In the ever-expanding DC TV universe, collectively known as the Arrow-verse for starting with the series Arrow, one of the most interesting choices in casting was for the Batwoman series. Ruby Rose was cast in the lead. She had been a supporting action actor in such explosive blockbusters as xXx: The Rise of Xander Cage and John Wick Chapter 2, but Batwoman would find her taking center stage.
After one season, however, Ruby is pulling out of the show. She broke the news to Deadline:
“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.”
Ruby’s departure leaves a lot to question what went wrong, but it may be worth speculating it was due in part to a stunt during production that went awry. She had a serious back injury and nearly suffered paralysis after emergency surgery. She also came close to severing her spinal cord.
At any rate, she continues…
“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 producers complied with a respectful send-off statement as well.
“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.”