Seriously out of the blue news here: Ruby Rose is turning her back on Warner Bros' and The CW's Batwoman after just one series.
Fresh off the news of the show getting renewed for a second season - and having just revealed the Arrowverse's Bruce Wayne, in fact - the star is out and the show runners will be recasting.
Neither she nor the producers have been forthcoming with a reason yet, but here's what Rose said:
“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.”
Deadline offer a little more saying it is a mutual decision after everyone involved reflected on the first season and its challenges. Sounds like someone, somewhere wasn't entirely happy? Deadline's report suggests that BOTH parties were unhappy, in actual fact and couldn't see a way forward. Apparently it's not related to the stunt injury that left Rose needing emergency surgery and potentially facing paralysis.
Rose's announcement went on:
“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.”
WBTV and Berlanti Productions have affirmed that they intend to cast another LGBTQ actress in the groundbreaking role and thanks to pandemic related delays they now have plenty of time to do so.
It's just a shame there's had to be such a dramatic shake-up after only one season.