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Just when a second season for Batwoman was renewed, Ruby Rose announces she’s quitting the superhero role!
The 34 -year-old Australian actress already expressed that she is no longer coming back for the second season, and now that she is gone, CW has to recast Kate Kane as soon as possible.
In a statement via The Deadline, Rose said:
“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,” Rose said.
Rose remained grateful for all the experiences and thanked those who worked with her in the superhero show.
Rose and the studios did not specify the reason behind her departure.
Though this might come as a shock considering Batwoman is Rose’s biggest role, it’s worth noting that her flight as Batwoman was not exactly smooth sailing either.
Last month, we reported about the show’s latest episodes experiencing a huge drop in ratings despite the increase in TV viewership due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
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The Deadline also shared that this is a mutual decision for both parties after recently “reflecting on the first season and its challenges.”
The website also revealed about hearing that Rose is simply unable to cope up with the long and tedious working hours required for the show.
To top it all, the actress also had seriously injured herself last year while doing stunts which required Emergency surgery, although Deadline noted this has nothing to do with her decision.
Even Rose’s casting as Batwoman in 2018 received a huge backlash, some even coming from the members of the LGBTQ community.
Rose was originally cast for the 2018-19 Arrowverse crossover, and later for a full-fledged pilot.
The public made negative remarks about her identity and acting skills. The backlash was so great that Rose even reportedly quit Twitter.
This is not about Ruby Rose, it is about a network (and an industry) systematically ignoring the voices of the LGBTTIQ + community, particularly the L, creating new forms of queerbating in the process. #RecastBatwoman
— La mesita (@Lamesitadenoch3) August 7, 2018
“She can’t act.” I always love that. Many famous, famous, successful actors “can’t act”. Honestly can’t believe no Emmy or Oscar winners, bonafide can-actors, took the role.
— Syren Callista (@PetSupergirl) August 7, 2018
With Rose now gone and the second season set to release early next year, CW shared their plans and assured fans that they are still committed to the Lesbian superhero.
One of their plans is to recast another LGBTQ actress for the role.
“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,” CW and WB 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.”
Well, goodbyes are not always the end. We sure hope that this decision turns out positively for both the Batwoman show and Rose.
The Batwoman season 2 is set to release in January 2021. It is expected to be more involved with the Arrowverse crossover as CW announced.