Ruby Rose quits Batwoman; Role to be recast for season 2

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In a shocking announcement, Ruby Rose has revealed she is quitting the Batwoman series on The CW.

On Tuesday afternoon, and with no advance warning, Rose announced that she would be departing Batwoman after only one season.

“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 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. “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.”

“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 two 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.”

While no reason was given for her decision in the statement, Rose did suffer a significant injury early in shooting that led to her requiring surgery. There’s no indication if that played a role in her decision or not. However, a source speaking with Variety said it “had nothing to do with her health or injury.”

Speculation is sure to run rampant as to why Rose left, but the real question will be who will replace her now. With The CW holding its returning shows until Jan. 2021, there is some time for the hunt to occur.