Batwoman showrunner discusses the changes in store for season 2

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Batwoman -- “What Happened to Kate Kane?” -- Image Number: BWN201fg_0029r -- Pictured (L-R): Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder/Batwoman -- Photo: The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Batwoman season 2 launches this Sunday, and it’s going to see a lot of changes coming along with it. What happens when your lead actor leaves a series after one season? You make a lot of tough decisions, and this is this is the situation Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries found herself in going into the new season.

Dries spoke with Entertainment Weekly ahead of the season premiere, and the changeover in the actor in the cowl was of course a huge presence in the room. Why not simply recast Kate Kane? “It didn’t feel like the right move for me because honestly, it just felt weird and awkward, and unearned,” said Dries. “I’m not opposed to recasting the character of Kate Kane at all. But doing a swap out without any story motivation behind it felt really weird to me. To me, it was asking too much of the audience.”

Dries went on to add, “And in a way—I don’t know if the audience would agree with this—it was almost negating season 1 and saying, ‘Okay, you just need to start watching season 2 to really get the show because…’ But not even that. If we were to have all seasons of the series, it would almost feel like season 1 was the anomaly, which I don’t want it to feel like. I want it to feel all like one piece of a continuing story. So again, I’m not opposed to the idea of a new actress playing Kate Kane, but in the heat of the moment, just to do a swap and act like nothing happened within our story is a lot for me to digest as the creative lead of the show.”

Dries shared a lot of other thoughts about the launch of season 2, including how this will impact Alice (Rachel Skarsten), how the characters in Kate’s orbit will adjust, and a lot more. It’s definitely worth checking out.

Batwoman season 2 will premiere on Sunday, Jan. 16 on The CW, and will be available on the network’s app for free the following day.