The CW Casts New Lead For 'Batwoman' - Find Out Who!

Lawrence Kim
July 9, 2020

Her casting makes her the first Black actress to portray Batwoman in a live-action production. But her presence is nearly certain to shake up Batwoman's status quo in some interesting ways when the series returns to TV. "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".

In a June tweet, Dries further clarified that neither she nor the show had any plans to "erase" Kate. Alice meets her match when she becomes entangled with a unsafe foe from her past who knows exactly how to prey on her vulnerabilities.

"As a lesbian who's been working as a writer for the past fifteen years, I'm well aware of the "Bury Your Gays" trope and I have no interest in participating in it", added Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape.

Rose's departure from the series was announced in May, with the 34-year-old actress not giving any definitive reason as to why she would be exiting the titular role but some sources reporting that she did not like the extended hours required of a lead role on a 20-plus episode series and there being some friction on set, though all official statements from the producers, networks and star assured it was a mutual decision.

In a statement to Variety, Leslie spoke about stepping into Rose's shoes.

"I am extremely proud to be the first Black actress to play the iconic role of Batwoman on television, and as a bisexual woman, I am honoured to join this groundbreaking show which has been such a trailblazer for the LGBTQ+ community", the actor told THR. However, The CW will not recast Kate Kane.

Interestingly, while Kate Kane's Batwoman came with plenty of history and stories from the pages of DC Comics, Ryan Wilder is seemingly an original character created for the Arrowverse, unless "Ryan Wilder" is an alias that Batwoman is using to avoid spoiling a big reveal. She's described as messy, goof, and untamed. Unlike Kate, Ryan spent her life doing what it took to survive in Gotham, including pushing drugs and clashing with the city's police officers, all the while sticking true to her own personal code of ethics that's likely to factor largely into her character. Today, reformed and sober, Ryan lives in van with her plant.

"Batwoman" Season 2 is slated to premiere in January. However, due to COVID-19 that could be pushed.

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