The CW Network's Batwoman television series recently cast Javicia Leslie in the titular role following the unexpected departure of Ruby Rose.
The 34-year-old Australian star quit the television series in May this year and did not provide any definitive reason behind the decision. This led to intense speculation online as fans failed to understand her departure, which came even before the first season could be entirely completed.
Ruby Rose initially shot into the limelight for her portrayal of Stella Carlin in the critically acclaimed show 'Orange Is the New Black' and soon starred in big-budget films such as XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and The Meg.
She received further publicity when she was announced as the lead in Batwoman back in 2018. She would then go on to make an unceremonious exit from the show, a decision which she finally addressed during a recent appearance on The Jimmy Fallon Show.
The reason why Ruby Rose quit Batwoman revealed
Ruby Rose recently appeared for an interview on The Jimmy Fallon show, where she finally addressed her departure from Batwoman.
Citing production issues due to COVID-19, she said that she did not bail from the show without giving prior notice to the producers:
"I didn’t up and leave... We were in such a weird position because we had to shut down before we could finish the season because of COVID."
She then went on to reveal that the time spent in quarantine made her contemplate quite a bit and that she spoke to Executive Producer Greg Berlanti about the way forward:
"I ended up talking to Warner Bros. and Greg and where the show was going and we really just kind of had a really honest good chat where we sort of mutually agreed that Kate Kane and her story and everything, we had done what we set out to do"
She then went on to praise her replacement, Javicia Leslie, and believes that she will do a stellar job in carrying forward the role of Batwoman:
"I had a blast and I do really feel like it was right for the show to pass the mantle on to someone else now. There’s going to be many iterations of Batwoman and I’m really proud of it and I can’t wait to watch Season 2."
Later on, in another interview with SiriusXM, she revealed more about her decision to leave the show and stated that her life-threatening injury, which she had encountered on the sets had little to do with her decision:
"It wasn’t that...I mean, that definitely made going back to work so quickly tricky."
She then went on to reveal that the team was really accommodating as they desperately tried to meet the release date of the show.
However, she expressed a tinge of regret when she addressed the show shutting down before even completing one season:
"I think what played a bigger part was more, we got shut down early...We didn’t get to finish the first season, which is such a shame, especially for a first season show"
CW's Batwoman has so far struggled to maintain the initial hype which surrounded its release as the ratings for recent episodes have been dismal, to say the least:
Moreover, with Ruby Rose's exit, it remains to be seen how Season 2 and her successor, Javicia Leslie, ends up faring in the role of Kate Kane aka Batwoman.
Published 09 Oct 2020, 15:35 IST