After a first season finale full of twists and confirmation of a second season in 2021, it was surprising news for Batwoman fans that Ruby Rose would be cutting ties with the show, leaving the series to find someone else to play the titular role. And Rose’s sudden exit had fans speculating over the reasoning behind the decision, with some attributing it to injuries she sustained doing stunts last year, and others suggesting that leaving wasn’t entirely the actress’ choice.
TVLine has done some digging, and what they found seems to give some weight to the latter theory. Although there seems to be some truth to the actress’ sentiment that it was “a difficult decision” and that she was “grateful” for the opportunity, according to an insider close to the production, Rose didn’t particularly enjoy working on the show:
It wasn’t 100-percent 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.
As far as why Rose wasn’t satisfied playing Batwoman, the insider cited the long hours required of a lead actor on a show like this and the idea that Rose didn’t adjust well to life in Vancouver, where the show is filmed. Whatever the exact reasons for Rose’s departure, it sounds like this exit was in the best interests of everyone involved.
Although The CW hasn’t commented on this new info, it’s already confirmed that it will make another season of Batwoman, but with someone else in the lead role. There’s been no confirmation of who will replace Rose just yet, but many fans are calling for an LGBTQ+ actress to take her place. As far as how the series will explain the shift, that’s anyone’s guess, but hopefully whoever they cast will be able to command the audience’s attention to that we’re not thinking about it too much.