The Australian actress Ruby Rose is to leave her role as comic book superhero Batwoman after just one season
The series, which has already been renewed for a second season, will continue with the title role getting recast.
“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.”
Batwoman, which began on the CW network last year, is the first superhero show to have an openly gay lead character. Its producers said they were “firmly committed” to the show’s “long-term” future and would re-cast the role with another member of the LGBTQ community.
The 34-year-old said Rose, who is herself gay, said she was “truly grateful… to everyone who made season one a success”.
Neither Rose nor the Batwoman producers would speak to the reasons for the actress’ exit so early into the series’ life, though sources indicated that it is not related to the stunt injury she sustained during filming of Season 1, which left her facing paralysis and needing emergency surgery.
As someone who was not a fan of Rose’s portrayal of Batwoman since I first saw her in the Arrowverse crossover episodes, is it wrong to say, I look forward to the CW casting someone with more acting chops. I might just catch up on the rest of the season now.