In Surprising Twist, Ruby Rose Leaves LGBTQ-Themed 'Batwoman' Series Ahead of Season 2

Wednesday May 20, 2020

No one saw this twist coming — not even producers.

Ahead of its second season, actor Ruby Rose is leaving the CW series "Batwoman" where she played the titular superhero, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Warner Bros. TV, which produces the drama, said the lead role will be recast.

"Batwoman" became the first scripted live-action TV show that features an openly lesbian superhero as its lead. THR notes it was important to producers Greg Berlanti, who is openly gay, and showrunner Caroline dies, that the Batwoman role went to someone LGBTQ.

Rose's announcement came Tuesday — just two days after the season finale.

"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," she added. "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."

In a joint statement, the CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions commented on Rose leaving the show.

"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 statement reads. "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."