When Does Batwoman Season 2 Premiere?
The first season of The CW’s Batwoman focused on Bruce Wayne’s rebellious cousin Kate Kane. Who takes over as the hero of Gotham City after Batman goes missing. She takes on the mantle of Batwoman when a mysterious new villain, Alice, begins to throw the city into anarchy.
Before long, Kane realizes that the deranged Alice is actually her long lost twin sister, Beth. Their love-hate dynamic becomes the heart of the series. Leading to a cliffhanger finale that saw Hush alter his face to appear like his friend Bruce Wayne. While a premature conclusion may have ended the show a bit early, Batwoman will be returning for its second season on Sunday, January 17, 2021, at 8:00 pm EST.
The show won’t look like it did when it concluded Season 1, however. In May, leas actress Ruby Rose announced that she would be stepping down from the series. Rather than recast Kane with a new actor, though, the powers that be decided to replace her with an original character, Ryan Wilder, played by Javicia Leslie. Described as a hardened ex-drug runner, Wilder is a sharp contrast to Kane. She has an inure sense of justice after growing up seeing the grime of society. Leslie will be the first Black actor to portray Batwoman in live-action.
Even though Rose’s departure was unexpected, it can easily fit into the context of the series. When fans last saw Kane, she was up to her neck in problems. Hush got a face transplant that would allow him to impersonate her cousin. Her own sister was gunning for her head. Her relationship with Sophie was in trouble and her father was attempting to hunt down her vigilante persona. On top of all that, there was also the much-anticipated arrival of the villain Safiyah, who has a personal bone to pick with Batwoman. Any of these problems could have easily forced Kane into leaving Gotham for the time being.
According to showrunner Caroline Dries, the disappearance of Kane will become a focal point of the second season. “Is she alive, is she dead, is she missing, is she on the run, is she held captive. is she lost?” she explained. “These are all huge mysteries that push us in deep into the season. All of our characters are going to have different perspectives on that different conspiracy theories. Different points of view and it will create a lot of drama, tension, history, intrigue and it will be shocking and awesome and amazing.”
Batwoman stars Javicia Leslie, Rachel Skarsten, Meagan Tandy, Camrus Johnson, Dougray Scott, and Nicole Kang. Season 2 premieres Sunday, Jan. 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.