When The CW's Batwoman kicks off its second season, it won't waste time putting Gotham's new Dark Knight Defender Ryan Wilder (Javicia Leslie) through her paces. With a huge over-arching mystery (What did happen to Ruby Rose's Kate Kane?) looming over it all, Wilder will be taking on the cowl just in time to face a killer line up of "big bads" that includes Alice (Rachel Skarsten), Safiyah (Shivaani Ghai), hitman Victor Zsasz (Alex Morf), and Black Mask and the False Face Society. And then there's the matter of Wilder getting to know Kate's extended family of Alice (making things really awkward), Jacob (Dougray Scott), Sophie (Meagan Tandy), Luke (Camrus Johnson), and Mary (Nicole Kang)- and let's just see they're feeling a little "cautious" around Gotham's newest hero. Welcome to the second season of Batwoman, one that according to showrunner Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries, Smallville) will carry with it many of the important themes from the first season while allowing someone new to define the hero on her terms. Bleeding Cool had the opportunity to speak with Dries about what viewers can expect, what makes Ryan Wilder so unique, the importance of telling diverse stories, and more.