Ruby Rose again steps forward to the bat-inquisition.
The former lead of the CW series Batwoman has gone on record twice previously to disclose why she vacated the role of Kate Kane. Before, she cited her unpreparedness for the schedule of a lead actor. She has also gone on record to say her cited neck injury only reinforced her commitment to the role. Now, she chooses to delve deeper, this time citing the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We didn’t get to finish the first season, ” she explains, “which is such a shame, especially for a first season show. And then we went into lockdown with COVID and thinking of it in quarantine and lockdown, there was a lot of thought and reflection and kind of everyone did it. We all kind of thought where we’re at and so did Warner Brothers [and producer Greg Berlanti] and we were discussing the show and we had a conversation.”
Ruby Rose On Achievements and Regrets
As many now know, rather than kill off Rose’s character, Kate Kane, or recast, showrunner Caroline Dries instead created an original character. Filling the cape and cowl following Kate’s disappearance will be Ryan Wilder, played by LGBT actress Javica Leslie. As a lesbian and woman of color, Leslie’s casting will appeal to both demographics.
However, the actress has no regrets on her involvement in the series. “I am so proud at what we achieved. We set out to achieve something pretty significant, you know, the first-ever live action Batwoman and the first-ever, out gay superhero, her and Kate Kane. And I love that character and the whole experience, but we did have a discussion and we mutually agreed that probably what was best for the show at the time that they go in a different direction and I go in a different direction. It was tough because it was sad [because] we love each other, but it made sense for so many reasons. And I think at the end of the day, I’m really excited to watch season two.”
“And I feel as far as Kate’s story, it kind of made sense now that handing over the mantle to somebody else would be a very sort of creative process for the producers and the show. And then, for myself, saying goodbye to that character is sad, but I also am excited for everything else that’s coming up.”
The second season of Batwoman is currently in production at their Vancouver set and will premiere some time in 2021.