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  • Actor-Shared Background: Word of God says that, unlike in the comics, Kate is a vegan in the show just like Ruby Rose is; this change seems to have been done mostly for practicality's sake. They're both lesbians as well, but that was already part of the character.
  • Approval of God:
    • Greg Rucka, J.H. Williams III, and James Tynion IV (three of Batwoman's major writers and one of her most iconic artists) expressed support on Twitter for Ruby Rose's casting.
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    • Jimmy Palmiotti, one of Luke Fox's co-creators, tweeted to Camrus Johnson that he was excited to see Johnson in the role.
  • The Cast Showoff: Rachel Skarsten learned the cello in secondary school; that really was her playing in "Down, Down, Down".
  • The Danza: The full name of Rachel Skarsten, who plays Alice, is Rachel Alice Marie Skarsten. Marie is also Beth Kane's middle name in the show.
  • Fake American: Kate is played by an Australian, Jacob by a Scotsman, and Alice by a Canadian.
  • Hostility on the Set: Implied in this article released after Rose's departure. A source close to the show claims that Ruby Rose was "wasn't happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No", though nothing beyond this has been stated. It's also been alleged that she wasn't prepared at all for the long working hours that came with being a lead star of a TV show on top of the movies she was doing, which made her pretty irritable at times.
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  • Meaningful Release Date: The series premiered on October 6, 2019; the Batwoman (Rebirth) comic series was announced exactly three years prior to this.
  • The Other Darrin: To the collective shock of the fanbase, Ruby Rose has been confirmed to exit the show after Season 1, making Batwoman not only the very first Arrowverse show to recast the lead actor, but one of the very, very few TV shows to have to do this. Ruby has mentioned in interviews that the decision to do this wasn't easy. Subverted, however, as it was later confirmed that an entirely new character named Ryan Wilder will take up her mantle instead.
  • Queer Character, Queer Actor: The casting call for Kate Kane specifically asked for a queer actress, though the producers were also prepared to cast a straight actress as a last resort. Ruby Rose's casting fulfilled the original intention, as she's a lesbian. When she left the show, the producers made sure to be clear they were looking for another LGBT actress as the replacement. They ended up casting bisexual Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder, the next Batwoman, who's also lesbian.
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  • Recycled Set: In the pilot, the side of Wayne Tower Kate scales is actually the side of the Vancouver Art Gallery, which was used earlier as Gotham City Hall.
  • Separated-at-Birth Casting: Dougray Scott bears a fair amount of resemblance to Ruby Rose. Rachel Skarsten is also believable playing his daughter/her sister.
  • Throw It In!:
    • Luke's glasses actually belong to Camrus Johnson. He wore them to one of his later auditions, and producer Caroline Dries liked them so much they eventually incorporated them into his costume design.
    • Alice sticking her tongue through the false face's mouth in episode 6 was a "semi-joke" take by Rachel Skarsten that made it into the final episode.
  • Troubled Production:
    • Though it didn't cause major production delays, Ruby Rose was nearly paralyzed as a result of herniated discs in her neck caused by stunt injuries, and had to undergo emergency surgery to fix the issue. Months after the operation, she posted a video of her spinal surgery on Instagram.
    • On March 11, 2020, a production assistant was severely injured when a bucket crane accidentally lowered onto her head, leaving her paralyzed.
    • More generally, Batwoman was one of the dozens of shows that shut down production on the last leg of its season due to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic.
    • After the first season finale, it was announced that Ruby Rose would be exiting the show, with a new character named Ryan Wilder taking over as Batwoman. Reports indicate that Rose had a difficult time on-set, not being ready for the long hours of shooting (especially after the season was extended).
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Word of God says the pilot contained a scene of the Kane family attending the bat mitzvah for the twins that was cut for time.
    • Former Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow showrunner Marc Guggenheim wanted Jensen Ackles to play the Arrowverse version of Bruce Wayne before Warren Christie was cast.
    • Natasha Negovanlis, who plays the title role of Carmilla the Series, auditioned for the role of Kate Kane.
  • Word of God: After Kate truly becomes Batwoman for the first time in Episode 3, Caroline Dries stated on Twitter that Elseworlds fits in right afterward. The next episode features a reference to a breakout from Arkham.
  • You Look Familiar:
    • Brendon Zub, who plays Chuck Dodgson, appeared in the pilot of The Flash as a character named Kyle.
    • Chris Shields, who plays Mayor Akins, appeared in a Season 5 episode of The Flash in a minor role.
    • Garfield Wilson, who portrays The Rifle, previously played an unrelated prisoner on Arrow.
    • Warren Christie, who portrays Tommy Elliot/Hush disguised as Bruce Wayne, and thus the real Bruce Wayne/Batman by extension portrayed a character in a Season 1 episode on Arrow.


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