(This text represents the knowledge on May 20 – They seemingly developing a new character for the role as Batwoman)
This will be a rather long text…but I just have a lot to say about the latest news on the Batwoman show.
I woke up some hours ago I turned on my phone for a quick check if something interesting happened while I was asleep.
Oh boy! My jaw dropped right to the floor! Really? Is that news for real? No joke? Oh my…..!!!!
As a HUGE fan of the show, this news hit me like a train. And that after the news from last week with the January start date and the final episode of the season.
The lead actress of the show is leaving after season 1?!
This is something verrrry unusual as this just (normally) doesn’t happen.
I can’t think of many examples where that has happened in a TV show. OK, for example…in the Spartacus tv-show the main actor was replaced, but because he was very ill, as he had cancer. Certainly not a case that compares to this one. I’m sure there are some other examples, but not really from TV shows that I follow/ have followed.
Here is the statement of Ruby:
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.
Here is the statement of WB:
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.
Well, there are no reasons given for why she has left the show. Right now I can only speculate:
– Was it because of her injuries that forced her to leave nearly all action scenes to the stunt team? That was denied by some sources.
– Was it because of all the hate the show receives from the trolls and haters? Maybe
– Was it because she doesn’t feel good working on a TV show instead of movies as it is quite the difference?
– Perhaps it was too expensive to keep her? I would say no, as these contracts are surely made for a long run and not only for one season.
– Was the network not happy about her in the role?
Well, I do hope that at some point we may get an answer to why she left, but I think that won’t happen anytime soon
Actually, there were some signs that something like that might happen.
Oddly enough I thought some months back about the possibility of a recast for her role. But quickly I thought that things like that don’t happen, so I discarded that thought quickly.
I was wondering why Ruby was doing so few promo events in the past months. I mean Nicole Kang, Camrus Johnson and Rachel Skarsten did make a lot of promo for the show…on their social media accounts, on takeovers on Instagram, promo videos on youtube and so on. And Ruby, as the lead actress….only showed up on rare occasions. OK, I thought about if she had some sort of clause in her contract that she doesn’t have to do such things. But I thought it was highly unusual.
Last week the CW released this promo image that I posted last week as well:
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And I was thinking: Is that really Rube Rose on that picture as Batwoman??? I still think it isn’t Ruby Rose!
Last week I thought: Ok, Ruby couldn’t come to this promo shot because of the pandemic and all. I thought this might just be a random woman that was taken for a quick promo picture and they thought that no one would notice with the cowl on her head. But with the news that Ruby leaves the show….this image was perhaps a big, fat sign of the things to come….
What do I think about Ruby and her part on the show?
Well, I’m a HUGE fan of the show as you should know by now. And I will remain a HUGE fan until the end of the show, no matter what happens.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of her being chosen for the role….at first. I mean in her roles in Meg, Resident Evil (Final chapter), XXX 3 and John Wick 2 her acting….was ok for me, but there was certainly room for improvement.
But I think the role really grew on Ruby and her acting improved over the season to a good level. Yet, Ruby always remained somehow in the shadow of Rachel Skarsten in my opinion. Ok, that may be because of the role as Alice is very different of course and offers a bigger variety.
I really like Ruby as an actress and as a human, but I am not a hardcore fan like so many seem to be (15 million followers on Instagram alone!).
What does this mean for the Batwoman show?
Well, it will be VERY ODD to see someone else in that role! But I am sure that I will get used to it when they drop all the promo images and vidoes ahead of season 2.
I hope that I am already “used” to the new actress when the new season starts.
The recast of Kate Kane/Batwoman is a BIG DANGER …..and A HUGE CHANCE at the same time!
Everything depends on WHO they actually choose for the role! It can get a disaster…..but it can also be also be a BIG chance!
WB and CW now have to be really careful of who to choose.
*EDIT* After thinking about it for a while, I do understand the wish for an actress from the LGBTQ community, it makes sense and it will be an important sign.
I don’t have candidates right now, since I don’t know about 99% of the actresses if they are gay or not, as I don’t care about it.
My wishes for the casting would be like this:
– A rather tall and verrrrry well-trained actress, as it would fit really good to a crime-fighting vigilante (in my opinion)
– An actress with an already established fanbase that then follows the show as well (like with Ruby)
– A woman that looks at least a little bit like Ruby….so that the transition gets a little easier
Surely many of the trolls and haters that this show attracted with a lesbian, badass, jewish woman with short hair in the lead role….might celebrate this recast as some kind of “victory” of their pathetic, hateful, troll-agenda. But actually, if they cast wisely….this can turn into the stellar opposite….a smashing DEFEAT for those creatures.
It’s really sad how many folks are seemingly just on “social” media to spread their hateful opinions as they love to pull down others. But enough of that….
I know she won’t read it…but I just wanna thank Ruby Rose for all that she has put into this show. THANKS RUBY!
My limited English can’t really express how grateful I am for you being on the show. But you brought Batwoman and Kate Kane to life in your very own, unique way.
And whoever will follow your footsteps….you were the first Batwoman! I will never forget that 🙂
However, we will get a new actress for the role as Batwoman and Kate Kane and the show will continue!
Ruby Rose has left the show….but BATWOMAN will return!
There has been a new article, that might why she did it:
Hard to say if that’s the truth unless it will be confirmed by someone.
You are welcome to leave your comments below!
What do you think about the recast?
2 thoughts on “Batwoman Special – Ruby Rose has left the Batwoman show!”
An excellent write up covering so many of my feelings on the matter. As a journalist I’m anxious to learn the real story but as it stands it’s her decision. Having been a show producer I’m more concerned about a project moving forward. The cast jelled by what turned out to be the end of the season. This is a time to build up not tear down as some are doing. Your comments in that area are also very good. I love where Batwoman was going and I’m confident it will continue to improve.
Thanks for the comment!
Yeah, I’m very curious who the other cast members will react/have reacted.
Of course they can’t tell everyting they may feel about it, but I hope for some insides on what they think about Ruby leaving.
And yeah, would love to know the real story….if that will ever get out.