While her decision to leave Batwoman will always feature some mystery to it, Ruby Rose believe the choice was “best for the show.”
Her comments come from a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show. When asked if her back injury (and a risky operation to correct the problem) just prior to starting work on Batwoman contributed to her departure, Rose once again clarified it wasn’t central to the issue. “They really accommodated trying to help me out the best they could,” she said. Instead, she framed the seemingly mutual decision between the actor and the production to part way as a consequence of the “thought and reflection and kind of everyone did” during the initial months of the COVID-19 lockdown.
“We all kind of thought about where we’re at and, and, and so did, uh, Warner Brothers and [executive producer] Greg [Berlanti],” she explained. “We sort of mutually agreed that probably what was best for the show, um, at the time was they go in a different direction and I go in a different direction. It was tough cause it was sad cause we will love each other, but also it made sense for so many different reasons.”
Early reports suggested Rose, who never before led a television series, never truly acclimated to the long hours on gray Vancouver soundstages far from home. As we’ve visited a couple of the Arrowverse shows during production, we can confirm there is a certain grind to the workday which is never apparent in the final product. Despite the seeming glitz and glamor, making a television show is genuinely stressful work with many shows scheduling regular fourteen-hours days as a matter of course. Though there is downtime, the job still requires being on set, in costume, and in the headspace for physically or emotionally draining scenes. Some thrive in that environment, but it also easy to see someone deciding it is not for them. And though Rose always downplays her injury — which occurred on another production — it can’t have made the days any less stressful.
Nonetheless, Rose said she is excited to see what the show will become with new star Javicia Leslie as Ryan Wilder. “For myself, of course, saying goodbye to that character is sad, but I also am excited for everything else that’s coming up.”
Part of that upcoming storyline will be the ongoing mystery of Kate Kane’s (Rose) absence. Though it seems unlikely Rose will be back in Vancouver anytime soon, it seems addressing her departure will be an element of the series going forward. That’s a good thing considering the first season’s de facto finale set up some pretty tough times for the character.
Batwoman returns to The CW in 2021.
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