Ruby Rose, star of the CW’s “Batwoman,” is officially stepping down from the series. The character will be recast for the second season.
Rose’s Batwoman, a lesbian, was the first openly queer lead character in a live-action superhero series. Rose is an out lesbian herself, though her casting in the role received major backlash from critics who accused her of not being “gay enough.” After officially debuting in the role in December 2019, Rose stated that she wasn’t phased by the criticism, telling the New York Times, “That’s fine. That’s life.” She also called Batwoman a “dream role.”
But even though the freshman drama series has already been renewed for Season 2, Rose won’t be staying on as Batwoman.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to ‘Batwoman’ next season,” Rose said in a statement, per Deadline. “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 continued, “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.”
Neither Rose nor Warner Bros. TV would reveal the reason for Rose’s abrupt early exit. However, it may be related to a major stunt injury that she suffered during Season 1. The injury required emergency surgery and left her facing paralysis. Season 1 of “Batwoman” was also forced to end two episodes early due to the coronavirus pandemic.
At the moment, Season 2 of “Batwoman” is without a lead star. In a joint statement, the CW, Warner Bros. TV, and Berlanti Productions revealed that they’ll be casting a “new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community” in the upcoming months.