Major shock over at the CW and Warner Bros. Lead actress Ruby Rose has decided she doesn’t want to be Batwoman anymore.  She’s quitting the role after just a single season.

The announcement was made yesterday just two days after the show landed it’s season finale. The role will apparently be re-cast as the show has been renewed for a second season. The CW pulled it’s entire scripted line-up forward for renewal, 12 shows in all, as part of a sensible move to not get bogged down in new concept and show creation at a time when productions are halted or running behind schedule. They removed a layer of uncertainty from their operating model.

So this Batwoman news has caused waves in TV Land. Remember the massive deal that was made of this show and it’s casting at the time? It was declared a major event as it was the first scripted, live-action series to feature a lesbian super-hero. PornHub may have got there first with the concept, but this was the first series, with a script, on a network!

Well if they HAVE to re-cast??!!

Show producer Greg Berlanti and showrunner Caroline Dries are noth openly gay so they felt it was important the lead role went to a member of the LGBT community which led them to Ruby Rose.

Warner Bros. TV, Berlanti Productions and Rose herself have all been full of nothing but praise and warm feelings for each other around this announcement.  Rose herself 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. 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.”

In return, The CW, Warner Bros. TV and Berlanti Productions blew smoke back by saying jointly:

“Warner Bros. Television, The CW and Berlanti Productions thank Ruby for her contributions to the success of our first season and wish her all the best. The studio and network are firmly committed to Batwoman’s second season and long-term future, and we — along with the show’s talented creative team — look forward to sharing its new direction, including the casting of a new lead actress and member of the LGBTQ community, in the coming months.”

Much will inevitable be made about a “backlash” that was apparently evident on social media following her casting which led her to quit Twitter (but not Instagram). Story choices, marketing decisions, announcement styles, script, theming and messages will likely not be examined forensically when they start the post-mortem into any reactions.

Batwoman was forced to end two episodes early due to the COVID19 closedown. It is unclear if those last two episodes were intended to contain any handover material to pave the way for a new character.