The Arrowverse shows will return next year on the CW, and one of the core series will look entirely different in the form of Batwoman. Days after the show's season finale, lead actress Ruby Rose announced that she is leaving the hit CW series, which left many fans in shock. After that, a leaked casting call from the show spread like wildfire which revealed that a new character in the form of Ryan Wilder will don the cape and cowl when season 2 arrives next year.
This led many fans to believe that Batwoman will depart from the Kate Kane persona entirely, but showrunner Caroline Dries clarified that they "will never erase" the character and that Kate's disappearance will be addressed within the show. Since then, it was announced that God Friended Me actress Javicia Leslie will take the mantle of Batwoman moving forward, and it seems that Rose is supportive of the recent casting.
Now, a new interview with Rose may have shed some light on her shocking departure from the Arrowverse.
While speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Ruby Rose explained the tough decision of leaving Batwoman behind while also sharing her path to recovery from the injury that she suffered from the set of the CW series:
"Being the lead of a superhero show is tough. Being the lead in anything is tough. But I think, in that particular instance, it was a lot more difficult because I was still recovering from my surgery. I had my surgery and then 10 days later I went to work, which maybe wasn't the best idea. Most people take about a month or three off before they return to work, so it was definitely made more difficult by that. But as far as being a lead of a show or a film — regardless if it's action or if it's emotional — in whichever ways it's taxing."
Rose also opened up about her experience playing a superhero like Batwoman while also "reflecting on working under sort of interesting circumstances:"
"The challenge is sort of outweighed. The accomplishment and the trust that people put in you to do that role and then there's also the vibrancy of being able to come on set and set the mood and the tone and the trust being put into it is something that's been such an honor. And I love my experience in [Batwoman]. I'm so grateful that we got to achieve everything that we did and I'm proud of everyone that worked on it. I'm proud of myself for working under sort of interesting circumstances, you know, with the recovery and all. I would definitely do [TV] again. I just think that it was also time for me to take a break to fully heal and then return."
Rose pointed out that the injury that she suffered from the Batwoman set was not the main reason behind her departure. Instead, the actress admitted that the pandemic played a role on the big decision:
"It wasn't so much [the injury], especially because after we wrapped up we didn't get to finish the real finale because of COVID. You know, you have time in quarantine and sort of isolation to just think about a lot of different things and what you want to achieve in life and what you want to do. I think for both [me and the producers], it was a great opportunity to have a dialogue about a lot of things. I respect them so much and they've been so respectful to me."
Lastly, Rose once again offered her support for Leslie's fresh take on the Batwoman persona:
"I think she definitely knows what she's doing and she seems fantastic. I think that honestly, I was so proud and so happy when I was told who would be replacing me. I'm just really stoked and I'm definitely going to watch the next season as well and see how it all comes together."
WHAT THIS MEANS
The departure of Rose from Batwoman stirred up different speculations from fans and several outlets, but this recent statement from the actress may finally put those claims to rest. It's unknown if Rose will return to Batwoman in some capacity, but her positive remarks when it comes to her experience in working for the CW show could potentially mean that the actress will reprise her role as Kate Kane sometime in the future. If anything, Rose returning to Batwoman will give the chance to properly close the story of Kate Kane, and not leave it with a massive cliffhanger.
The addition of Javicia Leslie's Ryan Wilder to an already established Batwoman cast may offer some doubt for fans of the show, but Rose's supportive comments about the new lead actress should ease those worries. While it's true that Leslie's involvement will shift the dynamic and core storyline of Batwoman, there's a good chance that this development could propel the Batwoman persona even more.
However it shakes out, it will be interesting to see how Leslie's Ryan Wilder will fit into the ongoing narrative, and it has the potential to deliver intriguing storylines moving forward.