Ruby Rose Leaving ‘Batwoman’, Role To Be Recast for Season TwoMay 19, 2020
When Batwoman returns to the CW for season two, there will a new actor in the lead role.
Ruby Rose had decided to leave Batwoman ahead of season two.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose 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.”
“I am beyond appreciative to [exec 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,” she 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.”
In a joint statement, Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros. Television vowed to cast another LGBTQ actress in the iconic 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.”
What remains unclear is the reason why Ruby Rose is leaving.
Last September, Rose shared (with a video) that she had undergone emergency surgery after herniating two discs while performing stunts months prior. She said the injury came close to severing her spinal cord, leaving her in “chronic pain.”
Rose landed the role of Kate Kane/Batwoman in August 2018, following a brief search for an out LGBTQ actress to fill the famously gay role. But within a week, Rose had shut off Comments on her Instagram after some intense backlash.