The news has just been revealed that actress Ruby Rose will be leaving The CW’s “Batwoman” series after only one season, forcing the network to recast the leading role for season two, as it has already been renewed by the network.
In a statement, Ruby Rose says, “I have made the very difficult decision not to 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.”
Other than her released statement both Ruby Rose and the show’s producers have not confirmed the exact reason for Rose’s early exit from the series after only one season, however, it is noted that a source claims that it is not due to the injury that Rose sustained during the filming of season one that nearly left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery as some may have suspected.
It is said that both Rose and the producers mutually decided to part ways after looking back on the first season and its various challenges. Shot in Vancouver, Batwoman produced 20 episodes of its 22-episode Season 1, cut short by the coronavirus pandemic, with the makeshift season finale airing this past Sunday.
Rose’s statement went on to say, “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.”
Berlanti Productions and WBTV also released a joint statement saying, “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.”