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.
Decider reports that a casting call for the new leading lady named Ryan Wilder has leaked. Ryan is described as a “female, Mid-late 20s, any ethnicity. Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman.”
The casting call continues:
She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also 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. 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.
It also notes that “performers who identify as LGBTQ are encouraged to submit.”
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.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a 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.”
TV Line reports that Rose’s departure wasn’t entirely her decision:
“It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit,” a source told the site.
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.”