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Ruby Rose steps away from Batwoman role after just one season

May 21st, 2020 by Marc Comments

The CW’s Arrowverse (yes, we’re still calling it that!) has had its first major upset in its seven-year and multiple series history as Batwoman star Ruby Rose has stepped down after just one season in the spandex and leather.

The series, despite pretty bad viewing figures since its debut, was renewed for a second season in January but it’ll be doing so now with out Kate Kane herself, Rose.

“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said.

“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.”

Now, I must admit, I’m way, way, way behind in the Arrowverse and have only seen two episodes of Batwoman and, I must admit, despite its glaring problems and, em, politics, I enjoyed Rose’s cocky attitude and she seeme to fit the role pretty well, so – in my opinion, I’m sorry to see her go.

The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions said of the announcement: “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.”

They go on to reveal that the job of replacing her is already under way: “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.”

Of course, as is the way of things, rumours have arisen since the announcement as to why she stepped down or, indeed, was she asked to leave. We may never know what or why but last year Rose suffered an injury while filming that required her to undergo emergency surgery. The actress said she had “herniated two discs doing stunts” at the time.

On top of this, new reports have hinted that Rose was not happy with the long hours or Vancouver (where these shows film) location and, as a result, had become quite difficult to work with: “It wasn’t 100-percent her decision,” says a source close to filming.

“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.”

Whatever the case, a new major opportunity has opened for actresses from the LGBTQ community and we can likely expect an announcement soon.

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Batwoman Season two kicks off with a major game-changer that will alter Gotham and The Bat Team forever. As the dust settles, Batwoman has everything working against her – including the recently escaped rogues’ gallery of villains – and everyone will come to see her in a whole new light. Alice meets her match when she becomes entangled with a dangerous foe from her past who knows exactly how to prey on her vulnerabilities. As Luke (Camrus Johnson) and Mary (Nicole Kang) find their footing as sidekicks, a romance will shake up their dynamic. Meanwhile, Sophie (Megan Tandy) and Julia’s (guest star Christina Wolfe) budding relationship will face its first real test and make Sophie question everything she thought she knew to be true.

Source: TVLine,

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….