Whelp, when I said the role of Batwoman might have been too big for actor Ruby Rose I was too far off. News is now breaking about why the actor stepped away from the role.
Initially, Rose’s statement did not give much information as to her reason for leaving, but there are a number of behind-the-scenes factors that likely influenced her decision.
She wrote in a 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 [executive producers] 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 [Warner Bros. boss] Peter Roth and [CW president] 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.”
Filming the first season on Batwoman also left Rose with some injuries that may have influenced her decision to go. In September 2019, the actor had to have emergency surgery following a stunt. She wrote on Instagram: “To everyone asking about my new Pez dispenser scar on my neck… A couple of months ago I was told I needed an emergency surgery or I was risking becoming paralyzed. I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal chord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms.”
Furthermore, a source close to the CW series said the choice for Rose to leave was not completely her decision. The source said Rose was not happy working on the show and it created tension amongst her fellow cast members. Many said “It just wasn’t a good fit.”
It was also said Rose wasn’t happy devoting so much time to a television series as opposed to her feature work on John Wick and The Meg.