However, rather than recast Kate Kane, The CW has chosen to create an entirely new Batwoman. Played by Javicia Leslie, Ryan Wilder has been described as “nice, messy, a bit goofy and untamed”.
The CW’s Bat-suit itself raises more questions than answers, because it’s clearly not the one Kate Kane wore in Batwoman. So how did Ryan Wilder find such a different outfit in the Arrowverse?
In a sense, the Suit of Pain would simplify the introduction of a new Batwoman. Ryan Wilder wouldn’t need to stumble upon the Bat-Cave or persuade Luke Fox to modify the Bat-suit.
All you have to do is stumble upon a suit already circulating around Gotham in Batwoman. In fact, it’s even possible that the Suit of Pain has already been modified to fit a woman’s body rather than a man’s.
Ryan Wilder is presumably another person who has been tremendously affected by Batwoman; with Kate Kane missing for a longer period he would try to do the same and use the disguise he had discovered to become the new heroine.
That would set up a perfect arc in which Team Bat desperately tried to find Ryan Wilder before tarnishing Batwoman’s good name forever, unaware that she was being influenced by a mystical artifact over 800 years old.