Recently, Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries confirmed the return of Kate Kane to The CW’s DC series – though Ruby Rose will not be returning as taking over role is actress Wallis Day (Krypton), who will debut in the second half of the current season.
New season two lead Javicia Leslie is still on the series and remains as Batwoman. Leslie plays Ryan Wilder, a woman who took over the mantle of Batwoman when Kane went missing. The upcoming episodes will see Day debuting as Kate Kane and offer viewers an explanation of where she’s been this whole time.
In the latest episode, Kate Kane is found alive, but she’s now unrecognizable due to injuries she sustained in a horrendous crash. When we see her, Kane is bandaged and held hostage. When the time comes, Day will be revealed as this altered version of the character.
The former Kate Kane, Ruby Rose, took to her Instagram to congratulate Day on her casting – just days after expressing her interest in returning to the show herself following her exit at the end of season one:
In season two of BATWOMAN, when Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) first discovers Kate Kane’s Batsuit, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. A sassy, smart lesbian with a difficult past, Ryan sees the suit as her chance to finally be powerful and no longer a victim as she survives in the tough streets of the city.
While Ryan goes rogue in the shadows, Gotham grapples with their missing hero, believing Batwoman has fled the city after a public stand-off with Commander Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and the Crows. But Kate Kane’s disappearance hits hardest at home where Jacob, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), Mary (Nicole Kang) and even Alice (Rachel Skarsten) each struggle with the devastating news in their own way. Meanwhile, the False Face Society tightens its grip on Gotham, distributing a perilous new drug known as Snakebite, “Bruce Wayne” (Warren Christie) finds his way home to wreak havoc, Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai) surfaces with plans for revenge, and a new set of villains descends on the city.
It’s not long before Ryan realizes how much the symbol on the suit means to Gotham, launching her on a personal journey that takes her from fledgling substitute to confident caped crusader, from living in her van with her plant to chasing villains in the Batmobile. Ryan Wilder becomes a very different Batwoman than Kate Kane – her own Batwoman – but with the same understanding of what it means to be a hero.
The second season of Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie (God Friended Me), Shivani Ghai (Dominion), Leah Gibson (Jessica Jones), Nathan Owens (Devious Maids), Alex Morf (Gotham) and Wallis Day (Krypton), while Rachel Skarsten (Alice), Camrus Johnson (Luke Fox), Meagan Tandy (Sophie Moore) and Nicole Kang (Mary Hamilton) reprise their roles from season one.