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Ruby Rose departs Batwoman after just one series

Batwoman

Story by Jack Foley

RUBY Rose, the star of The CW’s Batwoman, is leaving the show after just one season.

The series, which already has been renewed for a second season, will now recast the iconic role in time for its sophomore run.

Announcing her decision in a statement, 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.”

No reason has yet been given for the departure by either Rose or Batwoman‘s producers. And it is not thought to be linked to the injury she sustained during the filming of season 1, which left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery.

Rose’s statement 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.”

Batwoman is seen as a landmark series for its producers, given that it saw Rose playing the first gay lead character – male or female – of a live-action superhero series. Her character came out to Gotham City in an episode of the series’ freshman season.

But in a joint statement, Berlanti Prods. and Warner Bros TV reaffirmed their commitment to Batwoman and to casting another LGBTQ actress in the role.

They said: “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 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.”