In some surprising news, The CW’s Batwoman is now on the hunt for a new Kate Kane.
Courtesy of Variety, Batwoman star Ruby Rose has departed the series just a matter of days after its debut season came to a close in the US.
On her decision to step away from the cape and cowl, Rose said, “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. 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.”
Rose first turned up as Batwoman in 2018’s Elseworlds crossover event, before then having her own Batwoman show debut last October. That show would go on to be the second most-viewed of The CW’s shared Arrowverse series during its debut season.
The current plan is still for Batwoman’s second season to premiere in January 2021, with tentative plans to do a crossover tale with the impending Superman and Lois show that’s in the works.
From The CW’s standpoint, they’ve released a statement to reiterate that they are committed to Batwoman’s long-term future and that they “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.”
So the good news is that Batwoman will be back for a second season, but the bad news is that the series now has a Ruby Rose-shaped hole to fill.