Batwoman premiered at the start of the 2019-2020 TV season, and just concluded its freshman season this weekend. It set the stage for an exciting Batwoman season 2 even despite the show having to wrap up a few episodes early.
Though Batwoman is already renewed for season 2, the show is among a full slate of Arrwoverse series delayed to January 2021 by The CW. This is the result of production shutdowns on CW television shows to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it seems Batwoman will be facing another hurdle going into season 2.
Ruby Rose No Longer Our Batwoman
Deadline reports that Rose is leaving Batwoman, with Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions to recast the role of Kate Kane before beginning production on season 2. Rose issued a statement on her departure from Batwoman:
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.
The Re-Casting Begins
Batwoman production companies WBTV and Berlanti Prods. issued a statement together, and on behalf of The CW, thanking Rose for her tenure on the series and reassuring viewers they remain dedicated to casting an LGBTQ actress in the role of Kate Kane, who is a lesbian. Read their statement below:
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.
No doubt that this news, is just DAM unfortunate, so which LGBTQ actress who is suitable for Rose’s replacement?