Ruby Rose shared a cryptic message referring to her abrupt Batwoman exit in an Instagram posting, teasing that she is keeping the details to herself “for now,” but “those who know, know.”
Last week, the actress shocked fans when she announced that she would be exiting The CW superhero drama series after it concluded its first season earlier in May. Batwoman will recast the lead role ahead of its second season, which is expected to premiere in 2021.
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On Wednesday, May 27, Rose posted an Instagram video highlighting her time on the show.
“It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community,” she captioned the clip. “I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape.”
Rose also thanked fans, cast, crew, and more of the Batwoman team. Her words echoed her original statement when she first revealed her departure.
“I have made the very difficult decision to not return to Batwoman next season,” Rose said in the initial statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly. “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.”
The Australian actress continued: “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.”
Rose made her debut as Batwoman in 2018’s Arrowverse crossover “Elseworlds” before getting her own solo series, which made history as the first-ever superhero series headlined by an out LBGTQ+ hero.
When Rose was on the set of “Elseworlds,” she spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how much it meant for her to play Batwoman/Kate Kane.
“The fact that she is an outwardly gay superhero, which is something growing up I would’ve loved to have seen on my TV, was a big deciding factor as to why I was so passionate about the role,” Rose said at the time. “This [role] just meant a lot more to me because I could relate in so many ways and, at the same time, felt like this was a job that would give me a purpose every day coming into work beyond just getting to live my dream, which is acting, and would be far more rewarding than anything I’ve done in the past.”
Some fans have speculated that Rose’s exit from Batwoman was perhaps influenced by the physically demanding stunts she had to do on the show. Last year, the actress revealed that she underwent emergency surgery because she was at risk to become paralyzed after she sustained injuries from various stunts.
“I had herniated two discs doing stunts, and they were close to severing my spinal cord. I was in chronic pain and yet couldn’t feel my arms,” Rose said in an Instagram video from September.
Batwoman season 2 is expected to return January 2021 on the CW.
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Thank you everyone for coming on this journey. If I mentioned everyone it would be 1000 tags.. but Thank you to the cast, crew, producers and studio. It wasn’t an easy decision but those who know, know.. I didn’t want to not acknowledge everyone involved and how big this was for TV and for our community. I have stayed silent because that’s my choice for now but know I adore you all. I’m sure next season will be amazing also. Xxx *hangs up cowl and cape. Also @mysmarvel