One week after Ruby Rose suddenly announced her exit from the CW series “Batwoman,” the lesbian actress addressed her departure on social media.
Her statement cryptically reveals that the decision wasn’t made easily, but the reason will be kept private for now. Rose’s “Batwoman” was the first openly queer lead character in a live-action superhero series.
“It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know,” Rose wrote on Instagram. “I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all.
Rose also thanked the “cast, crew, producers and studio” in her statement. “Thank you everyone for coming on this journey,” she wrote. “If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.”
Though Rose still hasn’t clarified the reason for her exit, Deadline reported that it was likely due to a stunt injury that Rose suffered during the first season. An insider also told TV Line that Rose was “distressed” by the long hours that the role required, as it was her first full-time TV role after “Orange Is the New Black.”
“It wasn’t 100-percent her decision,” the source told TV Line. “It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit.”
Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions previously confirmed that the role of Batwoman will be recast with another LGBTQ+ actress. Rose was initially cast in 2018, though she faced vicious social media backlash for taking the role.
“I’m sure next season will be amazing also,” Rose wrote this week. “*hangs up cowl and cape.”