Batwoman fans were in for a shocker when Ruby Rose announced she was stepping away from the titular character. Fans were even more shocked when it was announced that the show would have a new heroine altogether. Not only is Ruby Rose not returning, but neither is the fictional character Kate Kane. It’s one thing to replace an actor in the same role and have the audience accept it over time, i.e. Mark Ruffalo taking over for Edward Norton as the Hulk. It’s another thing to replace the character itself with another character. Example: Two and a Half Men.
Series showrunner Caroline Dries explains why they came up with the decision. It was producer Greg Berlanti who aided with this decision:
“So, to be honest with you, I did consider the soap opera version for a hot minute, selfishly, because we had a couple episodes already written, and transition-wise, it would be seamless [since] we already started breaking season 2,” Dries said. “But upon further reflection, and Greg helped me make this call and he’s way smarter than me about this sort of stuff, he’s like, ‘You know, I think we should just reboot the character in terms of reboot Batwoman as a different character.’ Just to also respect everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character.”
Rather than focusing on Kate Kane, Batwoman will now focus on a character named Ryan Wilder. Which, we reported last week.
What do you think about this decision?
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