Ruby Rose, star of The CW’s freshmen series, Batwoman, has made the decision to leave the show after the first season, which has already been renewed for a second.
“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.”
She went on to acknowledge the series’ creative team as well as the heads of the CW, Mark Pedowitz, and Warner Bros.’ TV operation, Peter Roth.
“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,” she 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.”
Neither Rose, nor the Batwoman producers would speak to the reasons for the actress’ exit, though sources indicated that it is NOT related to the stunt injury she sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery.
In a joint statement, Berlanti Prods. and WBTV reaffirmed their commitment to Batwoman and to casting another LGBTQ actress in the groundbreaking role.
“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.”
This is a huge development for this series. What does this mean for the future of this series? How will it affect the announced crossover with Superman & Lois?
What are your thoughts on this? Who would you like to see take over the role of Kate Kane? I guess we’ll have to wait to find out.
Stay tuned to DC Comics News for all the updates regarding the future of Batwoman.