Holy cats, Batman! Er, woman. Ruby Rose, who plays the Batwoman, has announced that she, Ruby Rose, is leaving Batwoman. Yes, the show she’s been on for one (1) whole season.
Say More Words About the Batwoman
Although the series has been on for only a season, Rose has actually been appearing as the character since 2018. She first appeared as Batwoman in the Arrowverse Elseworlds crossover. (Specifically, she made her debut on episode nine of Arrow‘s seventh season, the episode “Elseworlds, Part 2.”) The series had already been in development by that point.
The first trailers for the show appeared in the summer of 2019 and they immediately set the internet on fire. Well, they really riled up the folks who are now mad about wearing masks or Land O’Lakes butter changing its logo or whatever. You know, perpetual outrage machines.
But after all that, what remained was a show that was very fine. I mean, I stopped watching it–my schedule is packed, baby–but I enjoyed the outfits on Worn on TV. (Great gowns, beautiful gowns.) Apparently, it was a pretty good season, though. And while the ratings were never spectacular, the show earned a full pick-up shortly after its first episode. In addition, The CW renewed it for a second season only a few months later.
So Why the Heck–Sorry for the Strong Language–Is Ruby Rose Leaving Batwoman?
That’s why it was shocking to find out that Ruby Rose is leaving Batwoman. After all, she’s got a guaranteed job for at least another year at a network that loves giving out renewals. They renew shows you’ve never heard of, like Flash Force, Literal Vampires, and Teen Soap Past Its Prime. (Can you say for certain that none of those are real Cee Dub shows? Exactly.)
So since this is such a drastic move, some folks have already speculated that perhaps Rose’s past injuries have motivated her decision. She did sustain some serious injuries while making the show. However, that’s apparently not the case. Whatever the reason, Rose and the folks behind the show have not disclosed it publicly. Instead, in a statement Rose released today, she simply acknowledges the cast and crew for the opportunity. Her statement reads, “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.”
The folks behind the show, including Warner Bros and Berlanti Productions, also released a statement. In theirs, they thank Rose and mention their plans to recast the character. As this Batwoman made history as the first gay lead on a comic book show, the companies affirmed their decision to recast the role with a member of the LGBTQ community.
Wow, bro, are you shocked? Let us know what you think, including who you’d like to see in the role, here or on social media.
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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. She now splits her time between the Appalachian wilds (of Alabama) and the considerably more refined streets of New York City. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf.