The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ruby Rose, the lead of CW’s DC superhero drama series Batwoman, has exited the series, while Warner Bros. TV stated the role will be recast.
Batwoman revolves around Kate Kane, who, armed with a passion for social justice and flair for speaking her mind, soars onto the streets of Gotham as Batwoman, an out lesbian and highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence. But don’t call her a hero yet…in a city desperate for a saviour, Kate must overcome her own demons before embracing the call to be Gotham’s symbol of hope.
Ruby Rose released a statement saying:
I have made the very difficult decision to not 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. 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 CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions, 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.
Ruby Rose initially portrayed Kate Kane in the Arrowverse crossover event back in 2018, leading to getting her solo series last year, which just had its season one finale a few nights ago in the US. Upon her initial casting however, the reaction on social media led to her quitting twitter and in September last year, she had to undergo emergency surgery after a serious stunt injury on set left her facing the possibility of paralysis. Deadline‘s sources indicate that the stunt injury she sustained is not related to her departure.
It’s a shame, while I never watched the series yet (waiting for the lot to become available on All4), I thought she was solid in the Arrowverse crossover events. Not only does it feel shocking that someone as the lead of their show in the Arrowverse has left after one season, but when was the last time the lead departed on a CW show in genral? It’s unclear with this pandemic when the studio/network will start looking to recast the title role.