Batwoman's lead star Ruby Rose is leaving the show. On May 19, Rose confirmed her departure from the CW series in a statement, saying, "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."
Rose went on to thank the behind-the-scenes team, adding, "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 production companies backing Batwoman also spoke out about the news, saying, "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."
Rose's exit has left some fans wondering if it's due to personal reasons, namely an emergency surgery she had to undergo after being injured on set last year. However, a source told Variety that her decision to leave Batwoman "had nothing to do with her health or injury." The superhero show, which is renewed for season two, will return to the small screen in January 2021, though it's unclear who will now take the reins as the title character.