The star of The CW’s Batwoman series has quit.
Aussie star Ruby Rose has decided to leave the series – mere days after the first season’s finale. It’s a surprise, to say the least, as the show had its second season greenlit in January and was gearing up to start production in early 2021.
The reasons for the departure aren’t clear. The statements that came from both sides didn’t shed light on what spawned the apparently mutual decision, but both Rose and the companies were complimentary to one another.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in her 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. I am beyond appreciative to 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. Thank you Peter Roth and 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.”
As for the joint statement from The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions: “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.”
As that company statement confirmed, the show is to continue with a new star. Rose took on a history-making role with Kate Kane / Batwoman, the first lesbian superhero to lead a live-action television series. There was a big wave of backlash following Rose’s announcement, leading to the actress leaving Twitter.
The first season of Batwoman was intended to have 22 episodes, but was forced to wrap with 20 episodes after the coronavirus pandemic caused production to cease early.