Just two days after Batwoman‘s makeshift season 1 finale, Deadline has reported that Ruby Rose, who plays the titular role and Bruce Wayne’s cousin, is turning off the bat signal and officially exiting the series. Since The CW had already renewed the series at the beginning of the year, Warner Bros. will recast the role for the show’s second season, which returns in 2021. In a statement about her decision, Rose said it was very difficult when deciding not to return 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.”
Berlanti Prods. and WBTV, in their own joint statement, discussed their commitment to not only Batwoman but to casting another LGBTQ actress as the lead.
“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.”
There’s no word on Rose’s reason for leaving the series, so for now, fans can only assume what could have happened while wishing her the best in whatever she chooses to do next. There’s also no telling how the new casting will be brought into season 2’s storyline, as there were still two episodes left to film of season 1 before production shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Batwoman season 1 is currently streaming on The CW App and will be streaming on HBO Max when it launches on May 27. Season 2 is scheduled to premiere during midseason next year.