Ruby Rose stars as the title role in The CW’s Batwoman. Or should I say “starred” since she quit that bitch after only one season. The show will go on without Ruby, though, so expect a new chick to don that Batwoman cowl with an attached red weave. Because of all the stories of how Ruby Rose partly lives up to her name by being a thorny toxic asshole, you might think that producers realized that they didn’t want a real-life villain playing Batwoman and fired her ass, but this is being painted as though Ruby broke up with them, okay?
Batwoman finished its 20-episode first season recently. The last two episodes were scrapped because of coronavirus. The series was picked up for a second season and should be back in January, but Ruby won’t be. Deadline says Ruby and the show both confirmed that they’re done with each other:
“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.”
Berlanti Prods. and WBTV gave a joint statement about the show and promised to cast another member of the LGBTQ community in the role:
“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.”
The reason for Ruby’s exit wasn’t really discussed but Deadline has some theories. Apparently rumors have it that Ruby and the production team just were not a good fit. Ruby has never worked on a network drama before and apparently it requires a long commitment (in exchange for piles of money and fame). She had previously done movies and a nine-episode arc on Orange Is The New Black so apparently the grind just got too much. Ruby also recently almost got paralyzed during a stunt injury and had to get emergency surgery (but a source claims that’s not the reason why she left). Deadline said:
It was not a good fit, and the studio and the star opted to part ways… I hear the two sides mutually decided to part ways after recently reflecting on the first season and its challenges.
Welp, I wonder if Batwoman is going to address the sudden change of actress in the series? Make it a plot point like Dynasty when they burned Nicolette Sheridan‘s face off? Or maybe they’ll just jokingly allude to it à-la jokes like: “Did you change your hair, you look different?” Regardless, The CW is known for making actors sign long contracts that are hard to get out of, so something messy must have gone down. And just like that, this story has become more dramatic and emotion-filled than the show itself (although, if you’ve seen Ruby’s acting in the show that’s not hard to do).
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