While many are still recovering from the shock that Kate Kane, the character, will be replaced on The CW’s Batwoman alongside former star Ruby Rose, the program’s executive producer and showrunner, Caroline Dries, offers a reasoning for the change on the production end.
As TV Guide reports, Dries appeared at the ATX TV…from the Couch festival and addressed the new character, said to be named Ryan Wilder, taking Kate’s place under the cowl in Batwoman‘s second season. According to her, the idea came from Arrowverse boss Greg Berlanti in an attempt to “respect everything that Ruby put into the Kate Kane character.”
“I just think it helps the audience a little bit too, that we are not asking them to not address the elephant in the room,” she added. Although, on Earth-Prime, the elephant has a number of ways to be addressed — from Alice (Rachel Skarsten) taking Kate’s face off to a realignment of cosmic forces to Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) messing with the timestream. Unfortunately, it seems Dries only entertained the “soap opera” solution, not acknowledging the cast change at all, before committing to the new character; whom Dries said will “take on the mantle and is completely maybe not the right person at the time to be doing it, so that’s what makes it fun.”
Last week, we said we would be interested to see this new person emerge, but over the weekend, we reconsidered just how intrinsically important Kate, as a character, is to the whole Batwoman premise. And unlike other heroic identities like The Flash or Starman, so much of what sets Batwoman apart is down to what this one character brings to it. To change her out, especially when there are so many ways to change Kate’s face, suggests a lack of faith in the premise itself. Or, perhaps more optimistically, the chance to woo Rose back as Kate for a guest stint now and again. But, to be honest, we’d rather have Kate there full time with a new person playing her.
Also, we can’t help but wonder what other rebooted elements Berlanti and Dries will add to the mix before the show returns next year.
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