Ruby Rose Breaks Her Silence on Surprise “Batwoman” Departure

"It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know..."

Ruby Rose has been quiet since hanging up her cowl and cape, but the out actress has finally spoken out on her shocking decision to leave Batwoman after one season.

“I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community,” the Australian actress wrote on Instagram. “I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also.”

As NewNowNext previously reported, in 2018 it was announced that Rose, who identifies as lesbian and genderfluid, would be suiting up as the masked heroine in The CW’s comic book adaptation. But last week, in a surprise move that not even the world’s greatest detective could see coming, she decided to exit the series ahead of its second season.

“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. 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.”

TV Line reports that Rose’s departure wasn’t entirely her decision:

“It was a breakup. She wasn’t happy working on the show, and did that make her fun to work with? No. So everyone decided it would be in the best interests of the show, and for all concerned if they parted ways. It just wasn’t a good fit,” a source told the site.

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Rose’s Batwoman, AKA Kate Kane—a character fans of the comics know is an out-and-proud lesbian—made her onscreen debut in a crossover special from The CW’s Arrowverse called “Elseworlds.” Her casting was announced with mixed reactions. While some fans were excited to see an openly queer woman cast in the role, others flooded Rose’s social media feeds with angry messages, stating that because she doesn’t specifically identify as a lesbian, she shouldn’t play a lesbian protagonist.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions also released a joint statement on Rose’s surprise sayonara:

“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.”

The second season of Batwoman is set to premiere in 2021.

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