Published May 19, 2020Out of nowhere, Ruby Rose has announced she is leaving the CW's Batwoman series.
Despite the show already being renewed for Season 2, Rose will not return, forcing the Warner Bros. TV/Berlanti Prods. drama to recast the lead role.
"I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season," Rose said in a statement "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."
As previously reported, Rose made headlines when she was first cast as Batwoman in 2018, making the actress the first gay lead character — male or female — of a live-action superhero series. At the time, she faced a wave of backlash, forcing the actress to even quit Twitter.
"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," Rose said. "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."
As of press time, however, it's unclear exactly why Rose is leaving the show. That said, Berlanti Prods. and WBTV confirmed Season 2 will go ahead, and the lead role will be recast.
"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 companies said 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."