Following Ruby Rose’s departure from Batwoman, the CW was left trying to find a solution to where to go with the series. They’ve decided to write in a new main character instead of recasting for Rose’s Kate Kane.
Ryan Wilder is the name of the new lead and she’s a woman in her mid to late 20s and younger than Kane. We’re still unsure if Ryan’s character is a code name for an existing character in the DC series or if she’s a new character.
Season 2 will focus on Wilder’s journey to becoming Batwoman. Ryan is “likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed” and “nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her,” reads the casting note. She’s also a former drug-runner, who’s newly sober and skilled, but undisciplined. Wilder is an out lesbian like Kane.
Batwoman premiered last fall and was the first superhero series in television history to feature an LGBTQ character as the main role. Rose decided to leave the series last month. The CW is looking to cast another LGBTQ actor as the lead and is currently looking for stars to fill the role.