Batwoman will introduce a new lesbian lead character following the shock departure of Ruby Rose

Ruby Rose as Batwoman

Batwoman CW series chiefs plan to cast a new LGBT+ lead character after the shock departure of Ruby Rose, who played Kate Kane.

Rose quit Batwoman last month, stunning fans by announcing her departure from the queer superhero show after just one season.

The TV star had blazed a trail with the CW show, playing the out-and-proud vigilante Kate Kane, who takes on the titular superhero mantle.

Although rumours have abounded about why she quit the role, she later posted on Instagram: “I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure the next season will be amazing also.”

Now, according to Decider, series bosses have decided to introduce an entirely new lead character rather than recast the character of Kate Kane.

According to the publication, a leaked casting call showed that the show was looking to cast a character named Ryan Wilder.

The character was described as a “female, mid-late 20s, any ethnicity”, and the casting call added: “Ryan Wilder is about to become Batwoman. She’s likeable, messy, a little goofy and untamed. She’s also nothing like Kate Kane, the woman who wore the batsuit before her.”

The leaked casting call reportedly also specified that Wilder would be an “out lesbian”, and said: “Performers who identify as LGBT+ are encouraged to submit.”

A statement from Batwoman production companies Berlanti Productions and WBTV, at the time that Rose quit the show, said: “Warner Bros Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best.

“The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we – along with the show’s talented creative team – look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”