New Character to Become Batwoman

Yesterday, a leaked casting call was posted to Reddit claiming to be looking for a new series lead to become Batwoman. We held off reporting on it because it seemed like it could be very fake but this morning, after talking with our sources, it appears to be true! Kate Kane will no longer be Batwoman and a new character named, Ryan Wilder will take up the Batwoman mantle. Now, this move might leave you wondering just how are they going to pull this off? Put on your speculation hats for this one folks, somehow, Kate Kane will either die, or be convinced to no longer be Batwoman and this new Ryan character will put on the cape and cowl. The casting notice described the new character:

Ryan Wilder is a female in her mid-late 20s and the complete opposite of Kate Kane. "She's likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed," reads the document. "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. Today, reformed and sober, Ryan lives in van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk from an alley cat and could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly disciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.

All we can say is we are shocked but excited to go on this ride with the fans! Does Alice follow through with her threats to kill Batwoman? Only time will tell. Share your thoughts with us in the comments below and in the forum! Don't forget to follow us on Twitter.

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#23 RE: New Character to Become BatwomanCatPat 2020-06-08 18:35

If Ryan takes on the mantel, I hope its very temporary until Kate resurfaces.

#22 Riverdale star under consideration?CatPat 2020-06-08 18:01

#21 RE: New Character to Become BatwomanRJP 2020-06-08 13:42
Contrary to my earlier comment, Dries has apparently confirmed that Wilder will be a brand new character.
#20 Twitter Campaign for Kate KaneCatPat 2020-06-07 15:21
Batwoman Fans Launch "Kate Kane is Batwoman" Twitter Campaign

#19 RE: New Character to Become BatwomanRJP 2020-06-07 11:13
It will be interesting to see whether Wilder is really a new character (some fans have speculated it could be a pseudonym for Harper Row, Helena Wayne or someone else - Helena Wayne is an interesting idea because the family connection would still be there).

In principle I have no objection to having a second Batwoman, be it a completely new character or not. That said, I'm disappointed we won't move further forward with Kate's story after only one season. Also, I don't believe Caroline Dries has addressed this but as others have mentioned, the existing cast are nearly all family of Kate, making it harder to see how a second Batwoman will fit in and raising the question of whether the existing supporting cast will be retained. But Dries seems confident she and Berlanti have a good plan and I guess we should wait and see. It's always possible they know what they're doing.
#18 RE: New Character to Become BatwomanCatPat 2020-06-07 11:05
I thought season 1 of Batwoman was the most consistently entertaining of all Arrowverse shows this season. By replacing Kate, they risk undermining everything that was done right.

If Ruby's exit was not mutual, then i might feel differently. Kate Kane fans should not be punished because the actress wanted to leave and the producers agreed.

Just recast and allow the new actress to take the character in her own direction.
#17 RE: New Character to Become Batwomanathena69 2020-06-07 09:11
Thanks for those links, CatPat and comic fan. At least now we know it's official. :sad:

Since Ruby left on her own (not fired), then maybe she'd be willing to appear as Kate in the season opener to at least give us a reason for Kate leaving.
#16 RE: New Character to Become Batwomancomic fan 2020-06-07 08:58
Batwoman showrunner talks replacing Kate Kane with new character.
#15 RE: New Character to Become BatwomanCatPat 2020-06-06 16:37
Per Caroline Dries...
#14 RE: New Character to Become Batwomanathena69 2020-06-05 22:37
Well, as I mentioned in the forum discussion, if they're not recasting Kate, then the plot that makes the most sense (to me) that's in keeping with the characters is for Alice to give Jacob the kryptonite, and he kills Batwoman then finds out he's just killed his own daughter, and Alice gets her double revenge. Which would suck, of course.

But, like everyone else, I think not recasting Kate is a really bad idea. And if the rumor CatPat posted from is true, then they are clearly not considering Amandla Stenberg as Kate. I know they're looking for an out lesbian for the role, and that's great, but from a character standpoint, Ryan wouldn't need to be a lesbian. Maybe, she's really... Safiyah?!?

My guess for what was likely the planned season finale is that they finally introduce Safiyah (cuz clearly, she was/is intended to be the big bad villain of season 2). And there's another reason they can't get rid of Kate - in the comics, she had a relationship with Safiyah. What's the point in bringing in Safiyah with Kate gone?!? So, I am really, really, really hoping that Caroline & team have already found our new Kate (hence the casting call was pulled), and now they're looking to cast Safiyah, under the pseudonym, Ryan Wilder.

{EDIT} I just read this:
which was released the day after the season finale, and the day before Ruby's announcement, so, not sure how much of it still holds water, but does corroborate some of my thoughts. As CatPat said, fingers crossed!

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