Kate Kane Recast On Batwoman With Actor Who Has DC Roots
After eight episodes of their second season, Batwoman recast the role of Kate Kane in a surprise reveal on Sunday night. The departure of Ruby Rose from Batwoman was also a surprise back when she first left. Yet, the decision to cast a new Batwoman who is an original character meant the show wanted to move forward in a new direction. However, the main driving force of the show has been the search for Rose’s character, Kate Kane. Well, in the final moments of the latest episode, Wallis Day was revealed to be the recast Kate Kane, just as the rest of the characters on Batwoman have seemingly made peace with her death. It’s a truly baffling turn of events, both from a narrative and show business point-of-view.
When Batwoman first premiered, there was a lot of backlash. Some didn’t like the overtly “girl-power” marketing. Others didn’t like that Ruby Rose wasn’t actually a Jewish lesbian like the character. Later, during the season, she suffered an injury that led to spinal surgery. When Rose finally spoke out about leaving the show, her answers weren’t clear. She took another run at it, and tossed the COVID-19 pandemic in as another factor. Just recently, she dodged a question about whether or not she’d return as Kate Kane while doing press for another film. Showrunner Carlone Dries spoke out about not recasting Kate Kane, which made it seem like there was an opening for Rose. If there ever was an opening for her return, it’s closed now, too.
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Dries spoke about her decision to recast Kate Kane on Batwoman will Wallis Day. She defended her decision to not immediately recast.
“Dries toyed with the idea of recasting her right away but ultimately changed her mind and decided to introduce a new character — Ryan — instead because she thought ‘it would have been a clunky transition between Season 1 and Season 2 if we had just full-blown recast Kate with no organic story behind it,’ she says. But, in the back of her mind, she always planned to bring her back in a new way since she was not killing off the character.”
As is tradition in the saga, this answer doesn’t say much nor does it make a lot of sense. One would think it would be easier to recast and not say anything (see: Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo in the MCU) than introduce a new, original character. To belabor the suspected death of Kate Kane only to bring her back is equally questionable. Kane’s journey throughout the rest of the season will happen parallel to the rest of the cast’s. One has to assume those paths will eventually meet.
While the decision to recast Kate Kane this late confuses me, the show itself is still a lot of fun. Javicia Leslie is a fantastic Batwoman, with a compelling enough story to make me content to forget Kate altogether.
While it’s unclear if Wallis Day will ever suit up as Batwoman, she does have roots with another DC series. She played Nyssa-Vex on SyFy’s Krypton, a political operator who also could kick ass when necessary. I am interested to see what she brings to Kane’s character.
Batwoman airs Sundays on the CW
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.