While there has been a lot–A Lot–of speculation about Ruby Rose leaving Batwoman after only one season, there’s been no hard facts. Aside from the very anodyne statements Rose and the folks behind the show released, there’s also been nothing approaching an official explanation. That’s all changed, though, with Ruby Rose breaking her silence this week. Well, kinda. She said some words.
So, Like, Why Did She Leave Batwoman?
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In the time since she announced her departure, internet whiz kids have proffered a few suggestions. A common theme, though, is that she didn’t like the long hours. That might sound funny considering she was playing Batwoman on the Batwoman TV show. Like, did she not expect it would be a lot? And to that, I have to say, probably not. I mean, I’m sure she had a vague idea, but this is her first starring role. As with most things, I’m sure it was a lot different once she was actually doing it.
Add to that the fact that some sources say that she didn’t love living in Vancouver, and you can draw some conclusions. Most prominently, that Rose, who’s always been honest about her mental health struggles, opted for self-care. Still, you–especially if you were me–couldn’t help reading between the lines. Those statements were a little too anodyne, weren’t they? What I mean is, they seemed painstakingly constructed to discourage any controversy or curiosity, which just stoked it for me.
Well, it turns out my wolfey sense was right on the money. According to those same sources, “It wasn’t 100-percent her decision. It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned, if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit.” Hmmph.
Okay, How Did Ruby Rose Break Her Silence?
On social media, of course. Specifically, she reposted a fan-made video to her Instagram. (God only knows what she’s saying on her finsta.) Accompanying the video, she wrote a few thoughts. And while at first glance, her caption is as careful as her earlier statement, there’s a slight chill there.
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Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape. Also @mysmarvel
Particularly when she says, “It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know…I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all.” Hmm. While she doesn’t say much, her choice of words–saying she “stayed silent”–is certainly provocative. It seems unlikely you would use that language for a pleasant situation.
Me: I’ve had some good tacos this week. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now.
See? So perhaps she’ll give us her side of the story some time in the future. In the meantime, we’ll always have the first season (and the memory of those secret tacos).
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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. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.