If you’re a true-blue Batwoman fan, chances are you’re probably facepalming at the way things are panning out this year. Because well, it’s official: Ruby Rose will no longer play the lead in the much-awaited season 2 of the Batwoman Series. While the reason behind the spunky actress’s mysterious exit is yet to be known, speculations are rife that the decision was mutually decided upon by the show’s producers and Ruby Rose herself. They apparently came to a mutual decision to move on as things weren’t fitting for the actress, who allegedly wasn’t happy with the intensity and the strenuous nature of the project. This development, however, has nothing to do with the running of the show, as the makers will go ahead with a recast of the lead.
Fans broke into a state of tizzy as soon as Ruby Rose confirmed the rumours that were doing the rounds. Implying how it was a tough call; Rose released a statement (as reported in a media outlet): “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.”
But she STILL refused to divulge the actual reason that led to the drastic move. The 34-year-old Australian actress seemed to harbour no hard feelings whatsoever, and expressed deep gratitude to the producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Caroline Dries for what she calls an incredible opportunity of a lifetime. “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,” she said in the statement. “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.”
Not too long ago, there were talks about Ruby Rose’s health being a subject of concern—a stunt injury that resulted in paralysis and emergency surgery. But, no, sources close to the actress confirmed that her “health or injury” had nothing to do with her leaving the Batwoman series in its second season.
We feel you: It’s going to feel weird as hell to picture anyone else other than Ruby Rose play the titular character in the CW’s freshman drama series. But, it’s what you’ve got to get used to. The new LGBTQ lead is likely to be finalized in the coming months, as the casting process is underway.
Keeping things cordial (and less AWKWARD); The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions thanked Rose for her contributions so far and wished her the best.