Would Ruby Rose Still Be ‘Batwoman’ If COVID-19 Never Happened?

Ruby Rose stunned fans by exiting The CW’s Batwoman following the first season finale. Since then, fans have speculated about why the actor parted ways with the Arrowverse series. Now Rose has opened up about factors that spurred the decision to leave the popular show.

Ruby Rose in Batwoman
Ruby Rose in Batwoman Jeffery Garland/The CW

Ruby Rose continued working on ‘Batwoman’ while recovering from an injury

While working on Batwoman, Rose experienced a back injury that required surgery, which she described in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. The star said the degree of the injury was not immediately apparent but became evident while filming The Doorman.

“Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. [Laughs] Being the lead in anything is tough,” Rose told the outlet. “But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery. I had my surgery, and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn’t the best idea. Most people take about a month or three off before they return to work, so it was definitely made more difficult by that. But as far as being a lead of a show or a film — regardless if it’s action or if it’s emotional — in whichever ways it’s taxing.”

Rose made the decision to leave ‘Batwoman’ during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Batwoman fans were surprised by Rose’s seemingly abrupt exit after a successful season. But, based on what the actor told EW, significant thought went into the choice, which was driven by more than the injury.

“It wasn’t so much [the injury], especially because after we wrapped up, we didn’t get to finish the real finale because of COVID,” she says. “You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do. I think for both [me and the producers], it was a great opportunity to have a dialogue about a lot of things. I respect them so much and they’ve been so respectful to me.”

Rose did not rule out a return to television in the future

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Batwoman was not Rose’s first TV gig — fans may remember the actor’s nine-episode stint on Orange Is the New Black. And according to what Rose told EW, Batwoman may not be her last foray on the small screen.

“I love my experience in [Batwoman]. I’m so grateful that we got to achieve everything that we did and I’m proud of everyone that worked on it,” said Rose. “I’m proud of myself for working under sort of interesting circumstances, you know, with the recovery and all. I would definitely do [TV] again. I just think that it was also time for me to take a break to fully heal and then return.”

It remains to be seen when Rose will return to television. But until then, movie buffs can look forward to at least three upcoming big-screen projects from the performer, including The Longest Night with Morgan Freeman, SAS: Red Notice opposite Tom Hopper, and the aforementioned The Doorman costarring Jean Reno.

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