In a shock announcement, Ruby Rose revealed that she will not be returning for the second season of Batwoman, which means the series lead will have to be recast. The actress broke the news in a statement that was released to the press on late Tuesday night.
“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.
“I am beyond appreciative to [exec producers] 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,” she added. “Thank you [WB chief] Peter Roth and [CW president] 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.”
In a joint statement. Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros Television vowed that they’d look to the LGBTQ community for Rose’s successor.
“[We] thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” the two companies said. “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.”
At present, it is unclear as to why Rose has chosen to depart the role. Rose landed the role in 2018 and played Kate Kane for the first time in December of that same year when she was part of the Elseworlds Crossover, which was near enough a year before the Batwoman series premiered.
The search is now on for another actor that can fill Rose’s boots and carry the torch forward. And given the choices of available LGBTQ talent out there. I don’t envoy the producer’s job, because there are a lot of strong contenders.