Following the exit of star Ruby Rose, The CW’s Batwoman will opt to replace her character completely rather than just recasting.
That means, according to Deadline, that the lead character on Batwoman will no longer be Kate Kane, as it is in the comics, but will instead be an entirely new character.
Initially the show was expected to simply recast for the lead role of Kate Kane after Ruby Rose officially announced that she would be leaving Batwoman after the show’s first season run.
According to a leaked casting call for the part, the new Batwoman is a character is named Ryan Wilder and will be younger than Katy Kane, with the casting call looking for someone to play a character in their mid-to-late 20s.
The character is described is described as “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed” and is “nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her.”
The new Batwoman is a former drug-runner who lives in her van with her plant. She is a highly skilled but wildly undisciplined fighter and — like her predecessor — is an out lesbian. Just like with Kate Kane before her, The CW will be looking for performers who identify as LGBTQ encouraged to submit for the role of Batwoman.
Though Kate Kane has generally always been Batwoman, it’s not uncommon in the superhero world for multiple characters to take on the role of a single superhero. There have been five different heroes who have taken on the name of Robin and three different heroines who have donned the mantle of Batgirl.
As of right now, it is unknown whether Ryan is a newly created character solely for the show or is a code name for an existing DC character. Either way, it’s sure that Season 2 of the CW show will show how Ryan takes on the mantle of the new Batwoman.