Nearly a year after the announcement that Ruby Rose left the show, the character Kate Kane came back Batwoman last Sunday’s episode of ‘Initiate Self-Destruct’ – albeit with a facelift like Krypton actor Wallis Day made his debut in The CW’s Arrowverse series.
Talking CBR and Week of the week after the episode aired, Day explained how his actor in the DC series was born and how he plans to make the part his own.
“So I went because of it last year when they announced Ruby’s departure,” Day said. “But a few weeks into the process, they said they were going in a different direction. But [showrunner] Caroline Dries wrote me an email and just said, ‘Listen, we’re going in a different direction, but if we finally bring Kate back, I’ll call you.’ And I was just like, [sighs] ‘Yeah, everyone always says this to the actors!’ But to be honest, I was really upset about it because it just felt like the right move. You’re never really excited because you kind of get used to being rejected as an actor, but it just upset me. In January, Caroline called, and I was like, ‘Yes, I still want to play Kate! Let’s do it!’ And here we are. “
“I talked thoroughly with Caroline [Dries, showrunner] about what he wanted, and I watched the whole season 1, and then they sent me all the episodes they had filmed for season 2, ”Day explained in preparation for the role. I asked [season 1] also the scripts because Caroline didn’t want me to try to emulate what Ruby had with Kate. He wanted me to make Kate my own and describe him as I felt or should describe Kate. So I wanted the scripts because I wanted to see what the writing just gave me instead of the actress Kate’s version. And it was really so telling because it gave me a lot more in-depth knowledge of who Kate is. I looked at both seasons and read almost all the manuscripts. “
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In BATWOMAN season 2, when Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) first finds Kate Kanen Batsuit, she has no idea how dramatically her life is changing. Sassy, a smart lesbian with a difficult past, Ryan sees the costume of the suit as finally strong and no longer a victim as he survives the hard streets of the city.
As Ryan goes cheating in the shadows, Gotham struggles with his lost hero, believing that Batwoman has fled the city after public secession with Commander Jacob Kane (Dougray Scott) and the Crows. But Kate Kane’s disappearance hits hardest at home, with Jacob, Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), Mary (Nicole Kang) and even Alice (Rachel Skarsten) each struggling with devastating news in their own way. Meanwhile, the False Face Association is tightening its grip on Gotham and distributing a dangerous new drug known as Snakebite. a new group of villains lands in the city.
It’s not long before Ryan realizes how much the symbol in his suit means to Gotham, launching him on a personal journey that takes him from a novice alternate to a confident rebel crusader, living in his van with his plant to chase down villains in Batmobile. Ryan Wilder becomes a completely different Batwoman than Kate Kane – his own Batwoman – but with the same understanding of what it means to be a hero.
Second season Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie (God befriended me), Shivani Ghai (Power), Leah Gibson (Jessica Jones), Nathan Owens (Disappointing maidens), Alex Morf (Gotham) and Wallis Day (Krypton), while Rachel Skarsten (Alice), Camrus Johnson (Luke Fox), Meagan Tandy (Sophie Moore) and Nicole Kang (Mary Hamilton) are taking on roles from the new season.