Ruby Rose Quits Batwoman, Leaves TV Fans Stunned
Holy shocking development, Batman.
Errr, Batwoman, we should say.
On Tuesday night, Ruby Rose left fans of this CW drama in absolute shock when she announced she was leaving the series after just one season.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” the lead star said in a statement.
“This was not a decision I made lightly as I have the utmost respect for the cast, crew and everyone involved with the show in both Vancouver and in Los Angeles.”
According to various outlets, the role of Batwoman will be recast ahead of Season 2.
“I am beyond appreciative to [executive producers] Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for not only giving me this incredible opportunity, but for welcoming me into the DC universe they have so beautifully created,” Rose added.
“Thank you [WB chief] Peter Roth and [CW president] Mark Pedowitz and the teams at Warner Bros. and The CW who put so much into the show and always believed in me.
“Thank you to everyone who made season one a success – I am truly grateful.”
And we’re truly stunned.
Rose’s departure comes just two days after the series aired its finale; and three months after the network renewed Batwoman for Season 2.
It is scheduled to anchor The CW’s Sunday night lineup in early 20201.
This was also an historic role, as Batwoman was the first scripted live-action TV series to feature a lesbian superhero at the top of the call sheet.
It was important to the production, Berlanti and showrunner Caroline Dries said back in the day, that the part went to a member of the LGBTQ community.
In a joint statement, Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. Television vowed to cast another LGBTQ actress in the legendary role.
“[We] thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” the two companies said.
“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.”
As for why Rose chose to walk away?
No one knows at the moment.
Last September, Rose shared in a video that she had months earlier undergone emergency surgery after herniating two discs while performing stunts on an unspecified project.
She said the injury came close to severing her spinal cord, leaving her in “chronic pain.”
One would think, however, that Rose would cite this health concern if it were the basis for her decision.
Rose starred on Batwooman as Kate Kane, a cousin of Bruce Wayne’s, who takes on the mantle of Batwoman.
The character debuted in December 2018 during The CW’s annual crossover event for its DC Comics shows before getting her own vehicle.
The Vampire Diaries veteran Dries created the show and executive produces it with Berlanti, his producing partner Schechter and Geoff Johns.
After she was cast in August 2018, Rose faced some unexpected backlash.
“Where on earth did ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be batwoman’ come from — has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read,” she fired back at the time, adding:
“I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that?”
Rose also wrote nearly two years ago since her casting had been a “rollercoaster,” she would take a break from Twitter to focus on work.
“If you need me,” she signed off, “I’ll be on my Bat Phone.”