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‘Batwoman’ Not Recasting Kate Kane Role

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It's incredibly rare when a series lead departs a show.
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The CW just wrapped up its first season of Batwoman to solid results overall and coming after bringing the character in during the crossover event two seasons ago, it’s been a good inclusion overall. With word recently of a Superman & Lois crossover being in the works for next season with Batwoman, we learned last month that series lead Ruby Rose is departing the role of Kate Kane / Batwoman. Initially, it was revealed that they were intending to recast the role and move forward from there. Now, it looks like they’re going to move past Kate Kane and bring in a new character.

In a casting notice, a copy of which was obtained by Deadline, the new lead character is named Ryan Wilder and is younger than Kate Kane — she is in her mid-to late 20s. This may be a new character or a code for another character that they’ll reveal later, but Season 2 of The CW show will chronicle how she becomes Batwoman.

Further details about the role indicates that she’s “A former drug-runner,  the now-reformed and sober Ryan lives in her van with her plant and is a highly skilled but wildly undisciplined fighter. Like her predecessor, Ryan is an out lesbian, with performers who identify as LGBTQ encouraged to submit for the role.”

The series airs on The CW with streaming the day after through their site and app.

The main cast includes Ruby Rose as Kate Kane / Batwoman, Meagan Tandy as Sophie Moore, Camrus Johnson as Luke Fox, Nicole Kang as Mary Hamilton, Rachel Skarsten as Alice, Dougray Scott as Jacob Kane, and Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane.

Plot Concept: Three years after billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter-ego Batman disappeared, his cousin Kate Kane sets out to overcome her demons and become a symbol of hope by protecting the streets of Gotham City as Batwoman.

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