Batwoman season 2 kicked off its long awaited premiere last night. With it, fans are all in on Javicia Leslie and her new character of Ryan Wilder taking up the cape and cowl following Kate Kane’s (Ruby Rose) departure from the series.
With the debut episode, we learn about how Alice’s (Rachel Skarsten) Wonderland gang killed Ryan’s mother at their new apartment. At the end of the episode, she was also shot by the Kryptonite bullet, which seems to be doing something funky with her.
Talking with Variety, showrunner Caroline Dries talked about the Kryptonite and what to expect from season 2.
Don’t expect Ryan to develop superpowers though. Dries said, “She’s dying. It’s the idea that women have to do everything backwards and in heels, and we wanted to show that not only can she put on the suit and make the symbol proud, but she can do it all with a huge handicap.”
Leslie said on the effect the kryptonite will have on Ryan, “Overall it’s going to be something that will change her because she’s going to make choices. It’s literally going to be her back against the wall making choices because of it and it’s going to be a huge part of her development, whether good or bad. That part is just going to be based off of whether or not you agree with her decisions.”
Of course if Ryan is going out, then she probably will want to take Alice with her in order to get justice for her adoptive mom.
She said, “So that becomes a huge part of this — to walk away from revenge to seek what’s right is hard. But technically the revenge is what seems right: Alice is a bad person. So it doesn’t feel like revenge is going against someone who doesn’t deserve going to jail.”
Dries said that Alice and Ryan will be on a parallel journey moving forward.
“They’re both going through this personal journey of being able to forgive themselves and look outside their anger and past; they both find they’re anchored to their past and they need to move forward.”
In addition to all of this, Dries said that there will be a focus on pulling “back the layers on not just the Crows, but [also] the GCPD as well and all of these institutions that exist in Gotham”.
Batwoman airs on Sundays at 8/7c on The CW.
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