Here's How 'Batwoman' Will Handle Ruby Rose's Sudden Departure

Wednesday June 3, 2020

After Ruby Rose's unexpected exit from the CW series "Batwoman," where she played the openly gay titular superhero, producers are revealing how they'll move forward with Season 2 of the show without her.

Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the character Kate Kane won't be recast. Instead, a new character, who will be introduced in Season 2, will pick up the cape Rose left behind.

The new character is named Ryan Wilder and, according to a casting notice posted to Reddit that urges LGBTQ actors to audition for the role, Ryan is a female in her mid-late 20s and the complete opposite of Kate.

"She's likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed," the post reads. "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," the post goes on to read. "An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero."

Nearly two weeks ago, Rose announced she was leaving "Batwoman" without giving a specific reason for her departure.

"I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season," Rose said in her statement. "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. 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. 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."

A week ago, Rose followed up that statement on Instagram with another comment as to why she left the show.

"Thank you everyone for coming on this journey," she wrote. "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," she wrote. "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."

In a joint statement with the CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions, officials stressed they are seeking a LGBTQ performer for the part.

"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 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."