Batwoman showrunner explains decision to change characters

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It’s a mystery that could possibly even tax Batman’s detective skills: Why is the character of Kate Kane being replaced on Batwoman?

When Ruby Rose left the Batwoman series, the first announcement was that the role of Kate Kane/Batwoman would be recast. Since that time the plan has changed, and Kate Kane will now be replaced with a new Batwoman named Ryan Wilder. The decision has not been met with wide support and has left many people wondering how the showrunners could have possibly thought this was a good idea.

Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries has finally spoken about the decision while appearing in an ATX Festival At Home Q&A. Speaking of the recasting, Dries said, “To be honest with you, I did consider the ‘soap opera version’ for a hot minute, because selfishly we already had a couple episodes written, and transition-wise it would be seamless.” She went on to add, “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.’”

Dries said that they wanted to “respect to everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character” and that “it also helps the audience, because we’re not asking them to address ‘the elephant in the room’” by accepting a new face as the same person.”

How audiences react to a whole new character remains to be seen when the series returns in early 2021.