Ruby Rose, the star of the CW’s Batwoman, has decided to leave the television series ahead of its already announced second season.
The exact reason she is leaving remains unclear. But the show will go on: Warner Bros., the studio behind Batwoman, and the CW have both committed to creating a second season with a new series lead.
Rose said in a statement
“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. 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.”
The CW had in January renewed Batwoman for the 2020-2021 season.
After Rose revealed last September that she had undergone emergency surgery for two herniated discs, questions arose as to which project had contributed to the injuries she sustained.
But several sources have stated that Rose’s decision “had nothing to do with her health or injury.”
Warner Bros. TV, the CW and Berlanti Productions released a joint statement stating:
“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”.
Season 1 is scheduled for an August 18, 2020 release on DVD and Blu-ray. Special features will include deleted scenes, a gag reel, highlights from DCTV’s 2019 San Diego Comic-Con panels, and a behind-the-scenes featurette entitled “On the Set”.
The release will also include a bonus disc with all five episodes of the “Crisis on Infinite Earths” crossover event.
Get your copy of Batwoman: Season 1 on Amazon now.