Can ‘Batwoman’ Survive the Backlash of Replacing Kate Kane? (Maybe, With Javicia

85


The CW’s freshman Arrowverse show, Batwoman, debuted during the 2019-2020 broadcast season amid excitement and anticipation. But after an unprecedented series of unlucky events, season 2 will launch under the scrutiny of a much shakier fan base. With a new principal actor, a different lead character, and presumably a fresh origin story, can Batwoman survive the negative buzz that seems to be already building? Some fans think so.

'Batwoman' star Javicia Leslie
‘Batwoman’ star Javicia Leslie | Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

The
Kate Kane character will go missing, and a new hero will become Batwoman

Upon Ruby Rose’s mysterious and abrupt exit as Kate Kane, aka Batwoman, creator and showrunner Caroline Dries confirmed to Deadline that Kate would not be recast but will vanish without a trace instead.

Batwoman
Season
2 will revolve around a new lead character named Ryan Wilder, who will pick up
where Kate left off. Dries told Deadline this about why Gotham City will get a
new vigilante rather than recasting or killing off Kate:

“As a lesbian who’s been
working as a writer for the past 15 years, I’m well aware of the ‘Bury Your
Gays’ trope and I have no interest in participating in it. That’s why it’s
important to me as the showrunner to clarify any misinformation out there about
Kate Kane and recasting Batwoman.”

‘Batwoman’ tapped Javicia Leslie as the new
star of the show

RELATED: ‘Batwoman’: Kate Kane Will Disappear — What That Could Mean for the Characters

The
Batwoman team revealed the show’s new star via Twitter. “Javicia Leslie is
Gotham’s new hero. Batwoman Season 2 is coming in 2021,” the tweet reads.

Fans
may remember the actor from CBS’ feel-good drama, God Friended Me, which
the network canceled in April 2020 after two seasons. Leslie played the
supporting role of Ali Finer on the show, but Batwoman will be her
opportunity to shine as the lead character, Ryan.

“I’m
inventing a whole new character who in her past was inspired by Batwoman,”
Dries told Deadline, “so she will take on the mantle and is completely maybe
not the right person at the time to be doing it, so that’s what makes it fun.”

The
fan base is divided when it comes to the new Batwoman

RELATED: ‘Batwoman’ Show Boss Teases More of Alice in Season 2

Leslie was popular with God Friended Me viewers who enjoyed her portrayal of Ali, the bouncy bartender with a big heart. But much of the fan reaction to Leslie’s new Batwoman character, Ryan, has been lukewarm at best and downright chilly at worst.

The
vast majority of the chatter isn’t directly critical of Leslie as an actor. The
issue is that many Batwoman enthusiasts aren’t convinced that replacing
the iconic DC Comics character, Kate Kane, with the unfamiliar Ryan Wilder, is
the right move, no matter who plays the part.

RELATED: ‘Batwoman’ Stars Talk Heartbreak and Hugs Following Ruby Rose’s Exit

“I love the…



Read More: Can ‘Batwoman’ Survive the Backlash of Replacing Kate Kane? (Maybe, With Javicia