Leah Gibson.
Javicia Leslie – Ryan Wilder
Camrus Johnson – Luke Fox
Rachel Skarsten – Alice/Beth Kane
Meagan Tandy – Sophie Moore
Nicole Kang – Mary Hamilton
Dougray Scott – Colonel Jacob Kane
Rachel Maddow – Vesper Fairchild
Elizabeth Anweis – Catherine Hamilton-Kane
John Emmet Tracy – August Cartwright
Christina Wolfe – Julia Pennyworth
Allison Riley – Dana Dewitt
Shivaani Ghai – Safiyah Sohail
Nathan Owens – Ocean
Leah Gibson – The Whisper
Where to watch ‘Batwoman’
The first season of Batwoman is available to stream on CWTV.com and The CW app. It will head to HBO Max just prior to Batwoman season 2 premiering on The CW.