WHOA: Ruby Rose Quits CW Series "Batwoman" After One Season!

It's announcement no one saw coming, but Ruby Rose has decided to leave the known CW series (I'm not sure if I can call it a hit) "Batwoman" after a mere one season!  What's more, this is despite the fact that the show had been renewed for a second season!  Here is her full statement below:

“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. 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.”

"Batwoman" has been steeped in controversy since it's initial announcement.  From conservatives not liking the fact that Batwoman was going to be a gay woman, to long time fans who felt the show was joining the bandwagon of man shaming, to journalists who felt people who disliked the show were misogynists, all the way to (I kid you not) some people feeling Ruby Rose wasn't 'gay enough' to play the part (and no, I have no idea what the heck THAT'S supposed to mean)!  Personally, I have no dog in this fight.  I still haven't seen the show and have no opinion of the casting or production.  I noticed it's produced by Greg Berlanti, who has done good work on "The Flash" and "Everwood" (I also personally find "Riverdale" to be a guilty pleasure), so it seems like something I would be willing to check out once it's on BluRay or HBO Max (I'm going to have to find some way to justify signing up for another streaming service).

In the meantime, this does raise questions about what this means for the show going forward.  Do they continue with a second season and recast the role?  Does a new character put on the cape and cowl?  Does the studio just cut their losses at this point (God knows productions will have to be shut down in general to save money after COVID-19 wrecked havoc on the world)?  These are strange times we live in, and unexpected news like this makes it all the more unpredictable.  There's also been a lot of discussion as to exactly why Ruby Rose would leave a confirmed job during a time when work might be difficult to come by?  I have no idea.  Again, I have no dog in this fight and I haven't been covering the show at all til now (heck, I JUST restarted the blog itself).  Whatever the reasons she had are irrelevant.  People leave TV shows all the time (yes, some after one season).  It's just a fact of life.  Should the show continue, hopefully it will be the big break some other aspiring actress has been hoping for!

Your Comic Book Guy - Kevin

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