“Because she’s not the hero Gotham deserves. We don’t need her right now. So we’ll hunt her. Because she’s a quitter.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself, Commissioner. Ruby Rose has quit Batwoman after one season. In an official statement, the actress expressed her appreciation to the cast and crew of The CW series and stated that it was very difficult in making the decision to depart the show.
Here’s her statement:
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman 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. 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.”
You can’t help but think that everyone working for Batwoman isn’t a little PO’d right now. First, a pandemic grinds production to a halt leading to a shortened season and most of the crew out of work for the time. Next, the title star quits after one season. What’s next?
It’s pretty rare to see a title character depart after a lone season, especially when they are the face of the show. Granted, Rose did royally fuck up her back performing a stunt in season one which almost gave her facial paralysis. That’s not exactly something you want if you’re an actor. So if she’s peacing out because she values her life over money, well I’ll give my respect to her for that.
The show’s producers seem to be playing nice as they offered up their own statement on Rose’s departure:
“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.”
Rose did face quite a bit of backlash after being cast back in 2018 for that year’s Arrowverse crossover Elseworlds. To be honest, she isn’t the best actress, but I eventually warmed up to her as Batwoman. Granted I’ve only seen her in crossovers, so I can’t speak for the show itself (it’s terrible I’m told).
As for who they should get as the new Batwoman? Well, Brooklyn Nine Nine actress Stephanie Beatriz has thrown her name into the ring over on her Twitter. She’s apparently a fan of the character and is a member of the LGBTQ community. And she’s probably a better actor too.
It’ll be interesting to see what other changes, if any, are made to the second season of Batwoman. With Rose gone, the writers could easily revamp the show and make a number of changes. Now is the time to make them.
Calling all Arrowverse fans in the Wasteland: did you like Rose as Batwoman or are you happy to see her gone? Who should replace her? Tell us in the comments!