Ruby Rose, who is playing the title role in CW’s Batwoman, announced that she is quitting the show. The news left fans in shock and confusion. Ruby Rose made this announcement two days after the finale episode of season one aired.
Batwoman is the first live-action TV series with a lesbian superhero character.
Ruby Rose first appeared as Batwoman in Arrowverse crossover event “Elseworlds” and got her solo series in 2019. She was extremely passionate about the role. After Ruby Rose announced her departure, people were speculating the reason for it. She suffered a severe on-set back injury in 2019. She also faced harassment on Twitter for being a lesbian actress playing a lesbian superhero. But none of these is the reason for her decision.
Here is what she said about her departure:
“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. 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.”
Playing a Batwoman requires night shifts, and Ruby Rose was distressed by the long working hours. Hence the showrunners and Ruby Rose decided to part ways.
Season one was a great success and season two will premiere in January 2021. Since the show now does not have the lead actress, the showrunners are looking for a new LGBTQ actress to replace Ruby Rose as Batwoman/Kate Kane.
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