Kate Keene will not be joining Bruce Wayne’s parents at Gotham Cemetery.
In a post on her social media, Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries confirms that Kate Keene, Ruby Rose’s crime-fighting character, will not be killed off when the CW series returns for its second season.
“As a lesbian who’s been working as a writer for the past 15 years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it,” writes Dries. “Like you, I Love Kate Kane… We’ll never erase her. In fact, her disappearance will be one of the mysteries of Season 2.”
A note from me on behalf of The Bat Team… pic.twitter.com/V6iXjaCrA5
— Caroline Dries (@carolinedries) June 10, 2020
According to TV Line, at this past weekend’s ATX At Home Festival, Dries did confess that they almost recasted Rose’s role, but it was executive producer Greg Berlanti who helped decide to go with a completely new character.
“To be honest with you, I did consider the ‘soap opera version’ [of recasting] for a hot minute, because selfishly we already had a couple episodes written, and transition-wise it would be seamless. But upon further reflection—and I think Greg [Berlanti] helped me make this call—he’s like, ‘I think we should just reboot Batwoman as a different character.’”
In addition to paying “respect to everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character” during Season 1, Dries said, “it also helps the audience, because we’re not asking them to address ‘the elephant in the room’” by accepting a new actor as the same person.
After Ruby Rose’s surprise Batwoman departure, it was assumed that the CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions would be recasting the role of Kate Kane, but in a plot twist, it turns out that the series will be getting an entirely new lead character named Ryan Wilder.
As NewNowNext previously reported, in 2018 it was announced that Rose, who identifies as lesbian and genderfluid, would be suiting up as the masked heroine in The CW’s comic book adaptation. But last week, in a surprise move that not even the world’s greatest detective could see coming, she decided to exit the series ahead of its second season.
Rose recently spoke out on her surprise exit saying: “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.”
Batwoman Season 2 is scheduled to premiere on the CW in 2021.