With Ruby Rose exiting the role of Batwoman and Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me, The Family Business) taking on the mantle of Gotham's newest "dark knight," to say that anticipation over the series' second season is high would be a dramatic understatement. Now, it looks like fans have a clue as to when those mysteries will start to be unraveled – at least within the confines of the writers' room. Series writer Nancy Kiu ("Through the Looking-Glass," "A Mad Tea-Party," "Who Are You?") took part in the "Batgirls!" panel at Comic-Con@Home on Thursday, joined by Cecil Castellucci (Batgirl – Barbara Gordon), Sarah Kuhn (Batgirl – Cassandra Cain), Bryan Q. Miller (Batgirl – Stephanie Brown), Marieke Nijkamp (Oracle – Barbara Gordon), and Dr. Andrea Letamendi (The Arkham Sessions).
At the end of the panel, Kiu offered a brief update on the second season of The CW series and from the sound of things it appears stories are getting ready to break: "We will be starting up season two of Batwoman shortly or starting to break the stories for it and in the meantime, I think season one DVD is coming out and you can catch it and stream it on HBO Max. I believe all 20 episodes that we were able to shoot before the pandemic and our completed season is on there, and then the writers are all excited to bring everybody season two and we hope you guys all tune in."
Taking to Instagram shortly after the casting news was revealed, Rose heaped praise on Leslie's casting and said she "can't wait to watch" the second season: "OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. ❤️ I want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape. You are walking into an amazing cast and crew. I can't wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing !! ❤️"
Based on the official description of Leslie's Ryan Wilder, we know that she's likable, messy, a little goofy, and untamed- and nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the Batsuit before her. 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 Ryan lives in her van with her plant. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat and 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. 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.