After a (now deleted) casting call leaked on Reddit — a search for a “Ryan Wilder” (though it is not clear whether this is a placeholder name), who is “likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed” and “nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her” — Batwoman showrunner/EP Caroline Dries spoke to Give Me My Remote about the decision to go forward with a new character instead of recasting the lead.
“I did consider the soap opera version for a hot minute, selfishly, because we had a couple episodes already written, and transition-wise, it would be seamless [since] we already started breaking season 2,” Dries said. “But upon further reflection, and [EP] Greg [Berlanti] helped me make this call — and he’s way smarter than me about this sort of stuff — he’s like ‘You know, I think we should just reboot the character in terms of reboot Batwoman as a different character.’ Just to also respect everything that Ruby [Rose] put into the Kate Kane character.”
Dries also stated that she hopes “Ryan Wilder” will help fans accept that it’s someone else in Batwoman’s costume. “I just think it helps the audience a little bit, too,” she said, “that we’re not asking them to not address the elephant in the room. I’m inventing a whole new character. In her past, she was inspired by Batwoman. She is going to take on the mantle and is completely maybe not be the right person at the time to be doing it. That’s what makes it fun.”
The “Ryan Wilder” character description went on to read “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.”