We're guessing this explains why The CW got rid of the image of Ruby Rose's Kate Kane completely when they revamped their January 2021 preview schedule. Website Decider is reporting that a since-deleted casting notice posted on a Batwoman Reddit forum has revealed that the series is looking to cast not alone a new lead actress but also for a new lead character. The casting call notice lists the character's name as "Ryan Wilder", and describes her as a "female, Mid-late 20s, any ethnicity" followed by the big money payoff line: "Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman." The description continues, referring to "Wilder" as "likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She's also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her."
While productions have been known to go down the "fake casting calls" route before, both Decider and The Hollywood Reporter are reporting that "Wilder" will be replacing Kate Kane as the series' focus. The descriptions continues, offering further details: "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. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero." The casting notice appears to be consistent with The CW and Warner Bros TV's commitment to casting a member of the LGBTQ community in the lead role: "Performers who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to submit."
Last Wednesday evening, Rose shared her first thoughts on the matter, thanking those she worked with and who supported her during her one-season-run of the series. Rose explained that it's been her decision to stay silent on the matter and that while the decision was not an easy one, "those who know, know" why she needed to exit the series.
"Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. 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. 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."
Batwoman takes place three years after the mysterious disappearance of Batman, with Gotham a city in despair. Without the Caped Crusader, the Gotham City Police Department is overrun and outgunned by criminal gangs. Armed with a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind, Kate Kane (Rose) becomes what her father loathes: a dark knight vigilante, soaring through the streets of Gotham as Batwoman. Joining Rose on the series is Dougray Scott, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson, and Elizabeth Anweis. Executive Producers include Greg Berlanti, Caroline Dries, Geoff Johns, and Sarah Schecter. Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, the series is produced by Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.