Ruby Rose has exited The CW’s Batwoman series after one only season.
It’s reported the role will be recast for Season 2, which has already been greenlit.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Ruby 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.”
The specific reason for Ruby Rose departing the show isn’t yet known but Deadline offers the two sides mutually decided to part ways after recently reflecting on the first season and its challenges.
“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,” Rose said. “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.”
The CW and WBTV released a joint statement offering the recasting of the Batwoman role will be played by another LGBTQ actress.
“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 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.”
Batwoman getting recast for Season 2
Deadline also noted Ruby Rose quitting the series has nothing to do with an injury the actress sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery.
The news follows Sunday’s season finale episode that teased “Bruce Wayne.”
Batwoman Season 2 is set to debut January 2021, and The CW also announced Batwoman will be heavily involved in next year’s Arrowverse crossover which will be take on “World’s Finest,” featuring Batwoman and the Tyler Hoechlin Superman.
Ruby Rose didn’t come without controversy as following getting cast as Batwoman she quit Twitter over getting backlash from the LGBTQ as they thought she wasn’t a lesbian. Rose also blasted white dudes for not liking the show.