Ruby Rose’s disappearance from CW’s Batwoman as Kate Kane was rather unfortunate after only just one season. With her leaving, the role of the main protagonist was then passed on to Javica Leslie whose character, Ryan Wilder, was then seen succeeding as the new Batwoman of the series.
Recently, CW announced the casting of Wallis Day (Krypton, Jekyll and Hyde) as the new Kate Kane with the latest episode of the superhero show. She is shown bandaged, having sustained injuries from a plane crash at the beginning of the second season.
Just to make it clear, Kate Kane is no longer Batwoman and will not reprise the hero role in the series as Wilder will continue being the lead for the series. From the tweet made by Day, fans were ecstatic to hear the return of Kane in CW’s Batwoman, and are looking forward to the storyline now that the character is back on screen.
The return of Kane was long telegraphed by the showrunner, Caroline Dries as a way for the show to give some resolution to the fate of Kane’s character as well as to help the show avoid the TV trope “bury your gays”, where it kills off gay and lesbian characters that are on-screen.
“As a lesbian who’s been working as a writer for the past 15 years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it,” said Dries through a statement from The Hollywood Reporter back in 2020. The showrunner wants to assure the fans that “LGBTQ+ justice is at the very core of what Batwoman is and we have no intention of abandoning that.”
Additionally, Dries stated that Kate Kane will be a character that will never be erased from the series as she has a bigger role to play in the recent season. We then can expect that the second season of Batwoman will explore more about the disappearance of Kane and how her altered character will impact the series as it moves forward.