The CW and Warner Bros. TV to recast the role for Season 2
In what can only come as a major surprise, it has been confirmed that Ruby Rose has exited her role as Batwoman after only one season. The stellar DC series completed its successful season-long run just a few days ago, but now the search is on to find her replacement. A timeline for a new actress to take over the landmark role has yet to be decided.
Batwoman was renewed for a second season in January and was set to spearhead The CW network’s Sunday night slot starting in early 2021. Batwoman made TV history when it became the first scripted live-action TV series to feature a lesbian superhero in the title role – a breakthrough the producers were eager to promote. Just minutes after the news hit the wires both Rose and producers Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions released a statement announcing her departure. In a refreshing twist, all parties were eager to stress that they parted on good terms.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” said Rose. “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.”
The CW, Warner Bros. TV, and Berlanti Productions followed up by saying: “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.”
Batwoman joined a host of other CW series’ which were forced into hiatus following the outbreak of the coronavirus. The series concluded after airing just twenty of the pre-planned twenty-two episodes and the narrative of those episodes is still unknown at this time. Whether these episodes were designed as transitional episodes devoted to phasing Rose out remains to be seen, but with the search now on for her replacement, it seems reasonable that their content may have ended on a cliffhanger that Rose is now unable to fulfill.
Batwoman was scheduled to return to television in the new year alongside The Flash, Supergirl, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, and network newcomer Superman & Lois. Whether The CW can find a suitable replacement before production on season two is scheduled to begin remains to be seen. However, it is refreshing to hear the producers emphasize the need to cast a member of the LGBTQ community and continue to build upon the foundations built by the first season.
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