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Batwoman season 2 is going to be in an unusual position for any TV series, but it’s looking as though there are some interesting plans to deal with it.

When Batwoman lost Ruby Rose as Kate Kane after its first season, it left the series in an unusual predicament. As opposed to recasting the role, the series decided to go with a new character in Ryan Wilder, and that opens the door to a lot of potential storylines. How does she become Batwoman? What happened to Kate? How do Kate’s friends and family deal with this? And it looks as though season 2 will tackle all of those topics and more.

In season two of BATWOMAN, when Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) first discovers Kate Kane’s Batsuit, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. A sassy, smart lesbian with a difficult past, Ryan sees the suit as her chance to finally be powerful and no longer a victim as she survives in the tough streets of the city.

While Ryan goes rogue in the shadows, Gotham grapples with their missing hero, believing Batwoman has fled the city after a public stand-off with Commander Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and the Crows. But Kate Kane’s disappearance hits hardest at home where Jacob, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), Mary (Nicole Kang) and even Alice (Rachel Skarsten) each struggle with the devastating news in their own way. Meanwhile, the False Face Society tightens its grip on Gotham, distributing a perilous new drug known as Snakebite, “Bruce Wayne” (Warren Christie) finds his way home to wreak havoc, Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai) surfaces with plans for revenge, and a new set of villains descends on the city.

It’s not long before Ryan realizes how much the symbol on the suit means to Gotham, launching her on a personal journey that takes her from fledgling substitute to confident caped crusader, from living in her van with her plant to chasing villains in the Batmobile. Ryan Wilder becomes a very different Batwoman than Kate Kane – her own Batwoman – but with the same understanding of what it means to be a hero.

It looks as though there is going to be a lot of ground to cover in the early part of the new season.

Batwoman season 2 will debut on The CW on Jan. 17, 2021. New episodes will be available for free on The CW app the day after they air.