In news that we really weren’t expecting today, Ruby Rose has quit Batwoman.
Yeah, we have no idea where to go from there either. Rose originated the role as the Arrowverse’s version of Kate Kane/Batwoman with Elseworlds crossover back in 2018. She was popular enough that the series was greenlit and it did well for The CW, scoring a season two renewal.
Now Rose has left the series for reasons that haven’t been shared. Just that she is leaving and the role of Kate Kane will be recast with a new actress. Honestly, we thought that if Rose would quit then it would be after she broke her neck/back in a stunt gone wrong for Batwoman. While we are VERY CURIOUS about her reasons and what happened to lead to her leaving the show, we wish Rose all the best in her future endeavors and thank her for the performances of Kate Kane that she gave us.
Rose released a statement on her exit, which read, “I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season. 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.”
Warner Bros, The CW, and Berlanti Productions released a joint statement as well.
“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.”
Who will play the part remains unknown. Though, honestly, an unknown actress would probably be best. If the recasting will somehow be explained, well that remains to be seen as well. Just as if the series will survive such a recast.
Batwoman will return in Jan. 2021 on The CW.