Everything we know about the new Batwoman

In May of 2020, fans of the CW's sprawling panoply of DC adaptations were astonished to learn that Australian actress Ruby Rose would be exiting her post as Kate Kane, the eponymous guardian of Gotham City on Batwoman after only one year. The news was especially startling considering that the series had just been picked up for a second season.

And the hits just keep on coming: a now-deleted post to Reddit seems to have confirmed that the network will go in a new direction moving forward, opting to replace the character of Kate Kane rather than recasting her, bringing a new Batwoman to prime time. The post displayed a casting call for a brand new series lead to don the bewigged cowl and get down to the business of punching crime into submission. Details are sparse, but here's what we know so far about the Arrowverse's newest potential addition.

Big batshoes to fill

According to Decider, the next member of the small screen Bat family goes by the name of Ryan Wilder. There's speculation floating around that this is a pseudonym that the show runners have tossed out to throw internet sleuths off the trail of the new Batwoman's (dramatic sting) true identity. If Ryan Wilder really is her name, she would represent an entirely new character in the Bat mythos.

The casting call described Wilder as "female, Mid-late 20s, any ethnicity," and, most importantly, "about to become Batwoman." It went on to say that "She's likable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She's also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her." That said, Warner Bros and the CW have been very clear that whoever inherits the cape will share at least one specific similarity with Kane, as a joint statement from the studios quoted by Variety stated that they're dedicated to bringing another member of the LGBTQ+ community on board as to series' new lead.