Batwoman star Ruby Rose won’t be returning for the show’s second season, it was recently announced.
The show – which was renewed for a second season back in January – had enjoyed a fairly successful debut season and wrapped things up earlier this week.
Rose – who excelled in the role of Kate Kane – decided to leave the role behind after only one season, despite the Australian actress excelling in the role.
Neither Rose nor the shows production team shared reasons for Rose’s departure, but both released statements.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” said Rose. “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.”
Rose’s Kane was the first lesbian superhero to headline her own show and it was a conscious decision to cast a member of the LGBTQ community for the role, so it makes sense that The CW will look for someone who fits that bill to replace Rose.
Despite backlash following Rose’s casting as Kane, the actress did an admirable job in the role and I’ll be sad to see her go. Speculation now will go on who will replace Rose and I can’t wait to see who they bring in.