Making her announcement via an official statement released on May 19, the Australian actress—who played the role of Kate Kane, an heiress moonlighting as DC’s very-first LGBTQ superhero—revealed that she won’t be returning to the series for its next season following her one season tenure in the titular role, as reported by People.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in the 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.”
Rose continued: “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.”
Per People, Warner Bros., The CW and Berlanti Productions issued a joint statement to thank Ruby Rose for her “contributions to the success of our first season”—which spanned 18 episodes that are currently airing on Foxtel—and wished her “all the best”. Warner Bros. also added that the second season of Batwoman will go on, with the starring role to be recast by a “member of the LGBTQ community.”
Since the release of Rose’s statement, reports have emerged that the actress’s departure from what she once called her “dream” role was an exit that was mutually agreed upon between herself and the show’s producers. TV Line reports that Rose’s decision to quit “wasn’t 100-percent her decision,” as disclosed by a source close to the show. The insider also likened the decision to “a break-up”, adding that “she wasn’t happy working on the show,” and that “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,” the source concluded.
Yet another insider added that, following Rose’s roles in both John Wick: Chapter 2 and The Meg prior to shooting Batwoman, the demand placed on her by a lead TV role—her first-ever leading role—became distressing, this unease was only amplified by her failure to acclimate to life in Vancouver, where the series is shot.
While neither Rose or Batwoman’s producers cited the reason the actress parted ways with the series, News.com.au speculates that a serious injury the Orange Is The New Black alum recently sustained—and had emergency surgery for in September 2019—may have been sustained on the set of the series while performing stunts.
Documenting her procedure at the time, Rose said the injury caused two herniated discs that left her in “chronic pain”, unable to feel her arms, and were close to severing her spinal cord.