Ruby Rose is leaving her titular role in the CW’s Batwoman series.
Deadline is breaking the story, stating that no reason has been given by either the actress nor the production as to the reason for Rose’s departure. The show had already been renewed by the CW for its second season. Deadline’s reporting did stress that Rose’s departure did not seem to be related to the stunt accident the actress suffered last September that
The CW will recast the role before production on that season commences later this year.
In a statement, Rose said –
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.
The former Orange Is The New Black cast member was first cast as Batwoman, aka Kate Kane, cousin to Gotham City billionaire Bruce Wayne, otherwise known as Batman, back in the summer of 2018. The character was slated to appear as part of the CW’s Arrowverse crossover event Elseworlds. The plan was that if viewer reaction was favorable, the character would then receive her own series. It was and The Vampire Diaries executive producer Caroline Dries was brought on to oversee the show.
Batwoman premiered last October and participated in this year’s annual CW Arrowverse crossover, Crisis On Infinite Earths. As part of its second season, the show will crossover with the freshman series Superman And Lois for a two-part adventure in early 2021. This Sunday saw the series air its season finale, a season that was cut short by two episodes doing production shutting down early because of coronavirus.