In an unprecedented move that has rocked Hollywood, Ruby Rose has announced that she will not be returning to her role as Kate Kane on the hit CW show, Batwoman. When Rose was cast as the superhero, fans lauded the casting of an openly gay woman playing the LGBTQ character.
As the lead on an Arrowverse show, Rose was able to bring visibility to an underprivileged community while shining a light on a character that has often been cast to the side in the superhero universe. When Batwoman was renewed for Season 2, despite its freshman season being cut short due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, fans were delighted.
However, with Rose out as the titular character, everyone seems to be scratching their head as to how the show will possibly proceed when it returns to screens in 2021. Furthermore, there are still questions about why Rose left in the first place.
Ruby Rose and The CW seem to agree that ‘Batwoman’ was not the right fit for her
Though she seemed thrilled when she was first cast in the role, Rose’s acting hasn’t exactly been praised in Batwoman. Furthermore, because she quit social media following her casting due to bullying and harassment, the Orange Is the New Black star never really promoted the series.
With all of the Arrowverse shows, including Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning, and Legends of Tomorrow the leading role has never ever been recast, and typically those contracts are beyond airtight. As a result, fans are convinced that neither Rose nor The CW was thrilled with the show or Rose’s performance.
“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.”
In a joint statement, Warner Bros., The CW, and Berlanti Productions thanked Rose for her work. “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,” the statement said. “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.”
Ruby Rose seriously injured herself early on in the series
Though her back injury that nearly led to paralysis was not listed as a reason for the 34-year-old’s exit, fans have speculated that the incident may have soured Rose’s perception of the show.
In September 2019, Rose shared the harrowing ordeal on her Instagram page. “To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery of I was risking becoming paralyzed,” she wrote. “I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal cord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms.”
Obviously, this is something an actor never hopes will happen on set, and it’s also extremely terrifying.
Ruby Rose hated the hectic ‘Batwoman’ schedule
Though they were only able to complete 18 episodes of Batwoman for Season 1 due to production shutdown, a typical season for an Arrowverse show includes 22-episodes. Additionally, the series is shot in Vancouver, Canada.
Deadline is reporting that Rose simply could not contend with the demanding schedule. “Doing a network drama is one of the hardest acting jobs, and not everyone is well equipped to handle the intensity and long hours involved,” Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva revealed. “I hear Rose, whose most extensive previous TV gig was a nine-episode arc on Orange Is the New Black, was not happy, and the show’s team was not happy to a point where no one could see this going for another season. It was not a good fit, and the studio and the star opted to part ways.”