Ruby Rose quits as 'Batwoman' after one season

Ben Arnold
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Ruby Rose at Batwoman (Credit: The CW/Warner Bros)
Ruby Rose at Batwoman (Credit: The CW/Warner Bros)

Ruby Rose has walked away from the CW series Batwoman after just one season on the show.

The Australian actress said that it was 'not a decision I made lightly', with the role set to be recast before season two.

The first series of the show, in which Rose played Gotham City's masked vigilante Kate Kane - cousin on Bruce Wayne - concluded last weekend.

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In a statement, Rose said: “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.

Actress Ruby Rose participates in the BUILD Speaker Series to discuss the CW television series "Batwoman" at BUILD Studio on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Ruby Rose (Credit: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

“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.”

Rose's character was the first ever out-gay character in a superhero series, something the former Orange Is The New Black star said was 'a big deciding factor' in taking up the role in the CW's Arrowverse.

But making the show was not without its drama.

The 33-year-old was almost paralysed while performing a stunt, leaving her with two herniated discs in her back which were close to severing her spinal chord, requiring emergency surgery (footage of which she posted online).

A production assistant on the show was also left paralysed during filming in Vancouver.

30-year-old Amanda Smith suffered life-changing injuries after a bucket lift was lowered onto her head, resulting in spinal damage.

The show is expected to return in January.