Back in August, 2018, Ruby Rose announced her new role of Batwoman in the upcoming CW Network series adaptation of the beloved comic. Leading a line of strong women-centred roles from 2019 including Wonder Woman and Mulan, the role would also see a gay actress step into the spotlight. But following the first season of Batwoman, the Australian actor has decided to hang up the cape forever.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” said Rose in a statement published to Variety. “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.”
The reason behind her departure remains unclear however she has battled with injuries in the past and last year, underwent emergency surgery for two herniated discs. However according to a close source of the publication, her decision “had nothing to do with her health or injury.”
CW and Warner Bros. will now forge ahead with a new lead who will also be a member of the LGBTQ community.
“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,” said Warner Bros. TV, the CW and Berlanti Productions in a joint statement. “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.”
Stay tuned for further developments.