The CW has been all over the superhero beat for years, and one of their most recent additions is the Ruby Rose-starring Batwoman, which debuted in 2019 and aired its season one finale in 2020. The CW ordered Batwoman season 2 in January or 2020 without waiting for the finish, so another season should be a sure thing.
The Original Batwoman
Ruby Rose starred in Batwoman season 1 as Kate Kane. She’s a woman who, after her wealthy cousin Bruce Wayne and his alter-ego Batman disappear, takes up his cowl and crime-fighting ways. With plenty of room to develop, Batwoman has a solid foundation on which to build. Fun and adventurous, it also features the first openly gay superhero to lead a major series.
However, at the conclusion of season 1 Ruby Rose announced that she’s quitting the show and won’t be back for Batwoman season 2. Here’s her announcement…
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. 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.“– -Ruby Rose
Recent rumors have indicated that Ruby Rose didn’t just quit, she was fired. Or at the least, the parting was mutual with the show and cast no longer interested in continuing to work with her.
According to TVLine, “It wasn’t 100-percent 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.”
Since those rumors that she may have actually been fired broke Rose had been silent, but she broke that silence to post this on Instagram…
The New Batwoman
With Ruby Rose quitting The CW is now forced to retool the entire show. Most thought they would simply recast and have someone else play Ruby Rose’s Kate Kane character, but they’ve chosen a totally different path.
Decider has uncovered a casting call from the Batwoman team which indicates that they new Batwoman will be a totally different character. Instead of Batwoman being Kate Kane, the mantle will now be taken up by a newly created character called Ryan Wilder.
The casting call says they’re looking for a “female, Mid-late 20s, any ethnicity” to play Ryn Wilder and then it specifically says: “Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman.”
The leaked casting call goes on to describe Ryan Wilder as: “She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her.”
So it seems certain at this point that we won’t see Kate Kane anymore and Batwoman season 2 will be about the journey of Ryan Wilder to become the new Batwoman.
Here’s The CW’s official announcement on the departure of Batwoman’s star, Ruby Rose…
“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
Vanessa Morgan As The New Batwoman?
As for who they’ll cast to play Ryan Wilder aka Batwoman, The Cinema Spot reports that the CW is eyeing Riverdale actress Vanessa Morgan. As one of the stars of Riverdale she’s already in The CW’s stable of actors, and she already has credibility in the LGBTQ community (something The CW has insisted on) thanks to her role as half of a girl-girl couple on that show. She’s also a strong advocate for progressive causes like the Black Lives Matter movement, another bullet point which seems to be important to the execs at The CW.
Vanessa Morgan is expected to screen test for the part soon. That’ll likely involve seeing if she can fit into Ruby Rose’s old Batwoman costume (TV productions are notoriously cheap and they won’t want to make a new one if they don’t have to) and having her read a few lines.
Fans Lobby For Stephanie Beatriz To Take Over
It’s hard to say for sure who will end up playing Batwoman now that Ruby Rose is gone. All we do know for certain from the press release sent out by The CW is that whoever they hire must check all the right LGBTQ boxes. So why not Stephanie Beatriz?
Fans have already begun lobbying to give the Brooklyn 99 star the role. Here’s one artist’s concept of how Stephanie Beatriz would look in the Batwoman uniform…
For her part Stephanie is only too happy to join the fan chorus, adding in these tweets…
Bruce Wayne In Batwoman Season 2?
Bruce Wayne has been mentioned and talked about on Batwoman numerous times, but the show has never actually had him appear until the finale. Most assumed that Warner Bros. would never allow it, but they were wrong.
In the show’s season finale Bruce Wayne’s face showed up, and here’s what he looked like…
It’s worth noting that this isn’t actually Bruce Wayne, but the character Hush who has had Bruce Wayne’s face superimposed over his own so he can sneak into Wayne tower. Still, now we know what Bruce Wayne looks like in the TV Arrowverse. If they bring him back for Batwoman season 2, apparently this is the guy (Warren Christie) will play him.
Tragedy On The Set
A tragic accident on the set of Batwoman during season 1 left a crew member paralyzed, according to the Vancouver Sun. 30-year-old Amanda Smith was working on the set when the bucket of a telehandler (boom lift) was lowered while she was beneath it. Amanda was looking in the opposite direction and did not see it coming. The bucket of the boom lift came right down on top of her.
Smith has suffered severe spinal injuries. She was rushed to a hospital but she has no feeling from the waist down. It’s not known if she’ll ever be able to walk again or even regain any sensation in her legs.
It’s unclear what effect that tragedy may have had on the cast and it may have lead to some of them not wishing to return for Batwoman season 2.
Batwoman’s Ratings Going In To Season 2
If there’s a problem with Batwoman it’s probably how few people actually tuned in to watch it. While initially the audience was fairly strong for a show of this type, as season 1 wore on the show’s ratings dropped.
For example, an episode titled “Grinning From Ear To Ear”, recorded the series worst ever ratings numbers ever when only 774,000 viewers tuned in.
When Batwoman premiered on The CW it debuted to an audience of around 2 million viewers. That means the show lost over 70% of its audience going in to Batwoman season 2
It’s worth noting that another superhero show from the same network, Supergirl, is having similar and perhaps even worse ratings trouble. Their audience numbers are under 700,000 viewers.