Ruby Rose Quits Batwoman
This is one of those “shame we’ll never know” stories.
The star of Batwoman, Ruby Rose, has left the show, and no one’s saying why, although there was a significant on-set injury during a stunt, and the typically regressive superhero audience harassed the actor off of Twitter.
Warner will be replacing the lead role with a new, original character. According to Decider,
“Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman. She’s likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her…. With no one in her life to keep her on track, Ryan spent years as a drug-runner, dodging the GCPD and masking her pain with bad habits. A girl who would steal milk for an alley cat could also kill you with her bare hands, Ryan is the most dangerous type of fighter: highly skilled and wildly undisciplined. An out lesbian. Athletic. Raw. Passionate. Fallible. And very much not your stereotypical All-American hero.”
Sounds like a blend of Catwoman, the Jason Todd Robin, and Cassandra Cain. There is plenty of precedent for this in comics, of course: There have been three Wonder Woman I can think of off the top of my head, and four Flashes, and five Green Lanterns (just on Earth)… although there’s only ever one Superman, right? And one Batman?
Update: I was reminded in comments and correspondence that there have been several people using the Batman name beyond Bruce Wayne, and the Green Lantern count should be 7, since I was forgetting the current two.
They are encouraging “performers who identify as LGBTQ”, in keeping with the character’s status as the most visible gay hero in the DC lineup.
The CW superhero shows are planned to return in January 2021 instead of October this year, due to production delays caused by COVID-19 concerns, and the crossover this coming season was planned to be only Batwoman and Superman & Lois, which is still upcoming as a series. (Have they said anything yet about calling it World’s Finest? Gotta keep those trademarks in use!)