Ruby Rose’s surprise exit from Batwoman was one twist not even the world’s greatest detective could see coming.
Back in May, Rose announced that she would not be returning for the CW show’s second season. In a new interview with Entertainment Weekly, the Aussie actress went into more detail about what led to her departure.
“Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. 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.”
Back in 2019, Rose had revealed to fans that she was seriously injured on set and required emergency surgery after doing her own superhero stunts.
“I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord [sic]. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms,” she’d explained.
In her EW interview, though, The Meg star said her injury wasn’t the only factor that led her to hang up Batwoman’s cape and cowl:
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. 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 said she is “very honored” to have played Kate Kane, and was “so proud and so happy” when she learned bisexual actress Javicia Leslie had been cast as Ryan Wilder, the new Batwoman lead.
“I’m just really stoked and I’m definitely going to watch the next season as well and see how it all comes together,” she added.
Batwoman Season 2 is scheduled to premiere in 2021.