Out actress Ruby Rose has quit the role of Batwoman on the acclaimed CW show after just a single season.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in a statement first reported by PEOPLE. “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.”
Warner Bros. issued a statement thanking Rose for her “contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best,” and assuring fans the role would be recast with “a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”
No reason was given for Rose’s sudden departure from the role.
Rose portrayed Kate Kane, the cousin of Bruce Wayne, who takes up the Bat mantle as vigilante crimefighter of Gotham City following Bruce’s disappearance. Rose’s character was historic as the first lesbian superhero in a leading television role.
Rose told the Blade in October: “I’m sure there’s going to be many other versions after this and different actors that play it, it’s an entity far bigger than me. But in the version I get to play, the Kate that I’ve sort of developed and love, she is a certain way. … I mean who knows when I’m 60 and I’m like, ‘Hey kids, I was Batwoman!’ And they’re like, ‘Whatever, Selena Gomez’s great-granddaughter is Batwoman now,’ I’m sure there will be many reincarnations and I’m excited about that. But it’s definitely like a legacy piece that I really think is important and I dedicate all of my time to it.”