Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries addressed the show’s decision to bring a new Batwoman into the mix—rather than recast Kate Kane—during a brief chat with her former boss/colleague, Julie Plec, during the virtual ATX Television Festival.
“So, to be honest with you, I did consider the soap opera version for a hot minute, selfishly, because we had a couple of episodes already written, and transition-wise, it would be seamless [since] we already started breaking season 2,” Dries explained. “But upon further reflection, and [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti] 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.”
Rose, who originated her Kate Kane role in the Arrowverse during the 2018 before Batwoman launched in 2019, announced in May that she had exited the series following the COVID-shortened first season.
So although Batwoman has been either Kathy Kane or Kate Kane her entire existence in the DC Comics universes, they’re gonna change the character totally because Ruby Rose walked off the show. And basically, Dries is deferring to Berlanti who apparently thinks the best move is to bring in a non-binary, gay, woman of color. So creative!
Would anyone care if they just cancelled the show? Batwoman’s television ratings ranked it as the lowest rated premiere episode for any of the Arrowverse shows. Black Lightning was the most recent Arrowverse show, which debuted to a 0.8 rating and 2.3 million viewers. Batwoman only had a 0.5 rating and 1.8 million viewers.
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