Batwoman Production Assistant Says 'Cruel' Ruby Rose Was 'Tyrant' On Set

By Sam Hargrave Updated:
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Premiering in 2019, Batwoman originally starred Orange Is The New Black actress as Kate Kane, the titular hero. But after only one season, Rose announced her shocking departure from the starring role which would later be filled by Javicia Leslie's Ryan Wilder.

After announcing her departure, the former CW star remained silent on the exact reasons behind her decision. However, Rose recently offered up a statement describing the poor treatment she endured on set from executives, producers, and showrunner Caroline Dries.

Since then, Warner Bros. offered a conflicting statement, revealing that the studio opted not to bring the actress back for a second season based on complaints about her workplace behavior, something which has been supported in comments by a crew member. 

Batwoman Crew Member Describes Ruby Rose Cruelty 

Following Ruby Rose's statements exposing the horrific conditions she endured on the set of Batwoman which led to her departure after Season 1, Alexander J. Baxter, a production assistant on the CW series, has issued his own statement to CBR

In his statement, Baxter described Rose's own appalling behavior on the production, revealing details of her poor treatment of her colleagues. The production assistant began by sharing his excitement he was initially to work on Batwoman calling it an "amazing experience in the making:"

"When I first got into the industry, I was very fortunate to get on certain shows like Supergirl, Sabrina, and a few features here in there, but the highlight of my entry to film was Batwoman season one. I was an actor, aspiring to know more about the film ministry, and when the job came up I was so excited, being a DC fan and a huge fan of Warner Bros., I jumped at the opportunity.

My philosophy was that I could learn as much as I could on sat and then go on to do my own films. Little did I know of the hell that away to me on those sets. The production company was professional, dialled in, and in every way fantastic. The crew was lovely, hard-working and dedicated to countless night shoots, it sounded to be an amazing experience in the making."

Baxter then began to describe his experiences with Ruby Rose saying that she treated "anyone below the line" as if they were "beneath her boots:"

"Then came Ruby Rose. From day one, where her supposed injury stopped her from doing 60% of her job, she began her first day on the show not acknowledging a single crew member besides anyone above the line. And as the days stretch Don, the 18-hour Saturdays for some of us and the crew, things got worse. She showed up late most days, didn’t have her lines memorized, and Whenever she interacted with anyone below the line, production assistant, Alex crew, grapes, it was as though we were beneath her boots. She stormed off set, she yelled at people, and whenever she interacted with any of us production assistants, we were disregarded as the trash we picked up. One day at the studio we spent the entire morning setting up her requested green room (six heaters, because she was used to Australian hot weather, and her table of snacks), only to have her show up, giggle, walk away and say she is good. We chalked it up to another “Ruby is just giving orders for the sake of giving orders moment” and moved on. Then, I was holding a door open for her, after having worked over 15 hours at that point in the freezing cold weather, and she came billowing through the door that I just opened, and she spilt her food. She looked at it, then up at me, and said: “well?” and then stormed off and left me to clean up her mess. That is what it felt like working beneath Ruby: cleaning up her mess. She never thanked us, she only made demands that left us all exhausted emotionally and physically."

The statement goes on to call the former Kate Kane actress a "dictator to work for," revealing she made him consider leaving the industry. Baxter even went on to accuse Rose of taking "all assortments of drugs" on shooting days and showing up hours late, based on information he learned from "one of her close friends:"

"She was a dictator to work for and having been nothing but a Production Assistant eager to get into the industry, she made me consider quiting. If this was the industry I was going to get into, I sure as hell wasn’t going to work for entitled tyrants. Living downtown, I met one of her close friends on a dating app and he shared with me stories of them partying and getting high on all assortments of drugs, and funnily enough the days where she showed up 8 hours late to set, were the days he spoke about. She didn’t care how long we waited for her and made sure everything was perfect and ready, she just cared about her personal party lifestyle. We worked countless long days, always going into overtime because she was either late or not off book, or some other reason relating to her not wanting to be there. From the moment we started the show she made every new person that came on uneasy and unsupported. She was a horrible star and made so many of us feel like we were helping make a show for a dictator."

The production assistant concluded his statement by describing his fury towards Rose's statement as she was "[badmouthing] a company that she tried to screw over:"

"Filmmakers, no matter what position they are on a film set deserve to be treated with respect. That’s how I was taught growing up and in film school, and when I read her article claiming that the production was at fault, it infuriated me because having been there, I don’t wanna stand by and let her badmouth a company that she tried to screw over. No matter how bad your day, you have no right to be cruel. And season 1 was her reign of cruelty."

The Batwoman Situation Develops

The situation surrounding Ruby Rose's mysterious exit from Batwoman continues to become increasingly complicated. Granted, it seems impossible for either side to prove their side of the story, although it's entirely possible for Rose's claims to be true and her still be difficult to work with.

Over the coming days and weeks, it's likely that further perspectives on the production will continue to surface as crew members, executives, and actors issue their own statements to share their experiences and to defend themselves from accusations

Whatever the case, Rose's departure from Batwoman, be it by choice or not, seems to have been the right decision for all parties as the series has since been able to move forward successfully with Javicia Leslie's DC hero. Meanwhile, Ruby Rose has since acted in multiple series and theatrical releases like The Doorman and SAS: Red Notice

Batwoman airs Wednesday nights, only on The CW.

- About The Author: Sam Hargrave
Sam Hargrave is the Associate Editor at The Direct. He joined the team as a gaming writer in 2020 before later expanding into writing for all areas of The Direct and taking on further responsibilities such as editorial tasks and image creation.